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The wonders of cork flooring

by Darren
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Cork is gaining significant momentum when it comes to flooring installations as it combines beauty with warmth.

Even though there was a time when homeowners had to choose between beauty, function and responsible sourcing, this is no longer the case – in the view expressed by architect and designer Vern Yip, a judge on the American reality competition show, HGTV Design Star.

A long-time champion of sustainable design, Vern is constantly looking for eco-friendly materials with a fashion-forward appeal that can adapt to any aesthetic. “The variety of choices available to environmentally conscious consumers today is remarkable,” he says. “Sustainable design and décor options have come of age, and the advances in cork flooring finishes are a great example.”

Recognised for being soft underfoot and warm to the touch, cork flooring is often ranked high on comfort and durability, but was at times overlooked for its limited design options. However, new technology has enabled the look of cork flooring to range from traditional and vintage to artistic and modern, presenting an array of exquisite design possibilities. In fact, according to Vern, cork’s versatility offers finished looks that can emulate hardwood, marble and other textured surfaces.

“Thanks to its diverse, modern and natural look, cork flooring gives us elegant designs that are as eye-catching as they are functional,” explains Vern. “New finishes give it a chameleon-like quality that fits any room aesthetic.”

Today’s printing technologies enable cork to be matched to almost any colour, tint or shade imaginable. For example, if a consumer is after the look of marble, cork flooring can be an ideal alternative as it resembles the look of marble while remaining warm and pleasant underfoot.

When looking for a rustic look, designs in colours such as deep mahogany or rich chocolate brown can be considered to create a warm look and feel. Different rooms with different needs can make use of cork planks in different colours, styles and textures to create a certain appeal.

For open-concept homes or commercial spaces, cork flooring complements a variety of different wood stains, effortlessly bringing together colours from furniture, doors, cabinets, mantles, tables, and more. Vern encourages mixing and matching old with new, high with low, or light with dark. The timeless nature of cork allows any space to be as eclectic as is desired.

Cork flooring can also be used to create a retro appeal, for example in kitchens. Vern firmly believes that geometrical and angular floors are making a big comeback this year. He recommends using zigzag, herringbone or chevron patterns to bring some mid-century flair back into a specific space.

Cork’s versatility, beauty, and the fact that its production does not result in any trees being cut, make it a favourite among green-living advocates, and for anyone seeking the numerous décor benefits that this floor type has to offer.

Acknowledgement and thanks are given to www.newscanada.com for the information contained in this article.

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