VENETIAN PLASTER


"Living with lime-plastered walls is like living inside a Rothko painting," a client once observed.  Venetian plaster is a general term that refers to putty made from fired limestone combined with water. It’s then mixed together to make lime plaster and is custom tinted. Other types of Venetian plaster include aggregates like marble, granite, or glass. They’re similar in appearance to lime, but those aggregates add a thickness and an underlying subtle texture to the overall appearance. It is characteristically applied in layers with trowels, but can also be combed, stenciled, have patterns brayer-ed  into it, or textured with other tools. It can be polished to a high sheen, have a play of matte and shiny across the surface, or have an earthy, soft, flat  finish. Venetian plaster has been used since ancient times and has, with very good reason, endured both physically and aesthetically.