When you’re thinking about adding a feature wall into your home or place of work there will undoubtedly be a lot of thoughts, ideas and choices to be made, colour and texture are two of the main ones. Blue Venetian plaster can be a bold choice.
Get it right and you’ll have created a space that you adore and love to spend time in, whereas a bad judgement call can lead to it being a costly mistake, at least with paint you can paint straight over it if you’re not such a fan.
Decorative plasters aren’t so easy; however, you could pay a second time for it to be recoated in another shade of blue plaster or blended in with another colour to take the edge off it.
What are we to do when making these important decisions for your feature wall, ceiling or artwork installation?
For some of us that’s a quick and easy enough process, simply selecting our favourite colours and shades from the catalogues or recollections stored within our minds, then moving forward.
Elsewhere others seek inspirations across the web with social media sites such as Instagram or Pinterest being at the forefront of beautiful imagery and inspirations, helping you to find a glimmer of hope when it comes to selecting the ideal colour.
( PS: if you want to check out our Instagram for ideas it’s here )
You know the one that will make you feel a certain way, to evoke the desired emotions from within, choosing the right shade, of blue in this instance is an essential part of getting what you want.
That is after all what colour has the power to do, whether you’ve been selecting your choices from a place of conscious intent or not, how we interpret and perceive colour is a very personal thing but some commonalities are considered.
Take blue Venetian polished plaster as an example here.
If used in a home office environment, which we have done for a client, then it can be considered that due to its vibrant and bright tones the following could apply:
– Sense of dependability, reliability and strength
– Productivity level increaser
– Draws attention in
– Visually appealing
– Wow factor, for virtual visitors and real-life guests alike
By opting for a blue Venetian plaster accent wall in a shade of bright blue as opposed to a painted or wallpapered feature wall, the client has shown to colleagues and business partners that he is a dependable guy and good to do business with.
Opting for Venetian plaster oozes that opulent touch which other wall covering options just wouldn’t have been able to match.
Marble plaster is considered a luxurious wall covering choice, being at the more premium end of investment for the installations, hence why it’s been used throughout history by aristocratic residences, palaces, prestigious buildings and places of significance.
When you select this as a finish for your walls at home or in your business let’s be honest, you want people to notice and comment, you’re after the wow factor and questions asking ‘what is this!?’
A focal point should be a centrepiece, bringing the conversation to its direction, capturing the gaze and piquing the interest of onlookers.
Blue is a bold choice in some cases, especially the more vibrant of shades, the lighter and more subtle variants will still achieve a reaction just in a much more delicate manner.
Choosing the right shade for you also comes down to some other key factors we believe, as touched on below.
Do you want the colour to mirror nature in any way, if so think about the shades of blue found in the sky or in water, nature’s most abundant resource?
You could attempt to recreate a stormy sea with choppy waters, white dashes of foam and the energy that carries forth, such as captured so perfectly by Rembrandt in The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, giving you your own masterpiece in your home or office.
Or a tranquil place of peace and serenity, calm and placid waters that draw you in and curate a sense of wellbeing from within, setting the tone for a less stressful day at work.
Blue is also the colour associated with feeling low, or depressed, at least here in England it is, with the saying of feeling like you got the blues. So choosing your shade carefully will save you from falling into a gloomy slump.
For a single feature wall or focal point, it is unlikely that would happen in any instance, especially if you’d invested in a piece of wall art, it would be much more likely to happen should you decide to go all out and paint the whole house in shades of dark blues, navy blue and other light-absorbing palettes without adding in any contrasts or colour pops.
Lighting plays a key role here but that isn’t the scope for this piece, just know that the right lighting can make or break the impact of an installation.
Language is a funny thing I‘m always fascinated by, as one thing can be translated into so many different meanings, adding some stencil work, quotes or famous sayings into the Venetian plaster art piece could then bring about a whole new angle to enjoy it from, with the stencils either being overlaid onto a finishes installation or embedded into the design for added intrigue and depth.
Whilst it’s largely open to interpretation, we can associate blue with loyalty and stability, a sense of trustworthiness, one of the reasons it’s often found in corporate branding and logos.
A hand-applied and finished option, polished plaster is one of the more labour-intensive finishes available on the market, largely owing to the techniques used to achieve such as decorative and high shine finish. It is also a very unforgiving material that should only be applied by skilled craftsmen, such as ourselves.
To find an exact shade that matches your tastes it can be tinted to suit, giving you almost infinite possibilities for matching the visions you have in your head, company colour schemes, memoirs from yesteryear and beyond.
Venetian polished plaster also carries with it a sense of added drama when being used as an accent or feature wall, as we touched on earlier the material is hand applied, how this will translate onto your wall is that each applicator will have their own style our application methods.
Depending on where they learnt their craft and frow home will usually dictate their style to a degree, sometime you will find they have trained with serval people in the industry, such as we did, in order to develop their own blend from here.
For you the client, this means that the patterning will be very unique to each art piece, something that needs to be considered in the early stages when looking for someone to take care of your installation.
Some prefer a longer stroke, whereas others may enjoy seeing more sporadic and scattered detailing.
Ultimately this comes down to personal preferences, the smaller the stroke the busier the wall installation can become, which should be a consideration for how you plan to dress and furnish the space.
If leaving your guests awestruck is your goal then you may want to consider some blending of shades within the design, which could work particularly well as a backdrop for your video conference calls and meetings.
Additionally further wow factor can be included in your design by adding depth or texture into the Venetian plaster, using the same shade of blue would be possible in most cases, as can tint topcoats, metallurgic additives or metallic waxes.
There’s no doubt you’ll get a jaw-dropping installation by using us as your company of choice, if you’d love to pick our brains on all things plaster or decorative finish related, simply give us a call on 0203 4887578
We look forward to speaking soon
The Signature Walls Team