Cork is big news in interiors for 2017. Sadly, not the wine variety, though if you’re offering, I’ll have a glass. Initially popular in the 1970’s, this natural and sustainable material is making a comeback. Interior designers have reignited their love for this versatile material, using it everywhere from flooring, to wall coverings and home accessories.
Aside from being a sustainable product, it is also very practical and cost effective. You can purchase flooring tiles from as little as £11.99 per square metre, which is peanuts, but they look great. I am hugely tempted to have a go with these in our own home. Our kitchen floor tiles are nothing short of hideous and at these prices, we could cover them up for less than £100! I feel a project coming on!
Here are a few examples of how you can incorporate one of this years key looks in your home.
I’ll begin with how I would like to see cork used in our home and that is flooring. Cork offers a surprisingly durable and aesthetically pleasing finish. I was pleasantly surprise by this because when I first heard about cork flooring, I thought of a corkboard style finish. This level of softness would hardly be ideal, but cork floor tiles have a far harder finish then the type you find in a wine bottle. The tiles are made from pieces of bark leftover from from punched bottle corks, which are then pressed and baked to make hard sheets.
One thing to keep in mind if you do decide to go down the cork flooring route, is that they should ideally be resealed every few years and they may not be suitable for use in damp conditions.
Cork Wall Coverings
This may not be a look for everyone, but it certainly makes for a big impact. Cork tiles come in a vast array of styles and sizes, which means its relatively simple to create a style that could work for you. It also offers hypoallergenic benefits because it naturally repels mold and mildew. In addition to this, they also help to improve insulation and can act as a sound barrier.
Cork furniture is a great way to introduce natural material and texture into your decor scheme. It can also inject a modern feel into your home, particularly where it’s flexible qualities lend itself well to creating sculptural designs.
Cork Home Accessories
The high street is awash with cork accessories for the home and I and trying very hard to stop myself from piling them all into my online basket! We are trying to be more sensible with our cash this year, which I have to say is ruining my online browsing fun!!