A Guide To Picking The Best Plaster For Your Walls

By February 20, 2018 Uncategorized

Plasterwork has been used for centuries and even though it went away for a few years, it is making a big comeback. Not only is a great way to add texture and warmth to a space but when left in its raw state, it is environmentally friendly, allows walls to breathe and involves no chemicals that can later be released into the environment (like some paints).

I first got introduced to Venetian Plaster while working in an NYC townhouse. Venetian plaster is produced when marble dust is added to a plaster mix and applied with a spatula or trowel in very thin layers. The process is very labor intensive and requires a lot of patience. The result is a smooth surface with texture and depth. When applied correctly, Venetian plaster is not only beautiful but very durable.

Venetian Plaster by Leigh Herzig

A less durable finish, and not suitable for wet areas like bathrooms and kitchens, Clay Plaster is a decorative finish used to create a matter and rough feel on the walls. Clay Plaster is a mixture of clay, sand, water and plant fibers for strength.

Clayworks Clay Plaster

Perhaps the types of plaster most of us are familiar with are Lime Plaster and Gypsum Plaster. Lime Plaster is composed of sand, water, and lime, usually non-hydraulic hydrate-lime. This type of plaster is durable but also quite flexible. When cured it becomes very durable and can resist the elements. Gypsum Plaster is a bit more affordable as it comes in a mix and you just need to add water. It needs to be applied rapidly but requires less application experience, although I wouldn’t try to apply it myself.

Philip Dixon Venice House For AD

Last but not least, the most exciting plaster, or at least for me, is the Tadelakt plaster. This is a waterproof finish used in Moroccan architecture to make sinks, baths, floors, among other things. This finish can be shiny or matte and you can add any color to the mix. It is extremely durable and you can add any color you want.

Tadelakt Finish

Skip the paint and bring some texture to your walls by applying one of these plaster techniques.

Best Wishes,

Manrique