How to use grey Venetian plaster throughout your home

How to use grey Venetian plaster in your home or business

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, in a cave or in a land far away, you may have noticed the last 5 or so years have been dominated by many shades of grey within the world of home decoration and interior styling.

It’s served its purpose and given many a stylish backdrop for photos, video, and just to appease the desire for nice things.

Having been on the deliverance end of painting, palette and producing works of art with all types of grey materials we felt it may be useful to share some of this knowledge for those of you who are still inclined to go for the grey.

As with any interior design or decoration, it comes down to your own tastes and personality as to which colours or shades you may decide to go for.

With such shade variance available and the option to tint to suit, your options for bringing grey into Venetian plaster can cater for most people.

So how do we do it?!

Simple really, first; you must decide which areas, rooms or details you’d like to introduce the Venetian plaster to.

Being a premium product you may need to keep a watchful eye on the stack of fun coupons you’ve allocated for the works, as large areas or intricate designs can soon see the costs creeping up.

However, the flipside to this is that most installers, ourselves included, will usually have a minimum charge to justify the time travelling and repeated visitors to the project.

These are not products you can rush or force to do things, so you are somewhat limited in speed and progress by the nature of the materials.

Using grey with polished plaster

This finish is well suited to the colour and really adds a level of depth and elegance that a painted wall cannot achieve.

It can be supplied in lighter shades for a subtle effect or bolder shades for a more noticeable installation.

Sumptuous and elegant, the polished plaster will always look incredible when installed correctly with mesmerising patterning woven into its very fabric.

Use it on its own or add some metallic wax into the mix for a subtle shimmer.                            

Polished plaster has and will continue to be the choice for those wanting an instant wow factor.

Installations with textured grey Venetian plaster

Adding heavy texture or layers of depth to your designs can be very desirable in the right setting.

When using grey Venetian plaster for the wall or surface, this can really add to the effects, even more so if you decide to include a metallic wax or additive.

Doing so can make the art piece pop in ways that a flat finish can only dream of.

You’ll also find that the larger grain plasters can be built up for higher levels of definition and whilst it may take several layers to achieve, the starting layers could be created with a smoother or more compressed style.

The result will be a more captivating installation.

Combine with a liquid metal or other contrasting colours to really stand out, also lends itself nicely to the world of stencils.

Rustic Venetian plaster using grey

This finish will work well in areas where you want the appearance to look traditional, rustic or limewashed.

Textured plasters are particularly effective when colour washing and ageing techniques have been implemented.

You may decide to use this across several walls or areas and tie it in with the overall theme for the space, which needs to be considered with the paints you plan to use elsewhere.

Also, worth mentioning is when using a textured plaster, what is the likelihood of the wall or surface being continually touched, having an installation within an area of high foot traffic can lead to its changing appearance over time from repeated hand rubbing or leaning against.

Concrete Venetian plaster

Bit of a current fan favourite and will undoubtedly continue to be popular for those with a penchant for industrial-inspired design.

These types of finish can be achieved using the larger grain marmorinos as well as specific concrete products, such as Archi + concrete by Novacolor.

You could opt to have a wall or surface coated in a more rugged and textured style or for a smoother, compressed and polished design.

Each installation is tailored to your tastes so the application of topcoats is where the design will really take shape, so between your ideas and the skills of the artist at work, which will hopefully be us 😊, you will end up with a surface as you’d dreamt.

Choosing this range you may decide to coat several areas such as walls, floors or ceilings then dress the room accordingly with the introduction of colour pops against a stark background.

Of course, if you’d appreciate the Venetian to have a more aged look and feel to it for a more period property, this is also possible with some extra steps.

We’ve no doubt the concrete themed designs will remain popular for the years ahead given the way trends have evolved over recent years.

It’s worth pointing out at this stage that if you wanted to make use of Venetian plaster or concrete within your bathroom then the better product range to use would actually be microcement.

You’ll still achieve the look and feel that you’re after with a seamless stone finish, it’s just these products are more resilient and waterproof than traditional Venetian plasters.

They also come in a wide range of appealing grey shades.

If you’d like to discover which options may work best for your space feel free to get in touch via email

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