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Did You Know… How Chemistry Helps Make Design Bright?

Interior designers make choices that transform commercial and residential building spaces in innovative ways. And the products of chemistry – the building blocks for many high-performing materials – are an essential component of this transformation.

From paints and wall coverings, to carpets and composite flooring, to kitchen and bathroom countertops and furniture and lighting, materials made with chemical ingredients help make design bright. For example:

  • Light-emitting diode (LED) lighting is energy efficient, durable and long lasting. In the future, LED lighting could cut global energy demand by a whopping 30 percent.
  • Moisture-resistant, durable and easy-to-clean vinyl flooring helps provide a safe, hygienic environment in healthcare facilities, offices and restaurants.
  • Surfaces and countertops made using a blend of epoxies, recycled glass, and other often discarded post-consumer materials can include up to 90 percent recycled content, helping designers attain LEED credits for their projects.
  • Water-based epoxy coatings dry quickly, providing a tough, protective layer for flooring in high-traffic areas like hotel lobbies or hospital hallways.
  • As a cushioning material in upholstered furniture, flexible polyurethane foam helps make furniture durable, comfortable and supportive.
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