Polished plasters are durable and enduring, suitable for both traditional and contemporary interiors. We use only the finest plasters imported from Venice. We have a wide range of products each with various application methods, techniques and in a vast array of colours. We can use multiple products in multiple colours on the same wall to create truly bespoke and unique finishes. The possibilities and combinations are endless, we have colour charts and samples on display in the studio as well as feature walls for you to admire.
It can be confusing when talking about polished plaster, sometimes it is referred to as Venetian , Polished or Marble plaster. They are all the same, the plaster originally came from Venice and one of the ingredients is crushed marble (marble flour), when working with the product it is sometimes troweled intensively to a high shine (known as ‘burnishing’) and then it is waxed and polished by hand or machine. This explains the terms, Venetian plaster, Polished plaster and Marble plaster.
At Stucco & Stucco we specialise in bespoke finishes, the client or designer generally gives us a brief including a picture of something they have seen. We then create a sample that fits the brief, usually using Marmorino, Stucco and Grassello. We have a choice of waxes that we can use, some have bronze or gold tints. We have waxes and protectors we can use and apply these products in wet rooms and in showers. Polished plaster in bathrooms means ‘no grout’! It is also a refreshing alternative to tiling.
The products we use are suitable for high traffic areas, we have created many feature walls in shopping centres and restaurants. Polished plaster is good at reflecting light making it useful in areas of the home that may be dark. It is great on staircases and doesn’t mark easily making it an ideal solution in homes that have small children.
Venetian plaster is not widely known and rarely seen in the Uk, however it is becoming increasingly used by interior designers and architects because of its many benefits. It isn’t a new product that has just been invented, Venetian plaster was first written about in “De Architectura” by Vitruvius the Great Roman Architect, in the 1st Century B.C.
It can be said that Venetian Plaster fulfills the requirements of the Vitruvian virtues or the Vitruvian Triad of firmitas, utilitas, venustas – that is, it must be solid, useful, beautiful.