If you've ever found yourself standing in a room with a chevron parquet floor, you will no doubt have found your eyes drifting downward as you absorbed it's beauty! This remarkable pattern adds undeniable grace and interest to any space, between it's pleasing geometrical form and the way it highlights the natural beauty of the wood from which it is constructed. This particular style of hardwood flooring has been treasured over centuries, and now finds itself standing firm amongst the highest of interior design trends. Here we will look at why chevron parquet flooring is so prized, and what to consider when selecting it for your home, office or commercial interior.
Identifying Chevron Parquet
This particular style of parquetry is distinguished by the specific form and layout of the blocks from which it is constructed. Most commonly, chevron wood flooring will be comprised of blocks that have been cut at each end to an angle of 45 degrees, although some may opt for angles varying between 30 and 60 degrees. The blocks are then aligned so as to form rows of the familiar chevron shape, creating long running lines throughout the length of the parquetry. Chevron parquet rose to popularity alongside it's cousin, herringbone parquet, which is similarly constructed but with the blocks instead cut to a right angle. A delve into the finest homes of France's capital would reveal that it reached dizzying heights of popularity amongst the owners of Parisian apartments and mansions in the 19th century, when Georges-Eugène Haussmann transformed Paris with the bold and stately architecture style for which is the city is so greatly celebrated today.
A Compliment To Any Space
The desirability of chevron wood flooring can be traced to it's phenomenal versatility. It's elegant form serves perfectly to add interest to large, open interiors, breaking up otherwise blank spaces. Simultaneously, it offers the illusionary means to make a small space appear larger. Depending on your choice of wood and finish, chevron parquet will allow you to powerfully alter the feeling experienced within any space where you choose to apply it.
Chevron wood flooring serves to elevate traditional spaces, from classical to country home, and can be used to create a refined air within offices and commercial interiors, fostering associations with quality and poise. It also offers a fantastic compliment to contemporary minimalist or industrial looks, as the soft lines of the wood grain within each block, and the precise lines and angles of the chevron pattern itself, set off the clean forms of the structural design and furnishings they accompany. One can even make such a simple alteration as choosing whether to lay the chevron design in parallel to the walls of the interior, for a classically dignified feel, or at a diagonal, for a more playful, funky vibe.
Innumerable Aesthetic Potentials
Chevron parquet flooring can be comprised of either finer, more narrow blocks, or wider blocks as per your preference. The length of each blocks will also alter the final aesthetic, so considering these options with your intended space in mind is an important step of the process. Finer blocks will offer a more delicate pattern, while wider blocks can contribute greatly to the visual stretching of a smaller space.
The choice of wood and finish for chevron wood parquet is almost limitless. Hardwoods with interesting knot and burl features, or strongly contrasting grain colours can create stunning effects as they run at opposing angles through the chevron parquet pattern. These are certainly floors that will give visitors cause to pause when entering a room!
A more monochromatic hardwood selection will offer a modestly beautiful finish that creates a sense of calm, while mixing wood tones can create highly decorative designs that function as a spectacular feature. A highly polished finish offers unquestionable elegance, while a lightly coloured rustic finish, especially on a wider block and within an airy interior, can create a lifting yet unusual beach-house atmosphere: the potential is vast and varied!
An Environmentally Friendly Selection
At Hoff Parquet we use the highest quality of eco-friendly oils and waxes to finish the chevron parquet flooringthat we proudly offer. This is not, however the only environmental aspect to consider when choosing chevron parquet for your interior. Because such parquetry involves constructing stunning designs from relatively small pieces of hardwood, fewer trees are felled in proportion to the area of flooring to be created.
Chevron wood flooring can be comprised of either solid hardwood, or excellent quality engineered wood that offers comparable durability alongside compatibility with underfloor heating, and a greater diversity of flooring solutions. We also source reclaimed oak which offers the inimitable beauty that only antique hardwood can provide.
Whatever the interior you are selecting for, our team are always on hand to guide you through the many potentials that chevron parquet flooring has to offer. Undoubtedly, just as this stunning form of parquetry has held it's favour over centuries, it's presence in your home, office or commercial space is an investment that you will enjoy far into the future.