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Embracing nature in design: natural carpets and flooring from Flooring by Nature


  • February 27, 2024

A key trend gaining momentum in the fast-paced world of hospitality design, is the integration of natural elements into interior design and nothing encapsulates this movement better than the sustainable flooring derived from natural materials in the Flooring by Nature portfolio..

The team at Flooring by Nature works with architects and designers to source a wide range of sustainable flooring options, understanding that the choice of flooring material can impact both the overall aesthetic, as well as the environmental credentials of a space. Enter cork flooring and natural fibre carpets – the perfect marriage of style and sustainability.

Cork flooring is a versatile and sustainable option that brings warmth and character to any setting. Sourced from the renewable bark of cork oak trees, this flooring option is not only environmentally friendly but also rich in natural aesthetics. The inherent warmth and earthy tones of cork create an inviting atmosphere, making guests feel connected to nature while enjoying the comforts of the indoors.

Designers can leverage the unique properties of cork to enhance the overall design of hotels and hospitality spaces. The material is known for its excellent acoustic insulation, making it ideal for minimising noise in busy hotel lobbies or high-traffic areas. Additionally, cork’s natural resilience provides a comfortable and soft underfoot feel, ensuring guests experience a touch of luxury with every step.

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Inspire Cork Flooring presents designers with an inspiring range of cork flooring and provides the perfect choice when designing with nature in mind. The products come with a class 33 commercial wear rating and the highest environmental credentials, are PVC free and score very low VOCs on a range of European and North American air quality tests. Cork flooring ranges also contribute points on LEED and BREEAM certification.

Beyond its practical advantages, cork flooring allows for creative expression in design. From classic patterns to modern geometric shapes, cork can be crafted into a variety of designs, providing designers with the flexibility to create unique, eye-catching spaces that align with the overall theme of the establishment.

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When it comes to creating luxurious and sustainable environments, natural wool and plant fibre carpets stand out as excellent choices. Wool, a biodegradable and renewable material, has been used for centuries in flooring and offers a timeless elegance that enhances the visual appeal of any space. Wool carpets are celebrated for their exceptional durability and the natural resilience of wool fibres allows for the creation of long-lasting, high-quality carpets that not only contribute to the overall aesthetic but also provide a comfortable and inviting environment.

Incorporating wool carpets into hotel design allows for seamless continuity between spaces. The natural fibres can be left undyed, toning perfectly with other natural materials such as stone, wood and cork. A popular range of undyed wool carpets is the Cumbrian range, featuring loop, twist and herringbone flatweave options.

Alternatively these fibres can be dyed to match any colour palette, providing interior designers with a broad spectrum of options to harmonise with other design elements. This adaptability makes wool carpets an excellent choice for achieving a cohesive and visually stunning atmosphere throughout the entire hospitality venue.

Image credit: Flooring by Nature

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Another design solution is the use of natural plant fibres in the production of carpets and rugs. Sisal is an obvious choice with its tough and durable weave able to withstand heavy foot traffic. Sisal carpets offer versatility in design application, providing designers with the flexibility to create diverse atmospheres within a single establishment. Whether used to enhance the natural aesthetic of a spa retreat or to add a touch of sophistication to a contemporary hotel lobby, sisal carpets effortlessly adapt to numerous design styles. The tactile quality of sisal further enriches the sensory experience for guests, contributing to a holistic and immersive setting.

Be it carpets made from traditional wool or natural plant fibres, moving away from a default specification of man-made plastics helps elevate the design and serves to significantly improve the environmental credentials of the project. Combining natural materials and fibres offers a holistic and environmentally conscious solution. Integrating natural cork flooring and natural fibre carpets allows the creation of a harmonious blend of nature-inspired elements.

The synergy between these sustainable flooring options creates a cohesive design narrative that reflects a commitment to both aesthetics and environmental stewardship. By interweaving these materials, the overall guest experience can be elevated, fostering a connection to nature that transcends the boundaries of the built environment.

Flooring by Nature is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our Recommended Suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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