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Natural Living with Cork

Natural Living with Cork

Sustainable home decorating

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.

 

The natural solution for designing your home

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.

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The natural solution for designing your home - Products

1. Image www.posterlounge.co.uk 2. Vase www.housedoctor.dk 3. Lamp www.housedoctor.dk 4. Baskets www.bloomingville.com 5. Image www.posterlounge.co.uk

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An interior design trend that’s here to stay

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.

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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.

Did you know ... The first harvest of a tree takes place when the tree is about 12 to 15 years old. Thereafter the harvest cycle is 9 to 12 years. Cork oaks used to grow and harvest cork have a lifecycle of between 150 and 200 years. The largest quota of cork comes from southern regions, e.g. Portugal and Spain.
 

On-trend material cork – the all-rounder for interiors

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.

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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.

On-trend material cork – the all-rounder for interiors - Products

1. Image www.posterlounge.co.uk 2. Cork www.housedoctor.dk 3. Pendant Light CUPRIC www.butlers.com 4. Candleholder www.bloomingville.com 5. Image www.posterlounge.co.uk

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DIY cork trivets

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.

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First cut the cake lace doily to size and place about half of it onto the cork trivet. If need be, fix the doily to the trivet with tape along the edge so that it doesn’t move.
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Then use brush and acrylic paint to apply the paint to the doily so that the paint goes through the holes onto the cork. Make sure the paint does not go anywhere under the lace where you don’t want it. Alternatively, only paint up half of the area.
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Now all you have to do is remove the cake lace doily from the base and bingo – you’re done! Acrylic paint dries very quickly, however, give it a few hours before you put a hot pan on the painted trivet.

This entry was posted on 2nd January 2017.



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