Flooring is an important element when it comes to the design of any space - it can instantly make a room seem larger, brighter, cosier or more sophisticated.
Are you thinking about using parquet in your next interior design project? Discover all the parquet suppliers in Malta and Gozo.
What is Parquet Flooring?
Parquet is a popular flooring option that features wooden slabs laid on floors in various geometric patterns. The most frequently used wood types are red oak, white oak, pine, iroko wood and maple and but more unique types such as mahogany are sometimes used as well. The wood is usually varnished or waxed for protection against moisture and marks. Varnished floor is a coating that forms a hard sheen on top of the wood while wax is a soft substance that fills the wood's pores.
Although this type of flooring was first introduced in French palaces in the 17th century, it has since become a favourite option in commercial buildings, indoor sports areas (such as basketball courts) and residential spaces. Many opt for parquet floors for their home since it can immediately create a cosy, welcoming atmosphere. Indeed, this type of flooring can instantly add warmth and a touch of luxury to any area. This is coupled with the fact that each piece is truly unique due to the variations in the wood grain. Parquet floors can also be easily vacuumed or cleaned with a dry mop.
However, there are also other characteristics that are important to keep in mind when looking at parquet flooring. Wood is a natural material that requires regular maintenance and protection from humidity and moisture. Dog owners (especially those that have larger dogs) should also be careful when it comes to the type of parquet that they choose. For instance, distressed, hand scraped or more rustic finishes will show scratches and marks less while a stronger grain will withstand wear and tear more easily.
Engineered floors are also increasingly popular. Engineered floors look very similar to their solid wood counterparts but are made of layered man-made or composite materials. The advantage of this option is that it is easier to install apart from being less sensitive to environmental conditions.
If you need something that is practical without giving up the look and feel of parquet flooring; then it is a good idea to explore the idea of parquet ceramic tiles. Laminate and vinyl parquet are also great options to consider when looking for the perfect floor for your lifestyle. Laminate parquet is an affordable option that is effectively an amalgamation of synthetic layers that is designed to have the appearance of wood flooring. Vinyl flooring is also a cost-effective, low maintenance flooring that is made from PVC sheets with a wood pattern printed on it.
Parquet Flooring in Malta
There is a large number of parquet floor suppliers distributed across the Maltese Islands. It is possible to visit various outlets to view samples and discuss which parquet floor is best suited for your needs.
The cost varies according to the type of wood and finish that is chosen and is usually calculated per m2. Free quotes and free consultation are usually available, so it is possible to see if your preferred option will fit within your budget and your property's characteristics. Various wood grain options are usually available with some suppliers even offering reclaimed wood and vintage parquet.
Parquet installation and parquet maintenance are services that are also provided.
What Are the Most Popular Parquet Patterns and Colours?
Parquet is a timeless floor solution that will not feel outdated after a few years and there are some patterns and colours that are always very popular.
The most commonly installed parquet patterns are chevron and herringbone. Herringbone features wooden planks laid out in a rectangular zigzag pattern while chevron is a v-shaped layout that is repeated throughout the area. Parquet can be stained various colours to suit both contemporary and traditional spaces. For instance, a darker stain looks great in a classic space, white makes any space look brighter, warm honey shades add instant warmth and greige (a shade that is a cross between beige and grey) is the perfect neutral that will blend in with many decor styles.
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