Venetian Plaster
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Venetian Plaster

Venetian plaster has a long history; it was first used in Ancient Rome as a way to imitate natural stone surfaces inside palazzos, villas, and cathedrals. It was revived in the 16th century by the Italian architect Andrea Palladio when he used it in Venice’s palazzos. Venetian plaster – sometimes referred to as polished plaster, marble plaster, can create an old-world style or a contemporary design, can be worked to have a smooth, shiny, marble-like appearance or a rougher, stone look. This glossy, high-sheen finish is the most popular, and it is well-known for creating a striking and luxurious effect. Venetian plaster is a perfect alternative to marble where a surface is unsuitable for marble panel installation or where the cost of marble exceeds the budget.

What are the benefits of choosing Venetian plaster?

  • It is considered to be an environmentally friendly material, meaning that your choice helps the planet too! When we apply it to the surface, Venetian plaster is exposed to carbon dioxide in the air, which it then absorbs. This turns the lime in the plaster back into limestone, which means it hardens over time – stronger walls. In addition, the plaster is made of all-natural, non-toxic ingredients and can be used as an extra insulation layer. Once installed, Venetian plaster will easily last at least 400 years, meaning that it is an ecologically friendly long solution. 
  • This type of plaster is incredibly versatile. It can be applied to almost any surface and in any situation!
  • Another bonus with Venetian plaster is that it is excellent for regulating humidity. Perhaps surprisingly when considering its hardness, this material is exceptionally extremely breathable, and so it allows moisture to escape from the substrate, meaning your home will be less hot and humid. 
  • It has incredible durability since the plaster coating transforms into a rock-like substance once dried, and it actually hardens even more over time. Unlike similar alternatives, Venetian plaster is less prone to shrinking and cracking. 
  • Venetian plaster requires very little maintenance, meaning that you can be reassured that you will not be spending several hours a week cleaning with specialist products. All that is needed to keep your plaster looking sparkling is a damp cloth.
  • It is an odourless finish, meaning that you do not have to worry about a lingering smell after application in your new home. This is due to its all-natural materials (it is not chemically produced like paint). So, not only will you have a striking finish, but you will also benefit from the lack of that ‘fresh paint’ smell!
  • This material has crucial mould and mildew prevention qualities, meaning it acts as a natural fungicide. Due to its alkaline nature and, therefore, high pH level, you will not need to worry about any unsightly mould developing.

An authentic Italian polished marble effect that can add a touch of class to any room.

Environmentally friendly and cost-effective. A luxury addition to your home that has never been so easy and affordable.

Des CampbellDes Campbell
21:25 05 Apr 23
Kevin did a fantastic job transforming our kitchen, by micro cementing over black glossy tiles. I was really impressed with the finish and several months later the end result still looks like new. I got him back to spray paint a dressing table. Kevin is very jovial, considerate and tidy. He comes highly recommended.
Brett LawrenceBrett Lawrence
09:22 13 Dec 22
Kevin came to assist us with removing a broken integrated dishwasher that had been built in to the point that replacing it was incredibly difficult (local retailer had tried twice a failed!) due to the custom kitchen setup.After exploring a few options, it needed some cutting out but Kevin's methodical approach, meant that we've ended up not only with the unit removed but also a way around creating the same problem when we put the new one in...and can easily reinstate the woodwork so it looks like new again.After what was a genuinely stressful (dinner guests on christmas day with no dishwasher!!!) situation, we now have a solution that means we can get a replacement fitted in the next few days....and we're delighted!What I have to say is that Kevin reached out to me after posting a question on local social media and was incredibly helpful to do so....we were at our wits end and Kevin's solved it for us. A genuinely nice guy who got us out of a mess!Would definitely recommend him!
Sara-Jane ArcherSara-Jane Archer
15:39 12 Dec 22
Kevin was fantastic. He was very professional and amenable. Our old kitchen is completely transformed. There were no corners cut and it was kept tidy and safe throughout the process . We couldn’t recommend him highly enough.
Lisa SpenceLisa Spence
15:17 09 Dec 22
Kevin gave our fitted wardrobes and bedroom units a makeover last week and we are delighted with the results. Kevin was really friendly, really tidy and gave great advice when we were struggling with the exact shade of white, he gave us a recommendation, we love it and the finish is fantastic. We also asked him to paint a feature walk for us whilst he was here and he was more than accommodating and it looks perfect. Would highly recommend and will use in future. Thanks Kevin and sorry about all the annoying pets!
Anne GilpinAnne Gilpin
18:26 04 Nov 22
I needed a few small plastering jobs done in my living room. I had googled local services and Freeman Plastering came up. My experience was very positive from the outset, Kevin was polite, friendly, on time, did a fantastic job and in my opinion pretty reasonably priced. I would definitely recommend him.
Sean RuthSean Ruth
15:57 31 Oct 22
Great work and very happy with the job Kev did for us. Several rooms painted including spray painting kitchen cabinets and doors. An excellent job and it gave us the finish we wanted from the start. Great communication and engagement about our needs, reliable and communicative throughout. Left the house clean and tidy and was always willing to help. Will definitely be using this company again.
Cris AlderCris Alder
17:40 23 Sep 22
Professional, efficient, skilled, great attention to detail and a top bloke too! Can't recommend Kevin enough. He's decorated my entire house from top to bottom and resprayed my kitchen cabinets . Quality of his work and the finish is outstanding.

With so many colours to choose from, it can complement your existing furniture or create a whole new experience

Can you use Venetian plaster in a shower?

Although you can, we would not recommend it. We prefer to use Microcement for bathrooms and showers as the soapy water can remove the wax or metallic sealants and damage the plaster finish.

What are the different types of Venetian plaster?

There are numerous Venetian plaster types, but they mainly fall into three categories: Marmorino, Sgraffito, and Scagliola. Marmorino has been used since the times of Ancient Rome to create a matte, glossy, or satin effect finish. Sgraffito is a technique involving applying a thin film of one colour, and then scraping off in places to reveal another coloured later. Scagliola simulates the appearance of marble most closely. Whatever your wishes, just get in touch and we can find the option that suits you best.

Is Venetian plaster expensive?

Although Venetian plaster’s initial cost is higher than that of paint, choosing Venetian plaster is a long-term decision and should be seen as an investment. Once installed by professionals like ourselves, this plaster can easily last hundreds of years with little to no maintenance, meaning that the price becomes worth it very quickly. The quotes that we provide are honest and competitive, so please don’t hesitate to get in contact – we will be happy to help.

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