Cork is set to become one of the big interiors trends in 2024 with its recent resurgence in popularity this year, and as “natural tones” take centre stage next year, according to sustainable flooring company Flooring By Nature.

Why is cork popular again?

Matt Lech, founder of Flooring By Nature says: “Cork flooring is certainly making a resurgence after its 70s boom; it’s our most in-demand flooring material in 2023. The eco-material itself has come a long way in the last 50 years, so it is a popular sustainable flooring choice for homeowners, and in part why we are seeing it more across Instagram and TikTok posts about interior design, DIY, and renovations!

“Its versatility makes it ideal for all rooms throughout the home. The benefit of it being a natural thermal insulator means it easily makes a living room cosy or a bathroom floor welcomingly warm to bare feet. Its durability and natural resilience makes it a practical choice for a hallway or busy kitchen space, and the distinct appearance of the cork material adds character that will last for decades.

“As consumers become more eco-conscious in all purchase areas, it’s only natural that cork has become popular with designers and homeowners seeking more ethical flooring solutions as well, to complement eco-friendly furniture and home accessories.

The top four benefits of cork flooring in the home:

It’s versatile in design and complements most interiors

With a wide array of colours, patterns, and textures available, cork flooring offers versatility in design options. Whether you prefer a modern, sleek look or a rustic and natural aesthetic, cork flooring can complement various interior styles, allowing you to create a space that reflects your unique personality and taste.

It is highly durable and resilient 

Despite its soft and cushiony feel underfoot, cork is remarkably durable and resilient. It can withstand heavy foot traffic, making it an excellent choice for high-traffic areas such as living rooms, kitchens, and hallways. Additionally, its natural elasticity allows it to compress and bounce back, reducing the risk of permanent indentations and damage.

It’s great for comfort underfoot and insulation

Cork offers exceptional comfort and insulation properties. Its natural composition comprises millions of air-filled cells that act as shock absorbers, providing a cushioned surface to walk on. This makes cork flooring ideal for spaces where prolonged standing is common, such as kitchens or work areas. Its insulating properties also help maintain room temperature and could even reduce energy costs.

It has strong eco-credentials 

Cork flooring stands out as a sustainable choice due to its renewable nature. The cork oak trees are not cut down during the harvesting process, making it an eco-friendly alternative to traditional hardwood flooring options. When the cork tree is regenerating its bark it is absorbing five times more carbon from the atmosphere compared to a tree that is not regenerating.