Today, no furniture designer, interior designer or trendsetter can do without cork. Cork fulfils people’s ever-growing desire for a connectedness to nature and for a life that is lived in harmony with nature. Here we give away our insider tips of the many possibilities that cork offers when it comes to decorating your home in a sustainable way. We also have a small DIY project for those who like to get a little creative.
Those of us that grew up in the age of cork pinboards will first and foremost be thinking of messy little notes and slips pinned to a board. That’s a shame, since cork has
so much more to offer and is incredibly versatile. These days it’s simply used everywhere. As a cork fabric, for instance, it can be made into shoulder bags, purses, shoes
and mobile phone covers. However, cork is equally popular as the no. 1 on-trend material for interior furnishings – and not just as the ‘obligatory’ cork flooring, but it is also
highly fashionable and frequently used for lamps, furniture and decorative home accessories.
Furnishing a living space with cork is hugely versatile. The on-trend natural material exudes warmth and offers a wealth of natural patterns. Cork comes in many different looks and colour variations, from a light sandy colour to warm reddish hues down to a tone that is distinctly brown. Fluctuations in colour and material make-up occur frequently in this hard-wearing natural product and are often what customers actually desire.
The trend for naturalness and sustainability is on the rise and can be observed in almost all sectors – and this also includes interiors. In addition to sustainability, cork can boast many other characteristics that make it one of the best-loved interior materials this year. Not only is cork water-repellent and insulating, it is also sound-absorbing – an asset that predestines it to cover large surface areas when designing a room.
The refining of the raw material cork is nothing new. It’s been done in the southern regions of Europe for thousands of year. Cork is a totally natural product and almost second to none when it comes to sustainability. Even though cork grows as bark on the cork oak tree, there’s no need to fell the tree to harvest the cork. The bark is harvested by simply peeling one third of it off the tree.
Cork has one huge plus: it is easy to integrate to perfection with almost any other interior. Especially the very popular Scandinavian look with its unassuming geometric forms and minimal colour design tends to harmonise well with the warm rustic, yet restrained tones, characteristic of cork furniture. Besides the classic black, white and grey, cork also goes well with terracotta tones, and naturally, also with this year’s trend colour Greenery.
There is a wealth of beautiful decorating elements around which are either made wholly of cork or are made partially of cork and porcelain, cork and stone or cork and one other material. But not just bit-parts
made from this natural product tend to have great impact, in some cases the notion ‘more is more’ actually does fit! Why not decorate part of your walls using several metre-high cork tiles instead of using a
small cork pinboard? Then you may stick posters to it with ease and are able to rearrange things whenever and wherever the fancy takes you. What’s more, the material is sound-absorbing – ideal for your office or the kids’ room.
Being soft and warm underfoot, cork is the perfect flooring cover for kitchen and bathroom, since it is also water-repellent by nature. In the living room or bedroom cork provides the desired cosiness. Not only does cork suit any type of space, it can also be paired with other materials to great effect. Pictures in wooden frames or canvas prints, for example, enhance the natural character of this renewable natural raw material. If you desire a more contemporary look and prefer more contrast, prints on Forex, Alu-Dibond and acrylic glass complement the cork look beautifully.
Do-it-yourself projects are gaining in popularity, as with minimal costs everyday items can be transformed into something very special and unique. Natural products are particularly easy to work with – and often some of the materials are already in the house! All you need for this DIY project is: a large hot pot stand made of cork, acrylic paint, a cake paper doily and a brush.
This entry was posted on 2nd January 2017.