Everything You Need To Know About Venetian Plaster

When you begin decorating your house, you’ll discover lots about interior design that you probably never knew. Something you’re bound to come across is Venetian plastering, which could completely change your opinion on how to coat your walls. 

What is Venetian plaster?

Firstly, it is important to understand what Venetian plaster is. This mixture is made from slaked lime putty with marble dust. It typically has different dyes added to the solution, so when it is applied to the wall it is the exact shade you are looking for. 

This means you don’t have to cover it up, as you most likely would with traditional plaster, as it already looks great on its own, giving the appearance of marble walls. 

It’s about texture as well as look 

Not only do homes decorated with Venetian plaster have a luxurious look, they also boast interesting textures. As it is available with varying grain sizes – fine grain, medium or coarse – there are different finishes you can achieve with Venetian plaster, or lime plaster, as it is sometimes known. 

Having texture on your walls adds a level of uniqueness, as well as style and character, which is why it is a luxurious choice of wall covering.

Don’t cover it up

As Venetian plastered walls can have the colour and texture of your choice, they are not to be covered up in paint or wallpaper like gypsum plaster, which is typically a dark pink. 

Therefore, homeowners don’t have to think about what colours or patterns they will cover their plaster with, as it creates the entire look and style of the room itself. 

Need to call in the experts

As this type of decorating project is quite unique, it is best to call in professional Venetian plasterers, who know exactly what they are doing to create the beautiful marble look and desired textured surface. 

The process of plastering walls is much more labour intensive with material compared with gypsum plaster. What’s more, as the cost of Venetian plaster is significantly higher, you don’t want to get it wrong and have to start over. 

There is not only a craftsmanship skill to applying the plaster, but a level of artistry for creating the interesting textured walls with marble effect. Therefore, if you are going to invest in the product, it is worth investing in professionals too. 

Where is best to use Venetian plaster?

Although it is tempting to want to make a good impression everywhere in your house, there are some areas that are better suited to Venetian plastering than others. 

For instance, places where there is a lot of moisture, such as kitchens and bathrooms, are not the best for Venetian plastering, particularly on splashbacks, around the bath or within shower enclosures. 

It is also wise to avoid using it in high-traffic areas, as these are more likely to suffer from bangs and scrapes, and you won’t want your new plastering to get damaged. 

Instead, choose areas that are less likely to be touched or exposed to moisture. For instance, ceilings, crevices, and living rooms, studies or bedrooms are the best options for Venetian plastering.

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