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  1. The many misconceptions of Polished Plaster

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    The many misconceptions of polished plaster

    Polished Plaster is often misconceived and mistaken by its benefits and uses. Lots of people have some thoughts about it that aren’t true and we wanted to clear things up in this blog. Here are some false statements about Polished Plaster and why they aren’t true.

    “Polished Plaster is too expensive”

    The truth behind this statement is that Venetian Plaster is more expensive than a painted finish, but unlike where paint needs to be re-applied every couple of years, the Venetian Plaster is a lifelong finish. The material comes with the benefit that it is naturally resistant to mould and very strong meaning it is unlikely to crack like a normal concrete.

    Polished Plaster is ‘tacky’

    We have read and heard that some people find Polished Plaster to be ‘tacky’ and unkempt. At applicArt, we stock 18 products that are all different to each other. They all have unique looks and textures that can be used in all areas of a house or commercial building’s, such as restaurants, bars, office space and even swimming pools. Some of our modern styles are below.

    Polished Plaster can’t be used in wet areas

    With some of our Polished Plaster products like Stucco Veneziano, this statement is true. The most popular product used in wet areas is micro cement, which technically isn’t a polished plaster, however, materials such as Marmorino Venezia Travertino, Marmorino Venezia and Marmorino Naturale can all be used in wet areas like showers, spas and pools. Micro Cement, Marmorino, Metallique and Micro Oxide can be used in wet areas like showers, spas and pools.

    Can I apply Polished Plaster myself?

    This can be true but just with all things if you want the job done right you hire a professional. Applying Polished Plaster is a technical process and takes a lot of skill to get a great finish. Especially with some of our textured and veined products, mastering the art of handling the trowel is a task in itself! If Polished Plaster interests you and you would like to learn how to master the trade, we have a training course that can help you. You can find out this here.

    Polished Plaster is only for walls

    This is a common misconception as people don’t think that Polished Plaster is strong enough for floors. Products from the Marmorino range have worked great on floors in various areas; including wet rooms, pool areas and kitchens. Another material greatly used on floors is micro cement. Micro Cement has also been tested in high traffic areas where it performs very well.

    The styles are limited with Polished Plaster

    Polished Plaster has been around for hundreds of years and people still think that there is only one style. At applicArt, we have 18 different products all with unique colours, textures and benefits. The range you have with polished plaster is endless, with the ability to imitate concrete or even rusted metal.

    So now you know the truth behind Polished Plaster and some of its great benefits. If you would like some more information on how our products can be used, have a look at our projects section.

  2. What different finishes can I achieve with Polished Plaster?

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    A question we get a lot at applicArt is ‘What finish does this give?’ A lot of our plasters have a textured finish and this is the feature that really grabs some of our customers. To help you out we have put this blog together to list some of the finishes that can be achieved with our products.

    Picking the right texture for the room you are decorating is important, along with the colours and other features you have, will also affect your choice.

    We have summarised some of our popular products below, detailing their finish.

     

    Authentic Veined Stucco Veneziano

    Authentic Veined Stucco Veneziano

    As you can see from the image, the veined technique gives off a very traditional look. The technique is created by hand drawing stands of pigment through the plaster mix. The mix is then trowelled on in layers, randomly being cut back to achieve the visibility of the veins. The best examples we have seen of this effect is in kitchens and bathrooms where the marbled look fits right in.

    Cara De La Rocca

    Cara De La Rocca

    On the other end of the spectrum to Stucco Veneziano, Cara De La Rocca has a rough textured finish that can look great as a feature wall in a room making anything stand out. As you can see from the images above it gives off a glittery effect that gives a contrast to the rough natural look. As well as the looks Cara De La Rocca is very good in wet areas like spas and around pools.

    DeCòrten Rust

    DeCòrten Rust

    As you can probably guess from the name DeCòrten Rust gives the look of rusted metal. This is created using metallic paint which lasts a lot longer than the real thing in both interiors and exteriors. DeCòrten suits both modern and traditional styles, by means of a unique finish that reproduces an authentic look.

    Easyfloor Micro Cement

    One of our most versatile products, Easyfloor can produce various finishes. It is highly durable and is available in any colour you can think of in gloss, matt or satin. Special trowels are used to get the textured effect, and due to its durability and water-resistant properties, it is a favourite in wet rooms, steam rooms, saunas and even swimming pools.

    So not only do our products look great, they also work well in different internal and exterior spaces. If you would like to get some more information on our products or check out case studies on the products, you are interested in please visit our products section.

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  3. applicArt’s Summer Design Inspiration

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    applicArts summer design inspirations

    Summer is a great time to rethink about how you can change the look of your interiors. At applicArt, we are always thinking about different ways to stay on trend and up to date. That’s why we are here to help by giving you some of our summer inspiration using our most popular products. You might find it quite amazing what you can do with Polished Plaster.

    Bathroom/ Wetroom

    Polished Plaster has been used in bathrooms for quite a while on floors and walls, however, we are starting to see more creativity and this being incorporated into the design of the actual furniture.

    Img from mikewye.co.uk

    Besides the great natural look, using Polished Plaster has many benefits over alternatives including its waterproofing, antibacterial, and environmentally friendly nature. It can also be used on difficult surfaces due to its flexibility. These all come in useful within a bathroom.

    Img from MARGOT HOUSE BARCELONA by petite passport

    The shower area above shows all of these great features of Polished Plaster. The flowing lines are a great look. You create a great natural feel, within a room full of modern amenities. The shelving parts of the wall make the room look solid and high quality. This look can be easily created by using applicArts Micro Cement or Marmorino Naturale application.

    Living areas

    Img from rupertbevan.com

    As Polished Plaster becomes more popular, how it is applied will continually evolve. We love this use of geometric shapes to create a tiled look. As well as looking great in this living area, we also think it would look great in both kitchens and bathrooms.

    Img from Decorex.com

    Another new style is having two contrasting Polished Plaster effects alongside each other. Whether this be used in stripes or different sections it can give off a unique contemporary look. We love the example above used in a hallway, and it looks great with the shine on the flooring. You can get both of these looks from Stucco Da Vinci or Stucco Antico Polished Plaster

    Kitchen

    Img from thesefourwallsblog.com

    One of the best places to use Polished Plaster is in the kitchen as you can make use of all of its benefits. We love it in these kitchen splash backs as they not only look great but are also very easy to clean like a tile. Being a well-used area you also have the added extra of it being easy to repair if you ever get any problems not having to replace large sections of a wall/floor.

     

    Img from Custommade.com

    Now to our favourite example. We have seen and taken inspiration from this fabulous kitchen worktop, which looks fantastic with the rustic wood compliments. We see Polished Plaster used a lot with darker wood colours as it gives a modern/natural look. This effect can be achieved with our Marmorino Pasta Media application or Micro Cement.

    If you have taken any inspiration from this blog, get in touch now to find out how we can help transform your home this summer. Alternatively, if you just want to get a better idea of our work why not arrange a visit to one of our showrooms.

     

    Image Sources

    mikewye.co.uk

    (MARGOT HOUSE BARCELONA by petite passport)

    rupertbevan.com

    Decorex.com

    Thesefourwallsblog.com

    Custommade.com

  4. Why choose Venetian Polished Plaster?

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    If you are unfamiliar with polished plaster, it’s a durable, versatile way of re-designing your home for a relatively low cost. There are many options you can go for when thinking about interior redesigns but for the price, quality and overall aesthetics polished plaster comes on top.

    So what are the benefits of polished plaster?

    Venetian polished plaster has been around for many years and it always looks great. Although it is different to a painted finish, Venetian plaster is a smooth surface making it easy to modify. With little preparation you can easily make a touch-up or give a room a facelift, to retain a fresh appearance in your home.

    Unlike painted materials, Venetian polished plaster can be safely used on tiles, wood, bricks, cement boards and drywall its all down to the quality of the substrate. It is also the easiest wall treatment to use on difficult obstacles like archways and edges. This makes it a great material to use in feature rooms, kitchens and pool rooms.

    The way it looks

    At applicArt we have 17 different types of polished plaster, all coming in various colours, shades and textures. Polished plaster looks amazing and gives the effect of a high priced, luxury wall or floor.

    To go along with all of the features and great aesthetics, Venetian plaster is environmentally friendly. All of the ingredients are natural and non-toxic. The lime that is in the mixture has a naturally high PH value, this means it acts as an antibacterial surface, which hinders the chance of fungus or mould making polished plaster walls great for kitchens, bathrooms and pool/spa areas.

    Polished plaster examples

    We have some more great examples on our gallery and products page.

    At applicArt our artisan international applicators have been creating bespoke wall finishes since for many years, using the highest quality tools and marble polished plaster products possible. We pride ourselves in perfection and it shows in our great work.

    If you want to know more about our Venetian polished plaster or would like to enquire on price and availability you can contact our customer service team today.