How to Get Creative with a Parquet Floor

Parquet floors are often associated with the past after gaining popularity in the 1600’s. Despite this historical background, parquet floors are certainly not a thing of the past. Making a massive comeback in the interior world, many homeowners are combining a traditional parquet floor with a twist of modern style. The end result – a contemporary floor with old-fashioned roots and timeless appeal.

Parquetry floors

Here are 5 ideas to inspire you when it comes to installing your parquet floor:


  1. Mismatched Chevron

The chevron V-shape design is a classic when it comes to laying a parquet floor. To add a contemporary twist to this popular look, you can use contrasting colours like white and brown to make the wood pop.


  1. Use Contrasting Finishes

If laying contrasting colours is a little too bold for your interior preferences, you can still make a visual statement by using contrasting finishes on your chevron design. Alternatively, you can use contrasting borders on your floor pattern for a similar effect.


  1. Lay in the Hallway

Parquetry is renowned for its grand status and therefore often associated with wide open rooms. However, even long narrow spaces can benefit from a parquet pattern; with furniture space limited, it is important for the floor to make a lasting impression. Something that draws the eye such as Herringbone is a good option or create a unique pattern to add depth and visual appeal.


  1. Opt for a Lighter Tone

Instead of common dark browns, try lighter shades of wood especially in smaller rooms. Not only will this make the space look and feel bigger, it will also add character and personality to what could alternatively be a small, plain room.


  1. Choose Contrasting Furniture

If a lighter floor isn’t for you, try a dark shade of brown and opt for lighter interior instead. The colour distinctions will give the room a modern flair whilst still maintaining elegance and class.

If you would like to find out more about parquetry designs for your new floor, take a look at our range or speak to one of our flooring professionals at Floormania who will be happy to assist.

Which Underlay Should I Choose?

Underlays are known for their noise reducing capabilities and are installed underneath your flooring material. Absorbing the vibrations caused by footfall, they are particularly beneficial in multi-storey apartment buildings and homes/offices with lots of foot traffic.


Here at Floormania, we offer two brands of acoustic underlay for both residential and commercial premises. In this blog, we will compare both brands, allowing you to decide which is right for you.



This brand has two underlays available:


Combi-Lay Standardthis good-quality polyolefin underlay has a medium density and can be easily installed under a floating floor using the “peel and stick” application. At 2mm thick, it has damp-proof characteristics and is very easy to handle. It is also a low-cost option.


Quiet-Step Combi-Laythe big advantage of this premium underlay is that it reflects foot noise by 30% unlike other underlays. This also complies with multi-storey building requirements. It is made of a high-density polyolefin copolymer resin which not only reduces surface noise but is also continually damp-proof. It has the same easy installation of the Combi-Lay Standard and is regarded as a superior underlay.



This brand also has two underlays, both eco-friendly options:


K225 5mm – manufactured from recycled cork and rubber granulates, this sustainable underlay can reduce foot noise by 25% (between 500 and 2,000 Hz). The underlay can be installed underneath a wood or parquet floor and is also suitable for underfloor heating. It has a quick and easy installation process, is PVC free and also provides extra comfort underfoot.


6015 6-3mm this high-quality Regupol underlay is combined of recycled rubber and polyurethane and finished in a dimple profile to create an effective sound barrier that works in both wet and dry areas. It can also be used with underfloor heating and can be installed under tile or engineered wood floors.


If you would like more information about our range of underlays, you can visit our website or talk to us in person (find your nearest store here).