Reader question: ‘While checking out our flooring options we have fallen for the idea of cork! Since our three bedrooms and open plan living on the first floor is a tight squeeze we are concerned about the noise from hardwood and laminate. I have terrible allergies and carpet is not my favorite. Some of the newer cork has caught my eye and I am eager for a professional opinion on the matter. Please post about cork flooring. . . will it work with my style? Have they made it look enough like hardwood? Or will it be sad and out of place?‘
I can honestly say that cork flooring is not heavily used in Vancouver. Out of the thousands of homes I have been in, I rarely see cork anywhere. Also when I started searching for images for this post I had a very hard time finding a “pretty room” with cork flooring. That says a lot already about how bossy the colour choices are which brings me to my next point.
Most of the available colours are actually pretty bossy. If you have honey oak floors for example, they still read as “neutral” (dated or not) but if you try to find cork flooring in the same tone what you end up with is a floor that reads “orange.”
You could introduce white (below) if your house has a cottage feel or if you have a more contemporary modern space.
The only time I would consider it as a flooring alternative is if I already had wood floors throughout my house and it would be impossible to extend the same hardwood in an adjoining room (but I would try hard to do that first). This leaves you with tile or cork and if tile was not an option then I would choose a cork floor that coordinated with my existing hardwood floor.
So over to you my lovelies, if you have it, how is the maintenance? Do you still love it? How about the colour? Love it or leave it? We’d love to hear your view.
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