Have you ever entered ‘parquet floors’ into the search bar on Pinterest? If you do, you’ll be rewarded with page after page of beautiful rooms with even more beautiful wood parquet floors. Trust me, you’ll want to rip up your flooring at home and start again. It doesn’t matter whether the rooms themselves (kitchens, dining rooms, bedrooms, living rooms, they’re all there) are full of period details, minimalist in design, or Scandinavian inspired, parquet floors suit them all.
So then I get to thinking again about the floors at home that are currently falling short of my ideal. Downstairs isn’t so bad. Black tiles in the kitchen (yes they do show every single bit of fluff off my dog, and every paw print, and every bit of dropped food) and a wood effect vinyl in the living room (don’t judge, it was there when I moved in). But upstairs is a sea of beige developers carpet. Convenient when you move in (I think I’ve said this before), as you can just position your furniture and forget about it, but it doesn’t look as good after three years. Actually, it never looked good. It was the easy and cheap option.
Is it any wonder that I’m lusting after beautiful wood parquet floors?
Reason No 1
Wood is just so beautiful. Nothing beats it for adding warmth and texture to a room. Parquet wood flooring also adds classy detail. The floor is one of the first things you notice (or should be) when you enter a room and it deserves to given the design consideration it deserves. Woodpecker Flooring has just added five new floors to their Goodrich collection that are all brushed to bring out the beauty of the wood grain and matt lacquered for durability and a subtle satin sheen.
Haze Oak from the Goodrich collection at Woodpecker Flooring
Reason No 2
A parquet floor really does suit every type of interior. The deep skirting boards of period homes look stunning against a wooden floor. Modern homes that are devoid of much in the way of stand-out features really benefit from the character parquet adds. And the Scandinavian inspired interiors that everyone seems to currently crave, all call for blonde wood to warm up the minimalist colour palette that they favour.
Espresso Oak from the Goodrich collection at Woodpecker Flooring
Reason No 3
Compared to carpet a wood floor is one of the easiest surfaces to keep clean and maintained. I dread to think of what carpets harbour in their fluffy depths. Wood is naturally hygienic and anti-allergenic. It will show fluff, but I’d much rather see my enemies and deal with them than have them hiding away. Regular sweeping with a soft bristled broom will get rid of dust and rogue bits of grit on the floor. You can also vacuum a natural wood floor too – ideally with a soft brush attachment to minimise scratching. Occasional mopping is good, but remember wetness can damage a hardwood floor so always use a well-wrung mop when cleaning and remove excess liquid immediately.
Salted Oak from the Goodrich collection at Woodpecker Flooring
Reason No 4
Wood gets better with age. Fact. Normal wear and tear and the occasional scratches will not detract from the beauty of the surface. In my mind it will just add character and personality. Our homes are for living in, not for treating as show-homes. If deeper scratches or gouges occur all is not lost either. There are lots of diy treatments for wooden floors and experts available if you need them. However, as a basic preventative, you might consider re-coating your floor every two or three years. All much easier and more cost effective than replacing carpet.
Feather Oak from the Goodrich collection at Woodpecker Flooring
Reason No 5
A parquet floor will make you home more sale-able in the future. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve taken a second look at a home on an estate agents site because it has a parquet floor. It’s one of those features that will make you home more attractive to buyers, and that’s something that none of us can lose sight of at the end of the day.
Just so long as I can find a house with a parquet floor for my next home.
Browse the Goodrich Parquet collection and get free samples at the Woodpecker website.
This post has been written in collaboration with Woodpecker Flooring but all views are my own.