Get on board: the best modern parquet flooring

Original floorboards not up to scratch or non-existent? Or just fancy taking your wood flooring up a notch? Whichever is the case, if you're planning a new floor, parquet panels offer character, warmth and a feeling of understated luxury.

Popular in seventeenth century Versailles, and often laid here in grand historic houses, country estates and Royal palaces, parquet's high status associations may be obvious, but natural timber still offers an earthy warmth that's popular in modern homes.

Wood is also a material that ages well, (as the owners' of those historic houses can testify). It can withstand a few scuffs and scratches, and the variations in the grain generally allow any marks to blend in unnoticed. Spilt your Cab Sav or morning Macchiato? No problem on a parquet floor. A quick wipe and there's no trace, unlike some other floor coverings.

It's also pretty toddler and child proof, easily withstanding pram and buggy wheels or the odd skateboard scuff.

But what to go for? The choice of parquet boards is wider than ever, from the classic herringbone or chevron to chequerboard, geometric and woven style patterns, so go for something you won't easily tire of.

There's also a beautiful selection of timbers on offer. It goes without saying to check that it's FSC and responsibly sourced from a managed forest - and generally best to avoid exotic woods. If you'd like something truly eco, reclaimed boards are a great option.

Oak is a hard wood and therefore hard-wearing so it features heavily in our edit. It's available in a multitude of gorgeous finishes too. There's fumed, limed and weathered to name just a few. So read on and get on board with parquet flooring.

Of course, a beautiful wood floor deserves a fitting accompaniment, so peruse our edit of Brushstroke Rugs here.

Layton herringbone antique oak, £355.14 sq m, Woodworks by Ted Todd

Layton herringbone antique oak, £355.14 sq m, Woodworks by Ted Todd

A rare pairing of 17th century antique oak in toasted mink hues and warm textures.

Mosaic Forum Ithaca oak, £138 sq m, Solid Floor

Mosaic Forum Ithaca oak, £138 sq m, Solid Floor

Inspired by the typical 1960s and 70s chequerboard panels, several ageing processes have been applied to rustic timber to create this warm, lived-in look.

Traditional white oak herringbone, £94.80 sq m, The New & Reclaimed Flooring Company

Traditional white oak herringbone, £94.80 sq m, The New & Reclaimed Flooring Company

This flooring is the perfect balance between the white weathered texture and the grey and sandy colour variations for a refreshed antique style.

Mansion Weave Hoxton oak, £190.80, Ecora

Mansion Weave Hoxton oak, £190.80, Ecora

The woven pattern on this custom made flooring would be a glamorous addition to any interior.

Heritage HP007 University oak, from £99.99 sq m, Kersaint Cobb

Heritage HP007 University oak, from £99.99 sq m, Kersaint Cobb

This chequerboard pattern has a simple utilitarian feel.

Castello Fumo oak, £85 sq m, Kährs

Castello Fumo oak, £85 sq m, Kährs

This rich, smokey oak floor is laid in a classic pattern for a timeless feel.

Hexparket solid oak, £234 sq m, Junckers

Hexparket solid oak, £234 sq m, Junckers

The geometric shapes and patterns in nature have a great impact on architecture and interior design and were the influence for this oak flooring.

Hexparket solid oak, £234 sq m, Junckers

Hexparket solid oak, £234 sq m, Junckers

The geometric shapes and patterns in nature have a great impact on architecture and interior design and were the influence for this oak flooring.

Darna diamond HW7824 engineered oak, £160.74 sq m, Havwoods

Darna diamond HW7824 engineered oak, £160.74 sq m, Havwoods

An unusual alternative to standard parquet or chevron blocks.

Habitation Weathered Barn smoked oak, £99.49 sq m, Claybrook

Habitation Weathered Barn smoked oak, £99.49 sq m, Claybrook

This flooring comes alive with texture and movement as the beautiful wood grain catches the light