Interior Design Inspiration: Plaster Walls

Chateau Domingue showroom with reclaimed stone floors, fireplace, and steel doors

If you love plaster walls, you’re in for SERIOUS EYE CANDY in LOVELYLAND today! But please. Don’t for a minute think I have expertise about this Old World design element. I’m a trained psychotherapist, not an architectural plaster master! As a designfreak, I do know this: once you have lived with plaster or worked with the medium, in all likelihood, you’ll be hooked.

It is of the earth. Ethereal. Sculptural. Timelessly and impossibly elegant.

Even though Venetian plaster has been around for centuries, it’s interesting how it fell from favor for decades. The other day, Houston-based Chateau Domingue got in touch to enlighten me about the launch of  Domingue Architectural Finishes… what they are offering is destined to make interior designers and lovers of European elegance deliriously happy. And of course, my friend and author Leslie Sinclair of Segreto Finishes knows her way around lovely finishes as her firm has even begun fabricating plaster countertops! I frequently post about Patina Farm, so you may recall how Steve and Brooke Giannetti applied a thin coat of plaster over drywall in their Ojai modern farmhouse.

Because it’s a natural material, there’s a depth and warmth plaster exudes which nurtures the soul. Does that ring overly dramatic? I don’t care. It does.

Our first home, a 1920’s bungalow near Chicago, had fabulous plaster walls, and we were these young naive kids who just had no true appreciation for them or a clue as to how to live with them. In some rooms, there were 6 layers of wallpaper over the plaster. What I wouldn’t give now to partially strip them and leave the walls in an excavated, blissfully déshabillé state! (The plaster walls that weren’t papered were wildly imperfect, beautiful, and full of wonky imperfect character…so many sweet memories were made within them before a Mcmansion replaced it when we moved away.

Enough reminscing…onward with plaster beauty. Meet me at the finish line and let me know your thoughts about this design element.

Chateau Domingue - Ruth Gay's home with antique stone fireplace

Interior Design Inspiration: Plaster Walls; Chateau Domgingue – Photography: Terry Vine

Chateau Domingue - Ruth Gay's exquisite home with reclaimed antique stone floors and treasures

Interior Design Inspiration: Plaster Walls; Chateau Domingue – Photography: Daniela Herring

Leigh Herzig Spec House West Hollywood

See this Leigh Herzig spec home here…Sculptural winding stair and arched doorway with walls and ceilings clad in Stuc Italien, a Venetian stucco from Terre du Monde via Remodelista

Tadelakt bath at Villa Fabrica‘s Milos House, a Santorini vacation rental by architect Yannis Kaklamanis

Interior Design Inspiration: Plaster Walls; via Remodelista

Tadelakt kitchen wall in Leigh Herzig spec house West Hollywood, photo: Laure Joliet

See Leigh Herzig’s Spec House Kitchen here; photo via Remodelista

Nest & Cot Interiors! Plaster and cabinets by Segreto

Interior Design Inspiration: Plaster Walls; Nest & Cot Interiors and Segreto Finishes

Exquisite French Country kitchen with antiques, plaster, and design - Segreto Finishes

Interior Design Inspiration: Plaster Walls; via Segreto Finishes – see more of this kitchen!

Segreto's new plaster Countertops - on Hello Lovely Studio

Interior Design Inspiration: Plaster Walls; via Segreto Finishes

Vintage inspired rustic boho kitchen with white terracotta tiles and plaster by Zio & Sons in Hudson, NY

Interior Design Inspiration: Plaster Walls; Zio & Sons via Remodelista (See more of this home here!)

Did you enjoy this trip to plaster heaven?

Peace to you right where you are.

~michele

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10 Comments

  1. Susan
    November 11, 2017 / 3:42 am

    Good morning from the UK Michele. Absolutely fabulous post. Being unable to afford to hire a plasterer I plastered my kitchen and utility rooms myself, arching the doorway between. It wasn’t perfect but I loved it. I received many compliments from visitors ‘it’s very Mediterranean’ and from a builder who admired the work and asked ‘how did you get this finish?’ !

    • November 11, 2017 / 5:49 pm

      Hey Susan! Thanks for adding to the beauty and sharing your DIY which sounds beautiful! I love the idea of creating an arch with plaster! Plastering some ceilings here wasn’t the easiest DIY, but it was fun! I had no time to take pics or create a tutorial because as you know, it’s a muddy task! 🙂

  2. November 11, 2017 / 5:04 am

    Once again you have taken us on a journey of appreciation for the most gorgeous design elements. Plaster walls have such old world warmth and I especially love how they co-exist with modern/minimal interiors. Absolutely stunning!!

    • November 11, 2017 / 5:46 pm

      Hi Joan! They do look amazing with minimal modern design, don’t they? And they work equally well with Old World rooms full of French antiques. xox

  3. Mary
    November 11, 2017 / 6:17 am

    Just beautiful! But I wonder about having plater walls in a shower like one of your pictures indicated.
    I wonder how it’s cleaned & free of soap scum.

    • November 11, 2017 / 5:45 pm

      I recall Brooke Giannetti discussing this a few years back on her Velvet and Linen blog, and they have been using pool plaster in showers with success. I suppose if you can plaster a pool bottom, a shower is no problem. 🙂

  4. Claire
    November 11, 2017 / 6:26 am

    Beautiful post as always! I need a “plastering for dummies ” tutorial. It could be the answer to my boring walls.

  5. Susan Crowson
    November 11, 2017 / 6:30 am

    Beautiful post as always! I need a tutorial on “plastering for dummies.” That just might be the answer for my boring walls.

    • November 11, 2017 / 5:42 pm

      Great idea, and I can attest that DIY plastering is possible! I did our kitchen and dining room ceilings. 🙂

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