A Gallery of Cork Flooring Designs

Cork flooring in unfurnished new home
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    The Versatility of Cork

    Cork is a soft, warm, comfortable flooring material that is ecologically friendly and has become a popular choice for almost any interior application. A natural wood product, cork has a soft, light, sandy-colored surface, which can be darkened, tinted, and stained in a variety of ways to offer additional design options.

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    Diagonal Tiles With Border

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    Cork works equally well in kitchens and living areas, making it a great choice for flooring that ties two rooms together. Here, dark 6-inch square cork tiles are laid diagonally over the main floor area, while a lighter accent border runs parallel to the walls and cabinetry. This creates visual interest both through the use of contrasting colors and the angled lines of the tiles.

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    Defining a Modern Space

    Cork is versatile enough to fit both classic and contemporary styles. In this office lobby natural cork has been used to complement a series of artistic decorative furnishings to create a sophisticated modern look. The main connecting flooring material features cork in its natural color, while a slightly darker shade of flooring delineates a central sitting area.

    Cleaning A Cork Floor

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    Dark Cork Kitchen Flooring

    This kitchen has a rich chestnut color that provides the perfect contrast against the pure white accents of the appliances and cabinet borders. The dark cabinet wood, as well as the stainless steel accessories, complement these colors, creating a sense of dynamic tension.

    Cork Kitchen Flooring Considerations

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    Warmth in a Multi-use Room

    Durable but soft underfoot, cork is a great choice for an exercise room that you want to spend time in. This flooring echoes the rich earth tones found in the other features throughout the space. A mottled white wallpaper provides visual texture, while features such as the contrasting brown curtains act as a counterpoint to the rest of the palette. The use of rich warm tones from floor to ceiling gives the space an inviting and comforting ambiance.

    Cork Living Room Floors

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    Cork Plank Flooring

    Cork is available in plank form, allowing you to create a floor that is reminiscent of traditional hardwood while retaining all of the cushioning and soundproofing attributes of cork. In this sitting area, a cork plank floor has been installed in a room with a light blue wall palette accented by soft green accent pieces. The result is a simple yet attractive space that is charming without being overwhelming.

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    Living Room Elegance

    In its darker hues, cork can provide the perfect counterpoint to a dramatic color palette. Here, the pea green wall becomes the focal point when set against the dark flooring and framed by the cream-colored couches on either side. This turns the attention of the viewer naturally toward the fireplace, with the coffee table blending with the rich hues of the floor and hearth.

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    Clean, Simple, Zen

    In its natural state, cork has a very clean and simple look that is perfectly paired with a minimalist decorating strategy. Less is more, and here the inherent beauty of the materials takes center stage. The overall effect is calming and uncluttered, marked more by subtlety and texture than color or design.

    Cork Bedroom Floors

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    Shabby Chic

    The earthy colors and matte finish of the plank-style cork flooring bring the right amount of casual warmth to this shabby chic kitchen. Natural texturing and color variation in the cork support the vibrancy of the granite countertops while providing a solid foundation for the room design. 

    Eco-Friendly Flooring Price Guide

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    Any Bedroom Will Do

    If you like cork anywhere, you'll love it in a bedroom. It's softer and quieter than solid wood yet is just as warm and inviting. Modern themes call for cork patterns and colors similar to bamboo or maple flooring, while a traditional scheme might be right for the look of cherry, walnut, or even wide-plank pine.