Cork Flooring Delivers on Eco-Chic Style and Comfort

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September 9, 2014 Updated: September 9, 2014

There was a time when homeowners were forced to choose between beauty, function, and responsible sourcing. Not so now, according to famed architect and designer Vern Yip. As a long-time champion of sustainable design, the HGTV star 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.”

Recognized for being soft on the feet and warm to the touch, cork flooring is often ranked high on comfort and durability, but was sometimes overlooked for its limiting design options.

New technology enables the look of cork flooring to range from traditional and vintage to artistic and modern, presenting an array of exquisite design possibilities. In fact, cork’s versatility offers finished looks that can emulate hardwood, marble, and other textured surfaces.

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

Today’s printing technologies result in cork being matched to virtually any colour, tint, or shade imaginable. For example, if a consumer loves the look of marble, but not the fact that it’s cold to touch, cork flooring can be a great alternative that resembles the look while remaining warm and pleasant underfoot.

If you want a rustic look you can consider designs in colours such as deep mahogany or rich chocolate brown that will create a warm look and feel. If you are decorating a child’s room you can combine cork planks in different colours, styles, or textures to create a playful appeal.

For open concept homes, cork flooring complements a variety of different wood stains, effortlessly bringing together colours from furniture, doors, cabinets, mantles, tables, and more. Mix and match old with new, high with low, or light with dark. The timeless nature of cork allows your home to be as eclectic as you desire.

You can even give your kitchen a retro appeal. Geometrical and angular floors are making a comeback in a big way this year. Try zigzag, herringbone, or chevron patterns to bring some mid century flair back into your home.

Cork’s versatility, beauty, and the fact that its production does not result in any trees being cut, makes it a favourite among green-living advocates. Get inspired with stylish cork décor ideas at

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