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Digital printing technologies are revolutionizing the interior design industry, says Mark Sollman, application manager at Mimaki. Not only can these items be produced faster and with less waste than with traditional manufacturing processes, digital printing offers the ability to personalize – even personalize – interior design. This is a growing demand from retired baby boomers as well as millennials and millennials to personalize their home environment. Businesses also benefit from the ability to personalize their interior design and the ability to change the decor as needed.

Here are five ways to take advantage of digital printing for more exciting decor by Mimaki:

1. Wallpaper
Wallpaper is the most obvious use of digital printing for interior design. For a long time, wallpaper had a very cheesy and old-fashioned image, but new modern designs and digital printing on demand have changed that. As a result, this decorating staple has suddenly gotten cool again in recent years. These days, suppliers can provide wallpaper in just about any design, either based on their own designs or according to a customer’s specifications. Do you want wallpaper with a specific photo, color scheme, or maybe a certain structure or fabric? Thanks to inkjet printing technology, this is all very possible, fast and affordable.

2. Padding
Digital printing and upholstery are a golden combination. The design of a fabric no longer needs to be generic and suitable for mass production. Different types of fabrics can be printed on demand (even silk) with any design possible and in any quantity required. As such, the uses are endless and affordable. Think unique curtains, upholstery on chairs and sofas, bedding and pillows. Upholstery can be designed to blend seamlessly into the color scheme or print required by the interior designer. The sublimation printing technology also delivers brilliant colors, even making it possible to use vivid tropical colors effectively.

3. Glass
When we talk about decorative glass, most people think of stained glass. Thanks to UV-curable digital printing technology, printing can be performed on an increasing number of materials, including glass! An added benefit of this technique is that the printed designs are scratch and water resistant and will not fade over time. Besides stained glass, there are many other uses for printing on glass. Glass panels could, for example, also be used to give an artistic or modern touch to architecture or interior decoration. It is possible to print more than two thousand transparent or covering colors on standard glass or structured glass. This can be done to completely transform a bathroom, meeting room, office, hotel lobby, or wall.

4. Tiles
In addition to glass, it is also possible to print directly on ceramic tiles. This opens up incredible new opportunities to print unique designs on floor and wall tiles for kitchens, bathrooms, swimming pools or to create a complete mural. Print-on-demand allows a design to be distributed seamlessly across multiple tiles, or even an entire wall. This introduces a new level of interior design potential for these areas. Finally, there is also another recognizable use: do you need more tiles for a certain project where the original tiles you bought are no longer available? A small batch can be reproduced on demand using digital printing technology.

5. Wood
We started with the most obvious use of digital printing and end with probably the most surprising: wood. For those who like a more rustic, country feel in the home or business environment, UV digital printing technology can be used to print directly onto wood. This can be done on small objects or panels, but there are also large format printers that allow printing directly to a door! This gives restaurants, cafes or hotels new options to include unique printed wooden elements in their interior design. Without digital printing technology this would indeed be almost impossible and unaffordable, due to the manual labor required. Now this unique design element is right at your fingertips for projects of any size.

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