Remember last year when I wrote about my kitchen makeover? Yeah well, we’re still no further along. For one reason or another it kept getting put on the back burner, but we’re hoping to forge ahead with it this spring and finally get it all sorted. It is so long overdue. One thing that is causing me a lot of stress is what to do about the flooring. We currently have really badly installed tiles, so bad that they actually trip us up as they are not flush. I’m longing for a floor that is flat, for a start, and that is a whole lot easier to keep clean. The grout looks filthy and is so hard to clean. My dream flooring would be cork and I have spent what feels like months looking for cork flooring that is not self-adhesive cork tiles. They just wouldn’t work for us and I have visions of them peeling off and looking really tatty after a while. But my search seemed to be futile as I couldn’t find anything on the market that matched my high expectations. That is until I came across this beautiful cork flooring from Sisal & Seagrass.
Sisal & Seagrass recently launched the Quick Cork collection, which is available in 12 unique colourways to suit both traditional and contemporary spaces, from the lighter shades of Champagner White and Primus Sand to the warm and alluring Country Brown. The flooring comes supplied as boards, so just like an engineered wood plank would come. So that made me feel a lot better it, they just sound so much more practical and longlasting than the stick-down tiles.
Cork has become increasingly popular in the last few years. I first wrote about the resurgence of cork for Freshome back in 2012 and since then it has gone from strength to strength. It’s popularity is mostly due to its eco-credentials and sustainability. On top of that cork flooring offers great design flexibility and has numerous health benefits. It will not absorb dust and is resistant to bacteria and fungus so will not cause allergies or pose a risk to asthma sufferers (I am an asthmatic and have allergies so this would be perfect for me!). Cork also has great insulation properties, when it comes to both heat and sound.
I think cork is a great material for flooring and I think it would look great in my kitchen. It would also be loads better than having hard, cold tiles on the floor, especially as my little one is still not quite steady on her feet at the moment and is often falling over and dropping things. Cork would at least be a nice, warm and comfy material to land on. It’s quite expensive though at roughly double the cost of tiles. So after all that searching, I was so happy to find the solution I was looking for only to realise I can’t actually afford it right now! Balderdash! Doesn’t this cork flooring look great though?