Architectural Wrapping – the new kid on the interior design block

Interior Design is being transformed by a revolutionary new technique. Wrapping has arrived and its range of uses, designs, and materials are growing by the day.

Let’s look at Architectural Wrapping, how it began, what its made from and what developments are in store for it.

What is Architectural Wrapping?

Architectural Wrapping is a really simple process that involves covering an existing surface with a special, tough, self-adhesive film – also called architectural film. It works with both flat and contoured surfaces. That means that the film can cover surfaces or objects that could have different shapes and surface finishes.

You may be thinking that it’s like standard old-fashioned vinyl but the materials of which these films are manufactured are very well engineered to be durable and high quality. It’s as though conventional Signage & Vehicle Wrap was beefed up by hard-wearing flooring laminates. They are designed to have the same look and feel as materials such as stone, wood, metals or leather amongst others.

In fact architectural film or wrapping is not really a brand new product. Its origins lie in the vinyls that began to appear 60 or so years ago. It’s just that advances in materials and manufacturing have revolutionised the sheer number of applications for refurbs and interior design.

What makes Architectural Wrapping so popular?

Its popularity is driven in part by the ever-expanding choice of finishes and patterns, which is constantly broadening its appeal and finding new uses and markets.

Japan, Italy and the US are leading the way with wrapping. All other countries are following suit, including the UK. A recent trend is to wrap structures inside a building.

What does the future hold for architectural film?

Even more uses will be found and the range of styles, finishes and designs will quickly grow as popularity drives demand. Because this method of refurbishment is so flexible and so attractive, we can only see its popularity increasing year by year.

The fact that it can be applied to almost any object and surface within a building means that more and more people will become users as they find new applications.

Supply has improved greatly too here in the UK. Not so long ago it was difficult to get hold of architectural film. Now you can access over 1,000 different finishes.

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