Venetian Plaster – Decorate Your Edinburgh Home with Style

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So, you have heard of venetian plaster and decided to decorate a room in a sumptuous style. Now you are wondering what venetian plaster is and how to apply it. In this article we will tell you all about it. We will also explain how it differs from other types of lime plaster.

What is venetian plaster?

Venetian plaster or stucco is a coating of great finesse characterized by its moiré and its luxurious appearance. It provides high quality finishes and traditional aesthetic and colorful effects. The product is intended for the interior and exterior of new or old buildings, or for the restoration of buildings in which special color effects are required with quality lime-based finishes.

History of Stucco

Venetian lime plaster is one of the oldest building materials known to mankind; its use dates back to 9,500 years in the region of present-day Jordan. Later the Romans used it mixed with marble dust as a fine application over a coarser lime and sand aggregate, which is no different from the technique we use today.

The continued use of slaked lime paste existed throughout the Middle Ages. Documented evidence of the Mantovano finish, resurrected by the Safra Co. of Villa Franca, Italy, and now reliably produced only by the Safra Co. of Villa Franca, Italy, dates to around 1100 BC.

During the Renaissance, in the middle of the 16th century, the Marmorino was reintroduced to Venice largely through the efforts of Andrea Palladio and used outdoors on civil plaster masonry. By the 17th century many types of interior plaster flourished, the most notable is the highly polished Plaster Veneziano that can be found in the palaces and villas of the 16th and 17th centuries of the Serene Republic of Venice.

Is venetian plaster out of style?

No! Venetian plaster is trendier than ever! It is used in prestigious buildings such as large hotels where it gives a noble appearance. Also, you will find plaster in many churches, on columns, where it imitates marble to perfection. Plaster has been historically widely used in the countries around the Mediterranean since antiquity.

This product is particularly used in Edinburgh for interventions on buildings of historical and artistic interest or for green construction interventions respectful of the environment.

What is venetian plaster made of?

Venetian plaster is a lime-based plaster. This coating is very similar to tadelakt.
The lime used in the venetian plaster is said to be aerial. This plaster is a mixture of lime and fillers and pigment. These fillers can come from sand, marble powder or brick powder. It is also possible to integrate binders into it. It is for all these reasons that venetian plaster is the perfect material to imitate marble.
Its exclusive composition based on natural raw materials provides good breathability and an effective barrier against bacteria.

The advantages of Venetian Stucco


Venetian plaster is one of the most versatile wall treatments. It can be applied to almost any new or pre-existing interior wall or ceiling.
In addition, it is the easiest and most rewarding wall treatment to use on columns and arches.

  • Sustainable

Dry Venetian plaster has a rock-like hardness which makes it exceptionally durable.

  • Easy to maintain

Venetian plaster is one of the easiest wall finishes to maintain. By allowing water vapor to seep in freely and water to evaporate easily, plaster prevents moisture trapping below the surface. This can be problematic with other finishes that include vinyl.

  • Timeless

Venetian plaster is timeless and interchangeable. Even though the premixed coloring eliminates the need for painting, the plaster is an ultra smooth surface that lends itself easily to modifications. With very little preparation, you can easily transform a room from a nursery to a teenager’s room, or give your kitchen a quick facelift, to always maintain a fresh look in your home.

  • Eco-friendly

Venetian plaster is an easy way to “go green”. The ingredients are all natural and non-toxic, and when applied in a two- or three-layer coating, the plaster provides optimum indoor air quality. Lime is also naturally high in PH, so it automatically acts as an antibacterial surface, which inhibits the growth of mold and other fungi.
Plaster will also have a positive impact on your energy costs, since it is applied in multiple layers, it is an easy way to add layers of insulation to your home, making your heating and air conditioning more efficient.

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How to apply Venetian plaster paint to walls

  • Mix and stir the product thoroughly before use.
  • Application method: with steel trowel with rounded edges.
  • Priming: 2 X Fondo Liscio – substrate specially designed for decorative paints with special effects.
  • Final layer: The Venetian plaster walls effect is applied in three layers using a stainless steel trowel with rounded edges to avoid the unsightly lines that appear in the application process of the product.
  • Apply the first layer to completely cover the surface, let it dry for 24 hours;
  • Apply the second layer when the stucco effect begins to appear, let it dry for 24 hours;
  • Apply the third layer when the desired stucco effect is reached. Before the final layer dries completely, clean the surface with a steel trowel.
  • Polishing and protection is achieved with natural Stilnovo wax, which offers a smooth texture, water resistant and prevents yellowing.
  • Number of layers required: 3 layers of product (2 layers of background + 1 for finishing) depending on the porosity of the support;

Specific consumption:

 a) 1 – 1.4 kg / m2 for the final effect on the plastered plaster
 b) 0.4 – 0.6 kg / m2 for finishing

Wax: 30 sqm / liter

Drying time:

– It can be touched after about one hour or two, complete after 24 hours, depending on temperature, humidity and air circulation. The product is not applied when the temperature of the environment and the surface is below 5 Celsius or above 40º Celsius or the relative humidity exceeds 85%.

Can you paint over Venetian plaster?

Yes, you can paint over the Venetian plaster walls. Though, our advice would be to not do it because of aesthetic reasons. Since Venetian plaster walls are a piece of classy art, applying paint over it feels like painting over a Van Gogh masterpiece.

How much is Venetian plaster?

Prices for Venetian plaster range between:
– Cost of labour : 25 GBP – 40 GBP per square meter
– Cost of material : 10 GBP – 20 GBP per square meter
– TOTAL costs : 40 GBP – 60 GBP per square meter

The price varies depending on the color code and the necessary materials for the surface to be covered (colored primer + Stucco Veneziano finish).

Where to buy Venetian plaster in Edinburgh?

Venetian plaster is not commonly used in Edinburgh. It is an exquisite and luxury painting and finishing of the interior walls. Stucco is imported from Italy, Spain or Eastern Europe.

If you want to get out of the routine of classic walls with paint or wallpaper, you can count on a Venetian stucco. It is an extremely interesting technique that falls into the category of luxury finishes and that offers you many attractive features. Even if such a finish of the walls will require a fairly large budget, the results will be amazing and will beautify your home and life.

If you wish to do Venetian Stucco plastering for your property renovation in Edinburgh, Alpha Business Contractors can get the needed materials for you. Also, Alpha Business Contractors can provide you high qualified craftsmen for the required labour. We are here to show you a different style of home renovation in Edinburgh.


Venetian Plaster – Decorate Your Edinburgh Home with Style

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