Cork: the underappreciated decorating material

Cork: the underappreciated decorating material

When asked to come up with some type of green or sustainable type of home decorating material, most people probably don’t immediately think of cork. However, Angela Fedele, a designer with an Australian construction and design firm, said cork is "an increadibly green and versatile product when applied to interiors."

Compare cork to hardwood

For one, cork has a look similar to hardwood floors, imparting to interior spaces a natural, timeless look. No two cork grains are alike, thus creating a smoothly integrated finish made of a multitude of textures and colors.

A surprisingly renewable resource

Cork is also a renewable resource that doesn’t necessitate the leveling of the earth’s forests. Cork comes from the outer bark of the cork oak tree and can be harvested without permanent damage to the tree itself, thus allowing the tree to regenerate and produce more cork over time. Cork trees are found in the Mediterranean, can live up to 250 years, and may be harvested on a 9 year cycle. These trees can first be harvested when they reach the age of 25.

It’s good for you, too

Besides being attractive and renewable, cork is also good for you. In fact, its "anti-microbial attributes combat mold and its anti-static surface eliminates dust and toxin absorption, making it ideal for people with allergies and a material that contributes to cleaner air space." Interestingly enough, its soft surface is also good for people with foot, knee, or leg joint problems as it provides extra cushioning and comfort.

To top it all off, cork is a long-lasting material known to last up to 50 years, due to its resilient nature. This makes it ideal for surfaces that see a lot of use, like hallways and countertops.

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