Laying out the design. When a parquet design is highly intricate, the main objective is to keep the parquet squares symmetrical with the walls. In this photo, the staircase serves as the focal point of the room, so the pieces needed to be lined up with the staircase rather than the walls. To help with this, a border was added to the periphery of the floor. Shown: The high-gloss varnish on this flooring makes for an extremely hard-wearing surface — great in an entrance hall that sees a lot of traffic.