Acrylic has become a popular staple of home decorating. Acrylic, sometimes known as Lucite, is a plastic material that can be made clear, and has great optical clarity (if it’s made clear) and is more impact resistant than glass. In addition, Acrylic is easy to fabricate, is lightweight, and bonds well with common adhesives and solvents. It’s also super easy to clean.
With many areas experiencing increased population density, people are finding they need to work with smaller spaces. Clear acrylic takes up less visual space and helps to make an area appear larger or more open. It’s also noticeably lighter and more durable than glass, making it a good alternative to use for things like legs on a chair or table, or even shelving. Keeping that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some home décor ideas using acrylic.
Modern Furniture Looks with Acrylic Legs
Acrylic gives off a modern, minimalistic look. Acrylic legs on furniture are currently on trend and offer a great way to add a bit of interest on an otherwise ordinary piece of furniture. For example, this sofa chair’s modern look is enhanced with square acrylic legs.
Sharp edges and square designs are not the only option for acrylics. Since the material is easy to fabricate, it can be molded into a variety of shapes, allowing for endless design creativity.
- LEGAC5301 Tapered Square Acrylic Leg
- LEGAC5302 Contoured Acrylic Leg
- LEGAC5303 Tapered Round Acrylic Leg
As you can see, you could easily replace the square legs on the sofa chair in the photo above with rounded acrylic legs for a different type of look.
Acrylic is the clearly chic option for any space, but for smaller spaces it’s a great option if you’re concerned about things looking cluttered, or just want to reduce the amount of visual space that is taken up by furniture.
For instance, if you’re trying to go for an open look but you only have a small room to work with, you can use clear acrylic in that room to make it appear more open than it actually is. This clear acrylic shelf appears to take up less space because your eye is focused on the objects rather than the actual shelf. It also gives the area a clean and modern look.
How to Clean Acrylic
Acrylic may be more resistant to breakage than glass, but it is not as scratch resistant. You can use common household cleaners (like a standard multipurpose surface cleaner) to clean acrylic surfaces, but it’s a good idea to use a soft cloth to wipe it away. A microfiber cloth or tea towel both work well to wipe acrylic with because the material on both these cloth types tends to not be abrasive.
In addition, spills that typically absorb into porous surfaces, like wood, generally don’t affect acrylic since it’s not a porous material, so you don’t have to worry about wine or juice spills staining your acrylic surface.
Decorating with Acrylic
Clear acrylic is so versatile, it’s sure to seamlessly fit with your existing home or office décor. With its high impact resistance and easy cleanability, it’s easy to consider incorporating acrylic over wood or metal for in your next project.