Design Trend: Cork Comes Home

By: colleen clark

January 11, 2017

Photos via Contemporist and Navy Interior Design

While cork will always hold a special place in our hearts for its close association with wine, its place in home decor has largely been relegated to offices and teen bedrooms (hello Justin Bieber pinups). But the surprisingly versatile material is making a serious comeback.

In addition to adding a dose of natural warmth and texture to a room, cork absorbs sound, is fire resistant, waterproof and incredibly durable. Oh, and did we mention, eco-friendly?  Read on for our favorite uses for cork in the home.


Cork Furniture

Because of its durable nature, cork is a great material for furniture. We love the way the stools on the left are reminiscent of corks inside the neck of a champagne bottle. On the right, a cork side table adds texture that echoes the driftwood bowl on the table.

Design Trend: Cork Comes Home, Laurel & Wolf, corkbench

Cork Flooring

We never would have guessed that those gorgeous herringbone floors on the right were made from sustainable cork flooring. And we love the cheeky take on penny tile in the room on the left.

Cork Art

Want to take the cork trend for a spin without a big-ticket commitment? Consider accents like this cheeky polka dot wall installation or the funky ceiling art on the right.

Cork in the Bathroom

Cork’s waterproof nature makes it an ideal fit for a bathroom. We love how it provides a soft textural contrast to the otherwise more sleek and streamlined looks of both of these rooms.

Old-School Cork Boards

From offices to family rooms, cork wall covering allows you to create a more casual and easily altered gallery wall service.

Cork in the Kitchen

We’ve seen a lot of plywood popping up in modern kitchens lately, but for practicality, we much prefer to achieving the look with cork instead.

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