Cork Interiors Trend SS17
Cork was a material I remember from my childhood. There was a cork tiled floor in one of my friend’s houses, I think I remember seeing it in a Kitchen, it may have been a vinyl tile to look like cork who knows? Then there was a cork pin board with bright coloured pins. My life as an early teenager was spent posting things to my pin board. Cut outs from magazines, my favourite postcards, bands I liked and of course the place where I would pin up a passport photo of me and my friend pulling funny faces. Apart from this eco-friendly material being used to cork wine all over the world and being used as a pinboard to home a picture of your favourite heart-throb, I have never really thought about this versatile natural and very durable product until now.
This year sees the Cork trend go to great heights, and there are very good reasons why we should all be thinking about this material as an option in our homes. Cork comes from cork oak trees and is found in Mediterranean countries, and several produce most of the cork available. Portugal, Spain, Morocco, France, Italy and Tunisia are the places where this organic product comes from. Portugal produces around 50% of the world’s cork and it has so many attributes to add to its bow. Firstly it has amazing insulating qualities, it repels dust, germs and mould and is so easy to clean. The other quality about cork is that it cuts down on noise, and so great for areas of your home that might need a sound reduction. The fact that it doesn’t absorb moisture means it is an ideal resource to use in your Bathroom.
There are different ways to use cork, either as a floor option or on a wall. I personally love the feature wall idea and have seen lovely ways with this golden warm material. Texture plays a big part in the world of cork, and so it can have a 3d effect, and literally transform an area in your home. Just like the concrete trend I do see there being quite a few accessory options on the high street arriving in this next year, maybe not this season, but come AW17 and you might be seeing smaller products made from cork. I am quite hooked on this latest trend now and wondering where I can use it, maybe in my study, as it does need a whole new makeover so I will keep you posted.
I found a stockist in the UK called Cork Store which looks like a great supplier.
Photo Credits to Pinterest and Real Cork Floors.