Think Parquetry Floors Are Only For Older Homes? Think Again!

Parquetry floors are making a comeback.

Popular in grand homes from the Edwardian era, parquetry’s geometric patterns chime beautifully with current design trends. 


Contemporary Parquetry Flooring


Block-patterned timber flooring, known as parquet, was first introduced at none other than the infamous Palace of Versailles, France in 1684. Their decorative nature was eye-catching but practical as well – the easy to install floors began replacing marble flooring, which required constant cleaning and often harbored rotting joists beneath the slabs.

Parquetry floors were used in grand homes during Edwardian times and stayed popular well until the 1930s.

With geometric patterns trending in modern designs, parquet is enjoying yet another revival. While many contemporary designs focus on solid colors with little to no texture, the natural tones of parquet bring a subtle but sophisticated visual rythem to modern interiors.

Modern Parquetry Flooring

The timeless quality of the materials and patterns of parquet flooring suit both period and ultra modern homes and lend themselves particularly well to spacious interiors, including the open floor plans  that are now a staple of the modern home. Patterned, geometric wood flooring looks equally impressive in private and commercial spaces, including single family homes, luxury apartments, penthouses and professionally-designed homes.



Durable, hard-wearing, and beautiful – parquet timber flooring is easy to care for and doesn’t bend under the test of time.


The traditional process of laying parquet flooring  by hand required piecing each board together using hot bitumen. It was a highly skilled, labor-intensive process that would be prohibitively expensive today. Thankfully, today’s modern, cold-use adhesives and click-together technology allows flooring pros to piece together a timeless textured parquet floor that is financially accessible to even the most limited renovation budgets.


If you’re interested in more about parquetry floors, try the resources below:

Boral Flooring’s Parquetry Resource Page 


Home Flooring Pros


Houzz’s Parquet Flooring Design Ideas


Victoriana Magazine





Past Meets Present in An Arts and Crafts Mansion Renovation

Oak parquetry flooring unites old and new.


This grand “Arts and Crafts” mansion renovation features sporty additions by the visionary architects at Canny Design.

All photography by Derek Swalwell
















Not every home boasts an indoor basketball court, but that’s just one of the inclusions in this renovation of a grand Federation Arts and Crafts home in Kew, Victoria.



Tasked with designing the renovation of a five bedroom home inhabited by a couple with four active, sports-loving children, Canny Design was briefed to deliver not only an underground basketball court, but a new children’s playroom, a gym, a luxurious home cinema and a modern rear extension to enjoy time with family as well.


The formal rooms at the front of the house include many beautiful heritage timber features, including:


In the meantime, the rear of the home was reconfigured and extended to create:

  • a study
  • master suite
  • a kitchen
  • a butler’s pantry
  • a dedicated meal and living area
  • a laundry
  • two powder rooms

Last but not least, the second story features four bedrooms and two bathrooms.


“The home doesn’t feel too big upon first entry…it slowly reveals its elegant grandeur, without being pretentious.” -Mary-Ann Woff, head architect at Canny Design.






To marry old and new, the architects specified oak parquetry flooring for the new kitchen and dining area. Parquet harks back to the era in which the house was built, and lends warmth and texture to the modern extension. The subtle play of geometry  from the floor adds a just the right touch of texture to the white-walled interior.




“The clients can soak up the outdoor atmosphere and make the most of the northerly sun that streams through the floor-to-ceiling sliding doors,” says Woff. “The [various] views to the pool – and to the alfresco areas make this room a real Australian-living feature.”






Needless to say, this mansion renovation was a success.