Saturday, June 24, 2017

Decorating With Cork Is On Trend For 2017

Texture remains an important element in interior design and an old friend from the 70's is becoming the darling of the textured materials scene. Affordable and eco-friendly, cork is really making a noise in the design world and in 2017 designers are using it in everything from home decor and accessories to flooring, furniture, and wall coverings.

Cork is a unique material that combines well with metal, glass, and other woods. Much of it's popularity is due to it being a relatively cheap material to work with that has a warm feel and adds desired texture. It is also an excellent sound absorber making it perfect for open-plan room sizes.

 I have gathered some images and offered information about cork to show you how it is being used in today's interiors so you can see if this design element is for you. If you like to stay on trend, be ready to have cork in your home real soon.

Many have predicted that 2017 will be the year we will see more organic shapes and textures through the use of natural materials like cork.

Petra Bindel

First there were chalkboard walls, now cork walls are all the rage. Cork walls are not only a visually compelling choice, but they’re awesome when it comes to blocking out sound and posting to-do lists on the walls.

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Cork wall coverings, furniture and upholstery are growing in popularity. It is a very versatile and a ‘green’ product which is why many designers are using it.

Imagine being able to bring the natural textures of the forest to your interior design. Aesthetically cork, like hardwood  floors, has a raw and timeless appeal since it is sourced from nature itself. Since each piece is unique, there is a wide offering of grain, texture, and color finishes. 

Miles Redd

Cork is a healthy alternative to other surface coverings because it's naturally anti-microbial features combat mold and it has an anti-static surface which eliminates dust and toxin absorption. All this makes cork ideal for people with allergies all the while contributing to a cleaner air space.

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Using cork to accent or contrast walls is a great idea. I love the look of dimensional cork tiles....... perfect for homes and commercial spaces alike.

You can even get cork tiles that have the appearance of brick.

Natural fibers such as grass cloth and cork, which have scarcely been seen since the 1970’s, are returning to wall coverings.

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Cork can also be used to accent ceilings. Along with being decorative, cork ceilings are also functional. Depending on the thickness of the covering selected, cork can provide excellent acoustic values. 

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Because of its combination of design flexibility, eco credentials, and health benefits for the entire family, cork flooring has made a comeback in the last few years. And like I said before, because of it's properties, cork would also provide bacteria and fungus resistant flooring. 

Another plus for cork flooring is it's soft surface which results in less pressure on people with knee problems or seniors looking for absorption support under their feet.

 Cork has been known to last up to 50 years when used in interiors, thanks to its resilience to pressure, which makes it very suitable for high traffic areas such as flooring in hallways...... 

....or even on kitchen counter tops.

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Cork furniture is durable and lightweight and can be moved around your living space with ease.

Benches and other pieces of cork furniture are gaining momentum in interior design. Cork can be ground and shaved to be applied to furnishings while its natural grain can be tinted and stained to develop a multitude of pattern and color finishes.

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Metallic Cork from York Wallcoverings

Cork isn’t just for wine bottles anymore........unless you are using them for seating.

An often overlooked design element, cork brings a unique look to any part of your home. The natural but soft texture is great for breaking up modern details, like on the surface of a coffee table, or as picture frames on a wall.

 2017 will see lots of cork homeware and accessories.

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Interiors experts are using cork in the most creative ways.

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Teamed with copper accessories cork helps create a stylish,rustic look.

See how this combination of elements adds a warmth and rustic visual appeal.

Cork is also waterproof so it can be used in bathrooms.

I love the look of this cork floor that is designed to resemble marble.

In kitchens cork is being used as flooring, countertops, back splashes, just to mention a few ways you can get creative with this great product. 

The design industry can expect the continuing resurgence of cork for its environmental benefits and flexible application opportunities in interiors.

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This blog post was published by Lisa Farmer

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