Italian wall finishes are known for their timeless beauty and elegant charm. If you want to add a touch of sophistication to your home, achieving an authentic Italian wall finish is the way to go.
Centuries of Italian Wall Finishes
Italian wall finishes have a rich history that dates back centuries. These finishes were developed to enhance the beauty and durability of interior walls while also serving as a form of artistic expression. From Pompeii and the Renaissance to present day, Italian wall finishes have stood the test of time.
Italian wall finishes are characterised by their texture, depth, and versatility.
Polished plaster, for example, is known by many names including Venetian plaster, Italian plaster, lime plaster and marmorino and embraces a wide range of decorative finishes from those with a high sheen to those with textured effects.
Our polished plaster, which is sourced from Italy and contains no VOC or acrylic additives, is made of marble dust and when applied produces a polished, marble-like finish.
It tends to be used on internal walls and ceilings, the finished results provide a truly stunning look that is similar to polished marble or limestone. By adding coloured pigment, a wide variety of colours can be created achieving consistent tones through different finishes.
Why not take your time and browse through the following:
- How To application videos
- Istinto Finishes Gallery
- Polished Plaster - A Comprehensive Guide
Maintaining Your Italian Wall Finish
Here are our five top tips for maintaining Venetian polished plaster walls:
Check the overall finish
After application, the walls can be sealed with a wax protection which makes them waterproof, helping to repel any grease and grime. Applying a wax means the cleaning and maintenance of your freshly new plastered walls will be much easier. If the walls are not sealed, or you're unsure, test a small inconspicuous area before going ahead with the entire wall. If you’re not happy with the result, do consult us before taking further action, we would be very happy to help.
Be gentle when cleaning
When cleaning polished plaster, it is important to use only water and a mild soap, avoiding any harsh cleaning materials, as these can potentially damage the surface. We recommend using our cleansing milk, Latte Detergente. Although polished plaster is robust, it is also delicate, so always clean gently. We recommend using a damp cloth for wet wiping and a microfibre cloth for dusting, which will help keep the original lustre of the finish.
Although water-resistant, it isn’t best practice to leave the surface wet. After cleaning, take another dry, soft, non-abrasive cloth and dry the wall down. By using circular motions this will help keep the sheen. Ensure there are no remaining water marks or smudges left that could blemish the appearance of your walls.
Tackle repairs carefully
Even though polished plaster is exceptionally durable, daily life can sometimes lead to cracks or scratches. However due to the fact the plaster is applied in layers, it’s very easy to repair and restore the smooth appearance without the need for re-plastering the entire wall.
Although repairs can be simple, it is still advisable to call in specialists to rectify any problems, please don't hesitate to contact us, one of our team is always on hand to assist.
We offer a range of innovative and high-quality microcement products from Nikkolor which can be applied on floors, walls and furniture in both residential and commercial environments and provides a seamless surface.
Do take a look at our Nikkolor brochures.
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Order Italian Wall Finishes from Stucco Veneziano
Our full range of finishes is available to buy online directly through the Stucco Veneziano website and is stocked in our London warehouse for shipping throughout the UK. For areas outside the UK, please call us for a shipping quote.
If you would like to visit our warehouse to purchase, please call us to make an appointment.