Troweled plaster finishes and rough wall textures are making a comeback. They can be left in their raw state or painted to feature subtle differences in hue. I love layered plaster walls because they feel like you’re stepping into the vestibule of an art gallery, or ducking into a neighborhood cafe in Europe. There are different types of plaster one can work with: clay, lime, and gypsum. For a a more detailed explanation on the differences, see this article at Remodelista.
Many of us are old enough to recall the faux Tuscan wall craze from the 1990s. I think we’ve created enough distance from that era and can again declare rough textured interior walls are actually very cool, when done right. Anything that mimics the imperfection of plaster walls that have aged over time, whether real or faux, can look good in the proper space. It’s really about creating a mood: urban loft, café chic, or old world ambiance.
With this treatment, the wall itself becomes the art. There isn’t much need to cover it with anything more than light fixtures, small shelves, or petite paintings. Below are a few different looks to inspire, perhaps one of your spaces is calling out for a rough textured wall like these. You can choose a wall mural to mimic the look, or actually alter the surface of the wall, it’s up to you.
diy plaster wall by along for it all
earthtone brushstrokes – ikea catalogue
montréal cafe via chez nunez
paris restaurant via vogue
Tanya Vacarda – weathered texture on canvas with plaster.
neutral plaster – image source
two tone gypsum plaster via remodelista
This Old House has a technique for mimicking the look of rough plaster by using paint and cardboard. I’d be inclined to mix in some flour to get a more matte raised texture look like I did with these earthenware look vases. If you give it a try, let me know how it goes!