By Esther Yates-Abrams and Melissa Gooding
Today, instead of natural fibres such as linen, silk, and cotton, stretch ceiling membranes are made from more durable and infinitely recyclable polymer films and polyester-based fabrics, which are capable of lasting more than 25 years without fading or absorbing any particulates.
While these membranes do not need to be replaced like those of yesteryear, they can be easily changed to quickly alter the look of an interior space, whether it is just for fun, or to keep an indoor swimming pool/hot tub area look cutting edge.
Not only do these materials come in a wide range of colours and surface textures, they can also be digitally printed, offering an affordable, modern version of the ancient art of wall and ceiling frescoes. Printing may include a company logo, digital photograph, or faux texture. With digital photography, trompe l’oeil (the illusion of a three-dimensional space beyond the artwork) effects become incredibly lifelike. Backlighting added behind a printed translucent membrane can make an outdoor space depicted in a digital image come to life, and appear as a natural extension of the actual indoor pool area. This is especially useful for bringing the outdoors to a windowless space, maintaining privacy while creating a natural atmosphere, or opening up the feel of a small room.
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