Faux Vs Real Metal Diamond Plate
Texture can add depth and add an interesting element to design. One of the more popular textural patterns for use in industrial, retail, and even rustic designs is diamond or checker plate.Diamond plate was first used in the middle of the 20th century by military and industrial clients for practical purposes like providing traction on floors and to reduce slipping on outdoor surfaces that may get wet. From its initial use, diamond plate has gained more potential in aesthetic applications, leading to growth in its demand and becoming more and more popular for use in interior design.
While using real metal diamond plate is very practical in some areas like stairs and catwalks in industrial sites—its weight, fabrication, and few color options limit its versatility in interior design. It is usually made from aluminum or steel sheets making it heavy and while it can be painted, the metal has to be properly prepped, you have to use a particular paint, and this can still end up fading or chipping over time. As an alternative to using real metal diamond plate for your next interior design project, you may consider using MirroFlex laminates in a Diamond Plate pattern.
With MirroFlex, you can get the look and feel of real metal diamond plate with the bonus of being able to using it in so many more different applications. With MirroFlex in Diamond Plate, virtually any surface can have the look of real metal without the having to worry about extensive fabrication or installation. It is great for restaurants with a sports or automotive theme and is lightweight and durable, perfect for high-traffic areas.
Another advantage is the ability to combine over 40 different finishes to the pattern. This helps to achieve that real aluminum or steel diamond plate look while morphing it to match a variety of different design and color schemes. You can give diamond plate a whole new dimension by using it to wrap around columns, bars, and walls. Combined with an unexpected finish adds an interesting twist to this popular pattern. Adding a diamond plate texture to interior design can enhance and bring the space to life. While many choose it for its hard, industrial look, adding a unique color and installing it in interesting ways can make a place feel modern and chic.