Decorative Wall Finishes

How Decorative Wall Finishes Can Add Luxury to Your Home

Wall’s don’t have to be covered in flat, boring paint.There are many creative ways to add texture and interest to your wall decor - some of which have been around since ancient times! Consider using one of these decorative wall finishes.

Lime Paints and Washes

decorative wall finishes lime paintLime washes are an eco-friendly paint alternative that has been around since the ancient Romans. It is composed of natural substances, with no toxic chemicals or additives.

Quite simply, it is composed of limestone: rock with high levels of calcium and magnesium carbonate.

The crushed limestone is mixed with water, aged, then thinned with more water. Without any added pigmentation, this paint is a white-ish colour - but natural pigments can easily be added to create a different wash effect.

Lime washes are mottled and matte, and create a striking chalky, shadowy texture. But it isn’t just a gorgeous effect: the high pH levels of the wash give it anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties.


decorative wall finishes patinaPaint can be used to create a faux aged look - like the delicate coppering of ancient buildings, or the fading of an old parchment document. The simplest way to achieve this look is to apply a darker colour atop an existing lighter colour: the dark colour is rubbed on with a rag or sponge, allowed to dry marginally, then rubbed off before completely dry. This is repeated in small sections, until the light surface has been covered in a layer of the darker colour.

Using turquoise, aqua and greenish colours atop metallic bronzes and golds will mimic the authentic patina look of antiquated copper buildings.



decorative wall finishes frescoFresco is a technique that was favoured during the Italian Renaissance, by such great artists as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Pigment is mixed with water, and applied to freshly-laid lime based plaster. As the plaster dries, it absorbs the pigment, and the paint becomes an integral part of the surface. The plaster must be applied and painted in sections, because it dries quickly: every paint stroke is permanent.

Frescos offer a richly textured, historical feel to a wall surface.


decorative wall finishes TadelaktThe Moroccan technique of tadelakt is a plaster finishing technique used on earthen structured to seal out water. Lime plaster is mixed with lime sand and water, and the solution is applied in layers to the surface. As it dries, it is compressed and polished with a trowel, and burnished with smooth stone. To create a glossy, water-repellant cover, the dried plaster is then sealed with black olive oil soap.

The shining buildings of Morocco are testament to the unique beauty of this technique.

Using these techniques can add historical, textural interest to your house - but they can be difficult to apply. Enlisting the help of an expert, such as Helios Nadal of DecoPF, will ensure that your lime-based paint and plaster are applied correctly. Mr. Nadal, originally trained in Bordeaux, France, has been using traditional lime techniques for over 30 years, and has completed projects across North America. We highly recommend his expertise.


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