Did you know that 86% of Americans said that they prefer to live in a space that is eco-friendly (source: Rent.com)?“
Cork flooring is the ultimate choice for style-savvy consumers because of its exquisite design possibilities, durability, reliability and eco-friendly features,” said Candice Olson, host of HGTV’s “Divine Design” and “Candice Tells All.”
Cork flooring can be used in living rooms, kitchens, family or entertainment rooms, bedrooms and basements. It’s 100 percent renewable, since harvesting the outer bark of the cork oak tree never results in a single tree being cut down. According to the World Wildlife Federation (WWF), cork oak forests support one of the highest levels of biodiversity among forest habitats.
Gratitude Gourmet also had the opportunity to ask Candice some questions regarding Cork, and the interview is below.
Q. Do you have advice on how cork floors can be designed into a contemporary and elegant environment?
The versatility of cork flooring allows it to work any space. Whether it’s traditional, contemporary or modern, cork flooring can complement any design. What you have to work with within your space can easily influence the direction of your purchase. Luckily, cork flooring comes in such a vast variety of design and styles. For the Décor(k) project, I designed a contemporary yet elegant living room using dark dramatic tones that helped to set off the sleek lines and graceful curves of this media focused space. The rich color and unique horizontal figuring of the plank cork flooring continues up onto the wall bringing warmth and comfort to cool contemporary.
Q. Are there other green design trends you particularly like?
Firstly, moving towards green design saves the consumer money, and in this economy is very important. The federal Energy Star tax credit for 2011 is 30 percent of the cost of the appliance purchase. That’s a huge saving for any household. Secondly, antique furniture reduces landfills, carbon emissions while helping preserve our heritage for future generations.
Q. Do you have Kitchen and Dining Trends you'd like to recommend?
For me, the kitchen and dining room trends are leaning towards green design. Given that these areas are where people congregate the most in the home, it’s important for homeowners to use sustainable materials. Cork is a natural, reusable and recyclable material that is not only durable and resilient but insulating, warm underfoot, hypo-allergenic and comfortable.
Q. Could you provide Gratitude Gourmet readers urls to your latest shows/products?
For great design ideas, I would check out www.realcorkfloors.com. The website offers great tips, design inspiration and insight into cork flooring and its harvest. It is the ultimate resource to help you to create your dream home.