Decorative plaster is mired in myths. Spectacular, practical and affordable material overgrown with stupid stereotypes. And all from ignorance.
Let’s fight: here are the answers to the most pressing 5 questions about the “decoratives” on the walls.
1. Decorative plaster – not for any interior?
For anyone. It is not necessary to live in a castle with gilding on every column or even in spacious apartments. Decorative plaster is also appropriate in small apartments with a modern interior.
Scandinavian style, loft, contemporary, Provence, eco – decorative plaster will just emphasize these styles, make them affordable and realizable.
It is plaster that imitates concrete, brickwork, artistically cracked paint on the wall – and it will often be easier to recreate these surfaces with plaster than, for example, making a wall from real concrete.
The fact is that in our country, decorative plasters became popular in the 90s and have since been associated with the concept of “European-style renovation” and “rich”. Venetian and Moroccan plasters really look great in classic and historic interiors, but they are no less spectacular in our “ordinary” houses!
2. Is it very difficult to apply decorative plaster?
You can too. Without a master. It turns out that most decorative plasters can be applied with your own hands. If you can fix a faucet and paint a door, you can handle plaster too. Read the instructions, watch the video on the official website of the manufacturer of a particular plaster, and everything will work out.
Of course, among the decorative plasters of even one brand there are those that are recommended exclusively for professional application, but there are also for “home craftsmen”. How to distinguish? Look for “DIY” or the equivalent “Easy to Apply” in the product description or on the can.
There are some materials that endure up to several alterations until they harden. Well, almost any decorative coating can be restored after drying, or if a piece is chipped.
3. Is decorative plaster expensive?
Available. It only at first glance seems that a “square” of decorative plaster costs significantly more than a “square” of wall painting. Don’t believe?
Before painting, you will have to prepare an ideal base, which means that you will need a good finishing plaster, and this will also affect the cost of work. Before painting, the wall needs to be primed – we add the cost of the primer. For an even color, the paint must be applied in 2-3 layers, and if you repaint the wall from, for example, green to red, then even more layers will be needed. And even after all these costs, it turns out that most plasters stay on the wall longer than paint, which means that the cost of painting needs to be doubled or tripled!
In general, we advise you to monitor the prices of decorative plasters: today the prices of leading Italian brands are more than acceptable.
4. Decorative plaster – only for rooms?
For any premises. And even for the street! Again, the old myth says that supposedly “decoratives” are afraid of moisture, they are easily torn off, and there is no question of applying “marbled” plaster on the facade of the house!
In the line of a self-respecting brand of decorative coatings, you will find not only moisture-resistant, but also waterproof plasters.
Need more durability? Please: choose how to decorate the corridors, the walls of the office or stairwells and even the floors. There are plasters for the street, there are for the walls of kitchens, pools and bathrooms.
5. Decorative plaster – is it safe for health?
Yes, absolutely safe. Moreover, there are separate ultra-safe coatings. For example, washable photocatalytic hygiene paint. It has bactericidal properties against pathogens of allergic substances, neutralizes odors, resists mold and fungi, and has environmental properties.
When the paint is approved by the European certificate for use in sterile operating rooms of hospitals, it will definitely not bring harm to your child’s nursery.