Use It. Create a kitchen backsplash! Cork is a durable but flexible material that has dozens of uses. Designer Regina Pace used it in this kitchen backsplash. This kitchen was built on a budget, so Pace wanted to make sure it looked nice while still keeping it affordable. She spiced up the look of the space by combining affordable box cabinetry with 1" x 2" split-face travertine tile mixed in with corks. Cut in half, the corks were exactly the right size to create a unique pattern on this kitchen backsplash.