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.
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.
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.
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 home office with an industrial style desk is anchored by an animal hide rug. An over-sized bulletin board with cork tiles is bordered with personal photographs. Multiple low-hanging ceiling lights and a large window provides ample lighting. The polka dot wallpaper and unique accessories make it the perfect space for creative inspiration.
In this living-room makeover featured on HGTV's Brother Vs. Brother, fish-scale tiles add texture to the neutral fireplace without overwhelming the transitional living room. A basket, glass vases filled with corks and a large decorative clock accessorize the mantel and hearth.
Black banded accents and dark cork floors pop against the mostly white palette of this family-friendly bathroom. Vessel sinks with shiny brass fixtures sit atop custom wood and metal cabinetry. A frameless glass door leads into a modern shower sheathed in white marble tile.
A freestanding bathtub with brass fixtures sits beneath a “fireplace" cutout surrounded by turquoise-hued tile. Custom cabinetry offers towel storage, and a built-in wine rack sets the stage for a luxurious bathing experience. Cork plank flooring is durable and easy to clean.
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.
Metal-framed mirrors with brass accents flank a backlit panel in this unique master bathroom with industrial touches. A custom-built metal vanity with wood drawers features dual vessel sinks and sleek brass fixtures. A subway tile backsplash, frameless shower door and cork flooring add to the room’s modern-industrial feel.
Linoleum is made with renewable, biodegradable materials including linseed oil and cork. Mineral pigments are added to produce rich, vibrant colors. Linoleum produces no harmful vapors and is considered a top environmentally friendly flooring choice.
Linoleum comes as sheet goods designed for glue-down installation and as laminated planks and tiles that install as a floating floor system. Some manufacturers provide a protective coating that prevents staining and helps the product stand up to foot traffic. Linoleum without this coating should be refinished every two years.
Expect to pay $2 to $5 per square foot and $7 to $12 per square foot installed.