When it comes to materials used in interior design, there are few with a history quite so unusual as cork. First used to create the humble bottle-stopper before being appropriated for bulletin boards and shuttlecocks, cork later became a popular material for insulation and sub-flooring. More recently, however, it has become a welcome choice for ceilings, walls and floors that adorn bespoke garden rooms.
It should come as no surprise that cork is rising in popularity when you consider that it possesses an elastic, cellular structure that allows builders to effortlessly soundproof and regulate the temperature of garden offices and other unique spaces. Resistant to fire, cork also has safety properties that nicely complement its various aesthetic and functional advantages.
Characterised by a dappled texture and warm tones, cork also possesses a look and feel that chimes with trends in modern interior design. Indeed, it can be integrated effortlessly to create classic, rustic, or modern looking garden rooms. As versatile as it is durable, cork can also be easily dyed or painted to achieve long lasting features, from walls to ceilings and floors.
In addition to all of these advantages, it’s worth noting that cork is one of the most sustainable materials that can be used in the construction of sustainable garden rooms. Grown in forests referred to as montados – otherwise known as “the lungs of the environment” – the production of cork plays a vital role in the earth’s ecosystem. Totally recyclable, the material itself is a far greener choice than more energy-intensive alternatives.
So, what to do with such a versatile material when it comes to creating a bespoke garden room?
Whether you’re looking to create an eye-catching table or a comfortable series of stools, cork provides a fantastic option that will allow you to combine practicality with a distinctly modern feel. If you’re feeling even more creative, you can use cork to create bookcases, perches, and other unique additions to your bespoke garden room.
Whilst cork walls are certainly one way of finely capturing the design trends of the 1970s that are enjoying a resurgence, they can also be backed with bronze and other colours to create shimmering modern aesthetics. A finish that is sure to warm up any room, we’re certainly fond of applying cork to garden offices and other outdoor rooms that are designed to optimise comfort.
Proof of its versatility, cork can be used to create rustic and sleek flooring, with everything in between covered, too. Accomplished by applying the appropriate treatment, you can depend on this historic and sustainable material to create exactly the kind of flooring you require in your bespoke garden room.
Of course, all of these uses are merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to incorporating cork into your bespoke garden room. The only limit, as with so many things in interior design, is your imagination.
At Multi Space, we take care to keep on top of the latest trends in interior design and are proud to present a selection of cork samples that can be viewed at our Design Centre. To find out more about how you can create a bespoke garden room in Suffolk that effortlessly incorporates cork elements, simply get in touch today.