A lot of homeowners nowadays have embraced the idea of using polished plasters to decorate their home interior. These plasters, which is also knows as Venetian plasters because of its origin, are being used not just for decorating walls but used for ceilings as well. They have gained popularity over the years because of its seamless and very smooth coating making the surfaces appear very sophisticated.
But not everyone is familiar with polished plasters. Some people even think that these just came out of the market and are just recently used in the field of interior decoration. As mentioned earlier, polished plasters are also known as Venetian plasters because they originated in Venice, Italy in as early as 1550’s. Writings say that many of the earliest plasters were made using goats’ milk, lime stone base, marble powder, chippings and sometimes, people even include blood in the mixture.
Venetian plasters were conceived because Venetian architects found that there was a need to finish the walls in their city with regards to making them look elegant like the cities built in the mainland. They have tried different techniques using various methods and materials until they came up with the plasters. The technique that they used then was to apply several layers of plaster to the walls and coming up with decorative effects using the last few layers. Their technique created a wonderful visual resembling that of an elegant stone or marble.
However, it has also been said that even before polished plasters were used in Italy, raw lime and limestone plasters were already being used way back into the years of Mesopotamia. Later on, the Romans also adopted the use of these plasters using different techniques.
In the 1800’s the use of Venetian plasters disappeared for a while but was just reintroduced to the world. There were a lot of changes that happened including the materials used to create the plasters. Before, lime and limestone are used but later on, polished plasters are already made with synthetic acrylic resins.
The polished plaster has really come a long way. From the times of Mesopotamia, Romans, and Venetians, polished plasters have made its way into the modern world. A lot of architects and designers opt to use these plasters in ceiling and wall decorations because of its durability and the ability to resist cracks. Companies have also begun producing plasters which can be applied using very simple techniques by anyone. Even you can do your own decoration; you can even save on labor costs.