Update from Black and White: Patterned Cork Kitchen Floor

Country Living

We love the classic look of black and white, diamond-patterned kitchen floors. They're very 1950s diner but can look clean and modern, too. Well, this is an eco-friendly riff on that idea, with sustainable cork laid out in contrasting shades.This space is part of a before-and-after story over at Country Living, a really beautiful renovation of a dated kitchen that the owners did themselves.

We've been in a kitchen with cork floors before, and walking on them is definitely different than walking on hard stone, wood, or linoleum. The cork has some give and cushion, almost like rubber (read more about rubber floors in the kitchen here). We imagine it to be much easier on the legs if you're standing up cooking for hours at a time.

The earthy brown color is also a nice contrast to all of the icy blue and white details in this kitchen. The cork tiles, which the homeowners laid themselves, are from Expanko.

Does anyone have cork flooring in the kitchen? Is it more comfortable?

See the slideshow: Do-it-Yourself Dream Kitchen at Country Living

Related: The IKEA Kitchen: Heat Cork Trivets

(Images: Keith Scott Morton for Country Living)

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