4 Venetian Plaster Paint Techniques 4 Venetian Plaster Paint Techniques

Applying Venetian plaster effectively to walls is only part of the process of getting them to look good and getting the Venetian plaster paint right is just as important.

Venetian style plaster can make a room attractive and give it a warm, exotic, time worn feel. The walls of old Italian houses feature a certain ambiance when they have dated venetian plaster. This can be brought to your own home easily too.

While it’s easy to decide that you want to feature this attractive style in your home, accomplishing everything yourself can be a fairly large undertaking. It’s certainly one that many people relish, however, more and more people are rising to the challenge.

Once your Venetian plaster is on the walls, you’re going to need to think carefully about paint and the way you apply it. Painting on Venetian plaster requires thought and delicacy. A good plaster finish can be spoiled with the application of too much paint or the wrong method of painting.

Painting on Venetian plaster provides you with an opportunity to make your walls really special, and there are a few techniques you should think about when you reach that stage.

1 – Think Light and Shade

An excellent technique for painting Venetian plaster involves making the walls lighter at the top than at the bottom. A good way of achieving this effect is to have three colors on the same paint tray. Pour the lighter paint at the top, a mid color and then the darkest color at the bottom. Work from the top of the wall down, allowing a wonderful ‘sunset’ effect to appear on the wall. You’ll find that it looks surprisingly effective if you do it right, and will really add to your rustic Venetian feel.  

2 – Use a Stencil

While designs applied using a stencil might not suit every Venetian wall, they can certainly add a wonderful touch if done well and subtly. Think about how you want your finished walls to look, and bear in mind that the option of featuring designs applied using a stencil is open to you. If you decide to go for a design, you can either buy or make the stencils yourself. Stencil designs are best added to the actual plaster, and painted on in the same way as the rest of the walls. Don’t be afraid to try something different.

3 – Add a Glaze

Adding a glaze to the paint when it’s been applied is a great way of achieving a dramatic finish. This will allow you to polish the walls to perfection, giving them a terrific shine.

4 – Think Autumnal Colors

While pastel shades might be best for that realistic Venetian patina you desire, autumnal colors can give a beautiful effect too. Think warm reds, burnt oranges and sunny yellows for an all together warming and vibrant effect. Apply with a suitable brush to create the feel of an autumnal scene, with darker shades at the base of walls and leafy effects on the well-worked plaster. Work slowly to build up the shades and enjoy creating something really stunning.

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