“Lime plaster is as old as time—think Roman and earlier—and perfect for our time,” says Domingue Architectural Finishes, a Houston-based company started by Eddy Dankers (a master painter and Axel Vervoodt’s plasterer), color expert Eve Ashcraft, and Ruth Gay, owner of antiques house Chateau Domingue. The company’s speciality—lime plasters and washes (depending on the amount of water added), made in northern Italy—has long been used to add depth and character to walls with relative ease. (For more on the matter, see Remodeling 101: Everything You Need to Know About Limewash Paint and DIY Project: Limewashed Walls for Modern Times.)
But lime plasters and washes can add character almost anywhere—well beyond plain walls. “It’s a material that is not only natural and beautiful but incredibly flexible,” the Domingue team advises. Here are seven ways to add intrigue elsewhere.
Photography courtesy of Domingue Architectural Finishes.
1. Instantly upgrade stairs.
2. Or, think small.
3. Apply over brick.
4. Apply over stone.
5. Play with texture.
6. Or, for a lighter effect, try limewash.
7. Take it outside.
For more expert color insight from Remodelista favorite Eve Ashcraft, see Gio Ponti–Inspired Color Palette from Eve Ashcraft and Expert Advice: Eve Ashcraft’s Indigo Palette.
And for more on limewash and plaster: