Both interior designers and architects love to utilize translucent decorative partitions within residential and commercial settings. This is due to the material’s ability to effortlessly complement the style of different spaces without blocking out light. Translucent design elements may include wall panels, room partitions, retail displays, furnishings, and cabinet displays. Even though colors and finishing trends change from time to time, natural light is still the most desired feature. You can maximize this feature through the use of translucent decorative partitions and keep your space feeling airy and bright.
How It Started
It all started with postmodernism which continued to increase in popularity during the 1960s. This is the time when materials such as plastics, recycled materials, and laminates became increasingly popular in the design industry. In recent years, polycarbonates and clear plastics have increased tremendously in popularity for both architectural and interior elements. They became more translucent to create more areas with an open concept that feels airy and bright.
Resin panels are a popular alternative to decorative glass. A huge number of manufacturers offer resin panels that encapsulate organic materials like fibers to create an organic look that is unique. Resin is usually formed with heat and is made available in plenty of gauges and sizes which can be customized. Nonetheless, it can also be costly and heavy.
Durability and Cost-Efficiency
Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic is another popular translucent material that is utilized within the architectural industry. It offers a similar level of durability as resins but at a much more affordable rate. It is also a great choice for bathrooms, kitchens, and other areas with high humidity levels. This is because it is easy to clean and maintain.
New technologies in the market have enabled the printing of images onto the surfaces of fiberglass reinforced plastics by making use of an infused color technique that creates a highly attractive organic look. The result is comparable to real objects that are suspended in resin but costs much cheaper. Double-sided printing is also possible to further accentuate the depth of the image to form a 3-D effect. The coating process will offer dry-erase capabilities while also serving as a protective layer to remain resistance against scratches.
Translucency holds plenty of design possibilities in view of how exhaustive the list of available material options is. You need to know exactly what the requirements for your project are before you can set on processing a particular material to achieve the desired look. This can help you save money while purchasing materials as compared to simply selecting a material that cannot produce the desired outcome. View previous projects from suppliers to see how they incorporated the different translucent materials into their displays, polycarbonate partitions, signage, wall panels, cabinet inserts, and more.