cork makes a comeback! (23 modern ways to use it!)
modern ways to use this ‘70s staple in your home.
Published Sep 19, 2016 5:00 AM
Cork, once a decor trend of the 70s, is back and it’s better than ever. Here’s how to add it to your space…without going the full shag carpet and lava lamp vibe.
diy cork board
Here’s a little something for you DIYers. Create a patterned cork board by applying white tape in a design of your choice. It’s eye catching and a pretty spot to hang tiny items.
glossy cork floor
It’s easy to miss the cork in this scene at first glance. But that pretty, glossy floor? Yep, it’s cork! It could easily be mistaken for shiny wood floors.
Intricately patterned tile floor? Nope, this one is cork too. It adds interest and brightens up a dark space.
This may look like a stone tile floor, but it’s actually cork. How cool is it with those blue-grey cabinets?
common space cork
Sharing an office? Sure, you could have separate boards. Or you could cover the entire wall in cork and go communal for a more cohesive look.
just one strip
Add a simple swath of cork from floor to ceiling. This creates a slim-lined workspace without cluttering the view.
Walls and floors meld into one with this buttery cork. The neutral look allows you to go wild with prints and color.
Cork panels soften the look of this austere bathroom. Teaming it with black floor tile and sleek chrome may not be traditional, but it totally works.
cork tile style
Brick wall? Nope. These are cork tiles. Try this if you’re hoping to give an industrial look to your space.
cork the corner
If you think cork looks throwback, take a peek at this ultra-modern design. A ribbon of cork lines the wall above an L-shaped desk to keep the scene totally contemporary.
Think cork can’t get funky? Check out this brilliantly patterned floor with light and dark hues. Comfy and cute.
Sealed cork is both durable and waterproof, and makes a great base for a cheeky kitchen. Those tiny cork “tiles” are adorable and definitely play off the deep blue walls.
a cork covered fridge door begs for pics, calendars, notes, grocery lists…you name it. Added bonus: This refrigerator trend comes without the nerve-grating fingernail scratches of a blackboard painted door.
pull up a cork stool
Cork furniture is cute, practical, and blends seamlessly with any design. Take these tiny tuck-able stools for instance. Use as a perch for bathroom items or as seating.
stand alone wall
Cork doesn’t necessarily have to be used as a pin board. Add it to a wall for design purposes only. It is pretty enough on its own.
A cork tabletop is quirky, yes. But this look almost veers toward Scandinavian when paired with white walls and stark furnishings.
put a pin in it
Know why cork is great on walls? It’s inexpensive, durable, and multifunctional. The perfect backdrop for an office space.
A chunky cork wall that looks almost like wood paneling. So well suited to the wooden window frames and concrete floor. A soft, natural look.
The look is all white and natural. Fitting for a touch of cork. Outfit a nook wall for hanging artwork and tchotchkes.
cork goes industrial chic
You know we love copper. Cork loves it too! Pair the two with terracotta and your favorite prints.
This cork-topped bench is both unexpected and perfectly at home. It plays so well against natural elements and modern lines.
cork goes luxe
This design scheme is everything! Black and white color palette, big and bold copper-hued lighting, rustic fur throws, and (of course) cork topped table and stool. Can we please have an invite to dinner?
stick ‘em up
If you’d like to dabble in cork décor, tiny wall decals are ideal. Stick to walls in desired pattern and use as mini bulletin boards. They even look cool left bare.