Incorporate Texture into Your Designs with 3M Architectural Finishes & Decorative Glass Films

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Texture refers to the design element which describes how something feels. It can also express how something looks like it would feel if it were touched. Incorporating different textures into architecture and design contributes visual interest by causing the brain to process varying stimuli. Too many different or non-complementary textures can appear chaotic, but a healthy mix breaks up monotony for an enhanced aesthetic.

Architects and designers often turn to various natural materials and textiles to achieve this tactile variation. Rich woods, rough stones, and woven plant fibers add texture throughout a space. However, these materials can be costly, cumbersome, or lack durability. Manmade materials such as steel or etched glass pose similar challenges.

Fortunately, 3M Architectural Finishes & Decorative Glass Films provide an excellent alternative.

3M DI-NOC Architectural Finishes

3M DI-NOC Architectural Finishes contribute texture to surfaces by mimicking hundreds of natural and synthetic materials. From leather and textiles to stone and wood, this versatile material can be installed on walls, countertops, elevator cabs, and more. The finishes adhere to wood, MDF, drywall, glass, and various metals and plastics. DI-NOC Finishes look and feel like the materials they’re imitating, but at a fraction of the cost and with a convenient installation process. In addition to their stunning visual and tactile qualities, 3M Architectural Finishes offer many beneficial characteristics, including:

  • Cost-effective – Simulate hundreds of natural and synthetic materials at a fraction of the cost.
  • Sustainable – Adhere to existing surfaces to reduce waste.
  • Cleanable – Can be sanitized using typical commercial-grade cleaners and disinfectants.
  • Versatile – Bond to a variety of surfaces, both flat and curved.
  • Convenient – Installed discreetly to allow for continuity of operations.

3M Fasara & Dusted Crystal Decorative Glass Finishes

Glass surfaces also provide blank canvases for incorporating texture into a space. Although expensive etched glass accomplishes this goal, a hefty price tag accompanies this option. Instead, opt for 3M Fasara and Dusted Crystal Decorative Glass Finishes. These films adhere to existing glass surfaces and imitate expensive etched glass to an astonishing degree. Choose from hundreds of designs varying in opacity, pattern, and color. 3M Glass Finishes refract light passing through glass to create texture and elevate privacy. Some finishes subtly obscure the view from one side of the glass to the other, while others eliminate visibility.

Use Texture as a Key Element in Design

If seeing is believing, then feeling is remembering. 3M Architectural and Glass Finishes help the architecture and design community create memorable structures and spaces. The 3M product experts at EPD can provide you with brochures, spec sheets, and samples, so you know you’re making the right selection

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