Decorative plaster is an awesome way to enlighten your home walls and make them look unique. Plaster will give your walls a modern, unique and stylish look.
Decorative plaster is appropriate for those who want to ‘deck the walls’ with both color and texture. And thanks to the Venetian and stucco plaster techniques that we’re all getting excited about these days, your walls can be just as visually interesting as your couch, your entertainment center, or your entire home.
Venetian plaster (or decorative plaster) is thick colored lime or gypsum mixed with sand and water. The Venetian plaster is arguably the most used decorative plaster for home walls. It is widely used in Europe to improve the interior design of many homes. It helps give the walls an effect of a polished marble surface.
The application process of the Venetian plaster is not so easy, so if you find difficulty in doing it yourself, then find a good professional to do it. This thick mixture is applied to the wall with a steel trowel in small bits and sections – leaving white spaces between each application. After a little time, the applied decorative plaster is smoothed from one bit or section to another. And the effect of decorative plaster really comes to light when a little of the existing wall is allowed to show through the colored covering. Because of the wall’s exposure, the decorative plaster begins to look textured.
After about four hours, another coat of this decorative plaster is applied in the same fashion – only in a different direction. For example, if the decorative plaster was applied toward the left, the second coat is applied to the right. This strategy really emphasizes texture and for even more visual interest, another color might be introduced in the second coat.
When dry, your walls might be covered with a finishing layer or top coat designed to give your modern art masterpiece a subtle sheen. However as the final step, the walls are gently sanded with 400 or 600 grit sandpaper to smooth away any roughness or tone down some excessively shiny areas.
Another popular decorative plaster is the textured stucco. There are different types, according to the type of binder and the structure of the coating. Stucco can be mineral, acrylic, silicate and silicone textured decorative plaster. The texture greatly depends on the method of application used.
Applying decorative plaster is not necessarily difficult to do yourself, however because it’s such an intense home improvement project, it is best left to a group of professionals. Overzealous efforts with either the application of decorative plaster or sanding it down can actually damage walls instead of enhance them.
Decorative plaster helps reach another level of interior design. It will improve your boring home walls significantly and will give them a nice look. You may also opt for decorative plaster molding, but there are many details you will have to consider. However, the outcome will be pretty impressive and it will definitely be worth it. The moldings come in all sorts of shapes and sizes to suit any interior. Make sure you choose the right decorative plaster molding, by considering the major elements in your interior design.
Choosing the right decorative plaster for your home design depends greatly on your own personal preferences. You know what will suit your interior the most, so before going to a professional, have an idea and a clear mind on what you really want. For a modern and contemporary style, try simpler, sleek decorative plaster designs for an improved home look. The plaster should complement your whole interior.