Venetian Plaster & Faux Treatments

Originating in ancient Italy, Venetian plaster—also called Italian plaster—gained prominence in the United States in the 1990s. During that time, it was a very costly finish to produce. Today, although it is still a labor-intensive process to install, the cost of the product has come down considerably. This makes it within reach of the average homeowner.

Venetian plaster is a unique finish that no paint technique can mimic; it produces a warmth and subtlety that is unmatched. This is partly due to the fact that Venetian plaster is hand-troweled on and then polished, creating a smooth, lustrous finish. When it is applied in thin layers, the ground up marble dust in the plaster creates translucency and gives the appearance of depth and “movement.” Viewed from different angles, Venetian plaster gives a glossy, mirror-like finish.

Today’s Venetian plasters offer durability and maintenance not seen in traditional Venetian plasters. In many cases, damage or blemishes on finished walls can be sanded, buffed, or replastered, without the need to re-do entire walls. Venetian plaster is also a very sustainable and healthful product, as it is nontoxic and emits zero VOCs (volatile organic compounds). It is also naturally mold and mildew-resistant.

Technique and style in Venetian plaster application is very important for rendering a high quality, professional finish. For this reason, it is important that the installer has years of experience. Too often, when an unqualified person applies the plaster, the results are unsatisfactory. Septembre Studio has been applying Venetian plaster in homes, offices, and businesses for over 20 years. You are guaranteed professional results when you hire us.