I have a 46 year old house with parquet flooring in all bedroooms and hall. (I am planning to put down Bamboo in the living/dining/ kitchen area, and my daughter said that's a No NO! It would not match or flow! ) I may do it anyway, after hearing your imput!

For the parquet,since I am an avid gardener, I thought it would be neat to refinish and randomly paint a plant botanical on some squares. Possibly just in the hallway. All Google searches only brought up painting the entire floor. I don't want to do this. Any Tips on protection of the floors, once done?
I'm assuming the steps should be in this order:
1. refinish floors
2. paint the botanicals
3. then have polyurethane applied

ANY tips appreciated!