Certain trends have come and gone, but going green is a trend that appears to be here to stay. Today, people are finding all kinds of ways to be more eco-friendly in their daily lives, from what they wear and buy to the materials they choose for the interior design or home remodeling projects. Wine cork flooring is just one great example of eco-friendly ingenuity.
Manufactured Wine Cork Flooring Options
Today, a few companies have started producing flooring tiles that have been made from wine corks. These corks can be shredded and then formed into a tile shape, or they can be slices of the corks with resin, they can be dyed, printed and much, much more. Plus, wine cork flooring isnt just for kitchen designs, it can also be used for bathroom designs, laundry rooms and more.
This makes wine cork flooring an extremely attractive option for kitchen designs, because the possibilities are truly endless. It would be impossible not to find a wine cork floor that didnt blend into your space, no matter what your style is. So keep this in mind, unless youre willing to make your own wine cork floor, of course!
Do It Yourself Wine Cork Flooring Ideas
The internet is chock full of inspiration and do it yourself tutorials regarding wine cork flooring. For example, you can easily slice your corks into thin strips and lay them out in a honeycomb style pattern. Then, seal the floor using a heavy duty clear resin or other sealant made specifically for use on floors. Voila, your own recycled wine cork floor! Remember, you want your kitchen designs to be beautiful but also easy to keep clean, so a good quality sealant or resin is key for this, no matter what pattern or shape you decide to go with!
Another idea is to slice the corks clear in half length-wise rather than width-wise. Then arrange them in a pattern as if theyve been haphazardly tossed onto the floor and seal using a resin or other sealant. A unique look that will cause many people to do a double take! Plus, what a great conversation starter!
Looking to create a pattern to match your kitchen design ideas? Why not paint the wine corks to create patterns in the floor. Its an easy and inexpensive way to add a bit of color to your beautiful wine cork floor.
Finally, consider using colored grout between your cork slices, such as a crisp white or bold black, for a modern and glamourous take on these trendy kitchen design ideas.
Where Can I Get (More) Corks?
Chances are, unless youre a raging alcoholic, you dont have nearly enough wine corks to complete a project such as this, no matter how small your existing kitchen design (or future kitchen design ideas) might be. That being said, there are websites and retailers who collect and offer recycled (ahem, used) wine corks for sale in batches. If youre short on corks, be sure to look one up online to ensure you have plenty to complete your project. Nothing is worse than getting halfway through before realizing you dont quite have enough!