It’s only once something gets cleaned do you really appreciate it. After spending a Saturday afternoon giving Mark’s flat a deep clean, we couldn’t help but notice how well the floor comes up after a bit of a hoover and mop. Parquet flooring is the kind of design feature that is sometimes overlooked because you literally walk all over it, but we’re definitely going to take note from today.

The parquet flooring in Mark's Flat
That’s better!

The method of parquetry dates back to the 1600s in France and it’s a design that’s stood the test of time. Installed into the Palace of Versailles to replace the marble, which required constant cleaning, the flooring would be a welcome addition to our palace! There are loads of options available to bring this design into your home and we’ve spotted these save and splurge options:

Parquet from Carpetright
Toulouse Vinyl Flooring, £9.74 per sq metre – Carpetright
Natura Oak Rustic Parquet Block Flooring
Natura Oak Rustic Parquet Block Flooring, £25.83 per sq metre – Flooring Supplies

However, while we would love love LOVE to have this somewhere in our new place, it’s quite rare to see in rented accommodation. It’s also even more unlikely that we’ll be 1) allowed to lay new flooring and 2) we would be able to afford to. So there, bubble burst.

Oh well…

Until we’re in that position, we don’t want to see any other kind of flooring in where we live. We certainly don’t need some sad, constant reminder of what we could have had – like a pea-green carpet that’s really past its best or cheap laminate that you can’t stop yourself sliding on when you’ve been a bit over-zealous with the furniture polish. So we’re going to need to snap up an amazing rug to take our minds off it. Here’s what we’d save, spend and splurge on:

Chevron Red Rug from Tesco
Chevron Red Rug, £7.50 – Tesco
Grid Greys Wool Medium Geometric Pattered Rug
Grid Greys Wool Medium Geometric Pattered Rug, £250 – Habitat
Limited Edition Contemporary Handmade Rug by Alexone from Foundation Rugs
Limited Edition Rug by Alexone, £3,00 – Foundation Rugs

So, obviously we’re not going to spend£3,000 on a rug just yet, but we can dream… Do you have any alternative ways of creating the parquet flooring-effect? We’d love to hear about them!

Until then we’re going to parquet away,
David & Mark x

2 replies on “Parqueting spaces

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