Venetian Plaster

The Different Finishes


Rugged appearance to create the appearance and feel of lightly polished limestone.


Rugged and grainy semi-polished plaster with striations of texture running through the surface to give the allure of natural stone.


Subtle stone-like effect which has a light open texture and a directional quality similar to that of natural travertine stone.

Custom finishes

Original and unique in order to create your desired finish

The art of Venitian plastering

The art of Venitian plastering dates back to the mid-1500’s. The origins of the term can be traced back to America, where it was used to explain the wide diversity of techniques and materials used in its creation.

Today, the skills used in the creation of Venetian plaster are much sought after and they are a dying art form in many areas of the painting and decorating industry.

A beautiful finish with depth & texture

It is a finishing technique that is created by combining thin layers of plaster applied to a surface with a spatula or trowel and then burnished. This in turn creates a smooth surface that emits the illusion of depth and texture.

It creates a beautiful finish that ranges from a glossy marble styling to a warm and worn look.

Not only breathable, but anti-mould

The primary ingredient used in the creation of the surfaces is surprisingly not plaster, but gypsum, sand and Slaked Lime, produced from calcium carbonate that is mined and heated. Lime is alkaline in nature and is not only breathable but anti-mould.

After priming the wall, the plasterer has to mix the plaster thoroughly.

The plaster is thinly spread across the surface

Once the technique and colour combination have been resolved, the plaster is thinly spread across the surface using long and short random strokes. The plaster is left to dry for four hours before applying a second coat.

Once the second coat has been stroked on all voids and recessed areas are filled, another 24 hours are needed before top coating or burnishing can begin.

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The use of Venetian plastering can be traced back to the 1500s, and the techniques used to achieve the luxurious sheen are highly sought after. There are only a few skilled craftsmen who can combine the traditional techniques and modern technology to provide a vintage finish that would give the look of royalty. The trained and experienced professionals of Natural Plastering have a penchant for creating the finest finish with Venetian plastering.

Why Choose Venetian Plaster?

For any homeowner, the interior is the place where they can flaunt their style, personalize it any way they want and gain praises by visitors. Venetian plaster finish allows you to do that, and more. With the inclusion of modern techniques with the traditional ways, Venetian plastering has expanded to cover many different looks, giving you more options to choose from and flaunt your very own personal style. You can even have our Venetian plastering specialists provide you a custom finish.

A gorgeous finish with the texture and depth to wow visitors

Venetian plastering involves the technique of applying thin layers of plaster onto a surface with a trowel or spatula and burnishing them. This process creates a smooth, glossy, marble-y texture that gives the illusion of depth. This look can be customized to a rustic, warm look or a luxurious glossy sheen.

Breathable and Anti-Mould

The Venetian plaster finish is breathable and prevents the accumulation of mould. This is because the main ingredients in the manufacture of this finish include gypsum, sand, and slaked lime, which is produced from mined and heated calcium carbonate. Lime is the ingredient which gives the plaster these qualities.

Easily Washable Satin Sheen

The top coat of the Venetian plaster finish is washable. The creation of this sheen involves great precision in handling. The professional would need to hold the spatula or trowel at a specific angle and apply short and long strokes, overlapping them to create a milky look when dried.

Burnished and Polished

Depending on your requirements, our Venetian plastering specialists will be able to provide you a more polished or rugged look. This can be done during the burnishing process.

Unique Luxurious Look

Venetian Plastering has been used in Italian palaces during the Renaissance to give a royal, elite touch to the interior design, and catch the eye of on-lookers. The trick to achieve this look is to apply the plaster correctly—which is a tricky task, and should be handled only by a professional in the industry.
1Washable Satin Sheen
The Venetian topcoat gives a satin sheen and is washable. The plasterer needs to hold the trowel at an angle of 60-90% and use long and short overlapping stroked, giving a milky appearance when dry – again, another 24 hours is needed once this has been applied.
2Burnished & Polished
The surface should be burnished within seven days. By using a 400 or 600 grit sandpaper, the surface has to be rubbed in a circular motion until the desired look is obtained. Finally, the surface has to be wiped with a damp cloth to remove any plaster dust. To get a more polished look, the plasterer may use the flat side of a clean steel trowel.
3Unique Luxury
When applied correctly, Venetian Plastering can add a touch of unique luxury to any home or workplace, and will stand out as an eye-catching ornamental feature in any room. Please view our gallery for examples of Venetian Plastering.
If you are interested in having a Venetian plaster finish for your home in London or surrounding areas, reach out to our experts. We will be happy to help you out!

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