Available on the market since decades, these finishes perfectly replicate different materials: woods, stones, fabrics, leathers, brushed and oxidized metals. They consist in films, mainly made of PVC, that in a few tenths of a millimeter and some overlap layers replicate plenty of finishes in a pleasant and realistic way, both to the eye and to the touch. The PVC structure ensures good flexibility, which allows the material to be shaped not only on flat and smooth walls but also on complex three-dimensional objects, such as pieces of furniture..
What are the advantages of these solutions?.
First of all, the lightness, the extension, the ease of supply and the speed of application. These win factors, combined with a cost that is often considerably lower than the natural material, allow creativity to win on time and budget issues. Born in the automotive market, to decorate dashboards and sides, today these films are used to decorate walls, ceilings, furniture indoors, and facades, outdoors. Among the available patterns, many are rare ones such as precious woods and expensive metals, with complex processing, which all come in the shape of rolls (one and a half meter high) with an extension of several tens of meters. This size and weight uniformity ensure a simple use of these materials, which perhaps, in their genuine version, are much heavier, brittle and delicate. Covering an entire wall with marble, decorating a ceiling with walnut wood or with an unobtainable essence, such as charred wood, becomes simple and affordable..
The idea of covering surfaces with a new "skin" is also a way to be more sustainable: choosing to maintain and renovate instead of throwing away and buying back is a more environmentally friendly approach. Interiors, frames, facades and furnishings restyled with these solutions have a new and long-lasting life. Cleaning and maintenance are part of advantages.