To avoid a messy demolition, a floating cork floor was installed directly on top of the existing tile. When updating bathrooms, designers stress the importance of choosing materials which fit the era and architecture. Cork was a popular material used in the 1950s, the decade in which the property was built. Should the home be put on the market, the historically accurate materials will help with resale.
If your furniture is scratching up your wood floors, keep them looking pristine with cork. Slice a wine cork horizontally to create 1/4-inch-thick round sections. Then, use adhesive dots to attach them to the bottoms of your chair and table legs.
California designer Gabriel Shaw used cork flooring for its amazing acoustic-insulating properties in this home office. It is also much more comfortable to walk on than traditional hardwood and tile. Today's cork color options span the color palette and make it more durable than it was in the past.
Throughout the home's interior, elegantly curved bamboo ceilings naturally circulate indoor breezes. Cork flooring mimics tropical hardwood, but is cost-effective, resilient and acoustically beneficial.
A cork floor displays a large light blue island with a polished gray countertop in this bright, contemporary kitchen. Shades of blue and yellow subway tile on the backsplash bring pops of extra color between the white upper cabinets and blue lower cabinets. Stainless steel appliances and chairs give a modern touch.
A backsplash of blue and pale yellow subway tile complements the dark gray countertops while bringing in pops of color. A mix of white and blue cabinets add contrast to the space, while a cork floor provides a unique textural element in this transitional kitchen.
Dark cork walls are a smart touch in this laundry room, offering a great space to display children's artwork and tying in with the cork flooring. A cushioned bench serves as a small mudroom space to store shoes and hang jackets on the mounted hooks beside it. The blue paint brightens the space with some color and finishes the organized, clean look.
Non-toxic cork is taken from bark of the cork oak tree. It's used to make cork flooring and is a key ingredient in eco-friendly linoleum. Cork is a sustainable material, meaning the bark grows back and can be harvested repeatedly. Corkoleum, from US Floors, combines the best attributes of natural cork in its linoleum products.
To connect the bedroom to the walk-in closet, Encircle Deisgn and Build's Klaas deJonge designed a keyhole doorway with a built-in bench. A custom platform bed and headboard are built from reclaimed lumber, while the room has cork flooring.
A baseball-themed bedroom includes a cork floor and variegated shag rug. More comfortable than AstroTurf, the rug mimics an outfield next to the baseline. Under-the-bed drawers have an industrial look while offering priceless storage below a platform bed.
A large, blue kitchen island not only offers room for prep and cooking but also features seating, built-in cookbook storage, drawers and a wine refrigerator. A metal chair has a modern look against the contemporary cork flooring and blue tile backsplash.