Rainbow Magic: How to Use Iridescent Vinyl in Your Home

June 4, 2024



Hannah Haber

There you are—staring at the blank spaces in your house. And if you’re thinking about spicing it up with a paintbrush, think again. You might be limiting yourself with predictable color choices. Instead of selecting a few hues to build your palette, why don’t you throw a touch of rainbow in your space? This decorative film is a playful sensory experience that captures the magic and science of iridescence. 

What Is Iridescent Vinyl?

Rainbow Magic: How to Use Iridescent Vinyl in Your Home.

Iridescent vinyl is a special kind of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) film you can stick on various flat surfaces. Although similar to wallpapers, this thermoplastic material transcends two-dimensional designs through light and perspective. As light bends on the vinyl microstructures, light waves overlap causing  certain colors to bounce off depending on the angle you’re seeing it. 

Basically, this film is a furnishing in motion, dancing in color shifts to bring a unique dynamic to your space. And because of its metallic illumination, it gives a modern holographic touch foreseen to value more in the future. However, it can come out as invasive and purely whimsical if not considered properly. Even a small area can make or break your space. 

Apart from homes, it found its way in workplaces and urban public spaces. As a result, iridescent vinyl became more accessible in the market and are now all over online stores.

Iridescence in All Angles

Rainbow Magic: How to Use Iridescent Vinyl in Your Home.

Iridescent vinyl comes in pastel tones, gradients, solids, and transparent designs. This makes this film easier to align and complement the general style of your home despite its standout features. 

Since they’re temporary finishes, you can experiment with various designs and swap them out if you have a change of heart. This film’s versatility allows you to apply it to unexpected surfaces, adding a touch of surprise and delight to your space. Aside from countertops, walls, and ceilings, these films work best in areas drenched in natural light. You can apply them as borders for entryways or as filters for your windows. 

In addition to its convenient uses, iridescent vinyl is quite easy to work with. You can cut it to any shape and apply it to almost any surface. 

Guide to a Rainbow Vibe

Rainbow Magic: How to Use Iridescent Vinyl in Your Home.

To prevent it from overwhelming your space, consider these tips when using iridescent vinyl. 

Create a concept. Due to the films’ optical tricks, it’s easy to become naturally curious of its design possibilities. Sometimes, getting too excited to use this decorative material leads to incoherent application, which skips the first crucial step—conceptualization. By establishing a concept, you can determine proper placement and the right amount of vinyl to use. This can add character to your space by combining it with the right design elements. 

Apply on statement pieces. Usage iridescent vinyl in moderation. So, to make the most out of it, apply them on already prominent items. Centerpieces like coffee tables, pendant lamps, and decorative mirrors make vinyl look intentional and not too distracting. Whether coating a few noticeable parts or the whole item with iridescence, it won’t appear like a random interior addition. You can even frame a portion of this film and make it the statement artwork itself.

Make it functional. More than its aesthetics, think of iridescent vinyl as a purposeful decoration for your space. For starters, ask yourself how this dynamic film will impact the function of each area and your mood. Will it be bothersome to put it in spaces meant for relaxation like bathroom and bedroom? Or will it uplift your spirit when cooking if you cover a portion of your kitchen with it? Test what kind of application works best for you. 

Iridescent vinyl offers an unconventional detail to interior design, perfect for those who crave a playful and dynamic space. It goes beyond the limitations of color schemes and palettes, bringing glamor and modernity through magical light physics. But beyond pouring rainbows in homes, this material is a potential on how we interact with and experience our interior environments.

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