Lime Plaster Wall Finishes

BREATHABLE  •  ECO FRIENDLY  •  HYPO-ALLERGENIC  •   MOLD RESISTANT  •  REGULATES HUMIDITY and TEMPERATURE

Timeless Beauty,
Sustainable
& Healthy

Lime plaster, in addition to its practical benefits, is valued for its aesthetic qualities and versatility. It can be applied in various textures and finishes, ranging from smooth and polished to rough and textured, making it suitable for a wide range of architectural styles and design preferences.

The combination of breathability, non-toxic composition, resistance to mold, and humidity regulation makes lime plaster a healthy and sustainable choice for home owners and developers.

AIR PURIFIER

Lime plaster is highly breathable, allowing moisture to pass through its porous structure. This helps regulate indoor humidity levels and prevents the buildup of moisture, which can lead to mold and mildew growth. By maintaining a healthy indoor environment, lime plaster contributes to better air quality and reduces the risk of respiratory issues.

ECO FRIENDLY

Lime plaster is composed of natural materials, primarily lime and water, making it non-toxic and safe for both inhabitants and the environment. Unlike some synthetic materials that may emit harmful chemicals or VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), lime plaster does not off-gas harmful substances, promoting a healthier living environment.

MOLD RESISTANT

Due to its breathable nature and alkaline pH, lime plaster discourages the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria. This is especially beneficial in damp environments or areas prone to moisture accumulation, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. By inhibiting microbial growth, lime plaster helps maintain a hygienic living space.

HUMIDITY REGULATOR

Lime plaster’s ability to absorb and release moisture helps regulate indoor humidity levels. In humid conditions, it can absorb excess moisture from the air, reducing the risk of condensation and associated problems like dampness and rot. Conversely, in dry conditions, lime plaster releases moisture back into the air, contributing to a more comfortable and balanced indoor environment.

Lime plaster is known for its durability and longevity, often outlasting synthetic alternatives like gypsum plaster or cement-based materials. Its ability to self-heal minor cracks and imperfections over time further enhances its lifespan, reducing the need for frequent maintenance and replacement.

What is lime plaster?

Lime plaster, also known simply as plaster, is a traditional building material that has been used for centuries. It is made primarily from lime, water, and sometimes other additives like sand or fibers. Lime plaster is applied to walls and ceilings as a coating, providing both protection and decoration to the underlying structure.

There are two main types of lime used in plaster: hydraulic lime and non-hydraulic lime. Hydraulic lime sets through a chemical reaction with water, making it suitable for use in damp environments or for exterior applications. Non-hydraulic lime sets through a process of carbonation, absorbing carbon dioxide from the air over time to harden.

Lime plaster has several advantages over modern materials like cement plaster or gypsum plaster. It is more breathable, allowing moisture to pass through, which can help regulate humidity and prevent problems like mold and mildew. Lime plaster also has a softer, more natural appearance and is more environmentally friendly than some other alternatives.

Application of Lime Plaster

Proper surface preparation is essential for successful lime plaster application using traditional techniques such as floating, troweling, or brushing.

The appropriate ratio of lime to aggregate (such as sand) and water, and any additives or pigments that may be incorporated into the plaster mixture to achieve specific finishes or colors, ensure the desired workability and adhesion properties of the plaster.

Lime plaster is typically applied in multiple coats, with each layer allowed to cure before the next one is applied. 

Regular maintenance, such as cleaning with a soft brush or damp cloth, can help preserve the appearance and integrity of lime plaster surfaces over time.

Limewash

Limewash is known for its chalky, nuanced texture finish. It is often used not only to add color but also to protect the wall beneath. It has microporous, alkaline properties that can deter mold and mildew growth. Limewash is made from crushed limestone that’s fired at high temperatures, mixed with water, and colored with natural pigments.

BENEFITS of LIME PLASTER

Explore Unique Benefits for Different Spaces 

KITCHEN

Breathability: Lime plaster’s breathable nature helps regulate humidity levels in the kitchen, where moisture levels can fluctuate due to cooking and washing activities. This helps prevent the buildup of mold and mildew, maintaining a healthier indoor environment.

Durability: Lime plaster is resilient to daily wear and tear, making it suitable for high-traffic areas like the kitchen. Its durable surface can withstand splashes, spills, and cleaning without easily showing signs of damage.

Aesthetic Appeal: Lime plaster can add a touch of elegance and sophistication to the kitchen, enhancing its visual appeal with its natural texture and subtle variations in color. It provides a timeless backdrop for both modern and traditional kitchen designs.

BATHROOM

Moisture Regulation: Lime plaster’s ability to absorb and release moisture helps regulate humidity levels in the bathroom, reducing the risk of condensation and mold growth on walls and ceilings.

Resistance to Mold: Lime plaster’s alkaline pH inhibits the growth of mold and mildew, making it an ideal choice for maintaining a hygienic and mold-free bathroom space.

Customization: Lime plaster can be applied in various finishes and colors, allowing for creative customization to suit the design aesthetic of the bathroom. Whether you prefer a sleek, modern look or a more rustic, textured finish, lime plaster offers versatile options.

BEDROOM

Healthy Indoor Environment: Lime plaster’s breathability helps regulate humidity levels in the bedroom, promoting better indoor air quality and a more comfortable sleeping environment.

Enhanced Relaxation: The natural texture and soothing appearance of lime plaster create a tranquil atmosphere in the bedroom, conducive to relaxation and restful sleep.

Timeless Elegance: Lime plaster adds a touch of timeless elegance to bedroom walls, elevating the overall aesthetic appeal of the space. Its soft, velvety finish creates a sense of warmth and intimacy, perfect for creating a cozy retreat.

LIVING ROOM

Breathable Walls: Lime plaster’s breathable properties help maintain balanced humidity levels in the living room, creating a comfortable and healthy indoor environment for relaxation and socializing.

Visual Interest: Lime plaster’s natural texture and subtle variations in color add visual interest to living room walls, creating a sense of depth and dimension that enhances the overall ambiance of the space.

Versatility: Lime plaster can be applied in various finishes and colors, allowing for customized designs that reflect the homeowner’s personal style and design preferences. 

FIREPLACE

Heat Resistance: Lime plaster is naturally heat-resistant, making it suitable for application around fireplaces. It can withstand high temperatures without cracking or deteriorating, providing a durable and aesthetically pleasing finish.

Timeless Charm: Lime plaster adds a touch of timeless charm and elegance to fireplace surrounds, complementing the warmth and coziness of the hearth. Its natural texture and subtle variations in color create a captivating focal point in any room.

Custom Finishes: Lime plaster can be customized to achieve various finishes, from smooth and polished to rough and textured. This allows homeowners to tailor the look of their fireplace to suit their personal style and design choices.

The Enduring Beauty, Versatility and Sustainability of Lime Plaster

“Lime plaster is a timeless material that brings warmth and character to any space. Its natural texture and subtle variations in color create a sense of authenticity and craftsmanship that is hard to replicate with modern materials.”
~ Sarah Johnson, Interior Designer

“Working with lime plaster allows us to connect with the rich history of building traditions while embracing sustainable and environmentally friendly practices. Its breathability and versatility make it an ideal choice for both historic restoration projects and contemporary design.”
~ Michael Smith, Architect

“Lime plaster offers a level of depth and sophistication that is unmatched by other wall finishes. Its matte finish and ability to reflect light subtly enhance the ambiance of a room, creating a sense of tranquility and serenity.”
~ Emily Chen, Interior Designer

“Lime plaster is more than just a building material; it’s a form of expression. Its versatility allows us to create unique and personalized finishes that reflect the personality and style of our clients, whether they prefer sleek and contemporary or rustic and traditional style.”
~ Jessica Lee, Interior Designer

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Lime plaster finishes in one’s home contribute to a healthier and more harmonious living environment by improving indoor air quality, reducing allergens, creating comfortable living spaces, enhancing mental well-being, and supporting sustainable living.

Designers appreciate the aesthetic features of lime plaster for their versatility, texture, and timeless appeal.

TEXTURE

Lime plaster can be applied in a variety of finishes, from smooth and polished to rough and textured. Designers can choose the desired finish to achieve different visual effects and suit various architectural styles. Smooth finishes provide a sleek, contemporary look, while textured finishes add rustic charm and authenticity.

DIMENSION

Lime plaster has the ability to create depth and dimension on walls and ceilings, especially when applied with techniques like troweling, sponging, or stippling. These techniques can produce subtle variations in color and texture, adding visual interest and sophistication to interior surfaces.

COLORS

Lime plaster offers a wide range of color options, from soft neutrals to vibrant hues, depending on the type of lime used and any pigments added. Designers can customize the color of lime plaster to complement the overall color scheme of a space, creating harmonious and cohesive interiors.

MATTE FINISH

Lime plaster typically dries to a matte finish, which contributes to its understated elegance and timeless appeal. Unlike glossy finishes, matte surfaces minimize glare and reflections, creating a more relaxed and inviting atmosphere in residential and commercial environments.

LIME PLASTER SAMPLES – click on an image to enlarge