Industrial Grey Antique Oak Parquet (Harley Street, London)Scandinavian Kitchen, London
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Make your floors look fabMost period properties will have a combination of tiled and timber floors, and stripped wooden floorboards give a period house an authentic feel. Originally, these would have been stained dark to resemble mahogany, but go with what you love. If you need to replace rotten sections of board, first see whether you could take any from another part of the house where the floor will be covered. If you’re laying new wood flooring – whether you go for a solid or engineered design – consider the width of the boards alongside other elements of interior architecture. Boards that are too wide in a small room can overwhelm, but those that are too narrow can look mean. As an alternative, consider parquet, as these homeowners have done in their spacious kitchen, as it can be a striking complement to a contemporary scheme.Browse photos of wooden floors
What type of wood is best for parquet?Each type of wood has benefits, from durability and natural colour to availability and price. However, all three experts here agree that oak is the best. “The king of these, without a doubt, is European oak,” says Justin Miskinis of Hitt Oak. “It’s famous for its hard-wearing properties and its ability to be stained to any colour. Untreated oak is naturally light in colour, so it takes on any tone easily, like a white piece of paper. “Most importantly, it’s easy to source, which means suppliers keep it in stock and sell it at a very reasonable price.”10 things you need to know about solid wood flooring
The open-plan spaceAfter a long morning visiting the poor or enduring a bumpy carriage ride, most Jane Austen heroines would blanch at the prospect of relaxing in a space like this. It would seem altogether too austere! To today’s eyes, though, it’s a fascinating example of how ambitiously Georgian homes can be modernised. While the aesthetic is contemporary, this kitchen-diner is still obviously period, and its original features are shown off and celebrated by the simple scheme.
Mix it all upAs it tends to be a relaxed, informal space, quirky and mismatched seating works really well in the kitchen – and will make your table feel more inviting.Look out for stools and elegant wooden desk chairs in second-hand shops to build an eclectic collection of perches, as the owners of this kitchen have done. This mixture of chairs breaks up the sleek, all-white backdrop and injects some warmth into the space.