The Ins and Outs of Venetian Plaster

lovely venetian plastered wallIf you’ve ever had the pleasure of taking in some of the spectacular sights of Venice, you’ll be aware that it’s a city full of splendid design and old world splendor.

Once you’re there, all it requires is a gondola ride down one of the many city’s famed canals to enjoy the striking structures that can be found on just about every corner.

For this reason, it’s no surprise that even the special plaster which comes from this northern Italian city has the same incredible passion, magnificence, elegance and depth as the city itself.

What Exactly is Venetian Plaster?

So, exactly what is venetian plaster? The answer is in what it’s crafted from, how it’s applied and the finished effect.

Traditional Venetian Plaster, otherwise known as marble plaster, Italian plaster or polished plaster is made of lime putty and marble dust and gives a very polished finish to walls and ceilings, which can look like stunning marble itself. Because of this it’s oftentimes used effectively for decorative effect.

While it can be enhanced with acrylic resins, when it’s applied properly by an expert such as CES Coatings, the plaster by itself can give a rock hard, deeply textured and smooth marble-like finish which features a glossy, high sheen.

venetian plaster has been used for centuriesUsed for Centuries

Venetian Plaster has been used for centuries and although it was originally used for building purposes its main use is now to compliment the interior design of a building, whether it’s ” old world ” traditional, modern day design or even used in listed buildings for refurbishment.

It’s popular, not only for the striking and opulent effect it gives, but also for the reason that lime based venetian plaster is made with less harmful substances, rendering it hypoallergenic, together with mould and algae resistant, not forgetting the fact that venetian plaster can also manage moisture content.

A Fake Version of Marble You Ask?

Venetian Plaster has often be referred to as being a fake version of marble, but the truth is that the plaster itself comprises of natural materials which, when mixed, offer this impressive effect. It can come in a variety of levels of sheen, textures and colours but it can also be tinted or coloured to achieve an affect that can’t be established naturally. When applied properly, the finished effect is equally as striking and aesthetically pleasing as marble itself and the finish will greatly enhance the colour of the plaster supplying warmth to the wall surfaces.

Brandie Chapman