You have complete creative freedom when you work at home. You may feel paralyzed when choosing plaster finishes since there are many options for creating depth and dimension on your walls and ceilings.

While there are many different types of plaster finishes, all of which come in a variety of textures, it may be better to use a kind of plaster over another, depending on the purpose of the wall.

Plaster vs Drywall: Which Is Better?

Depending on the project, both are a good choices. 

Plaster wall treatments take a great deal of time and skill to install and are considered a more high-end option. Installing a plaster wall requires a lot of work, but it pays off when it comes to adding texture to walls. Due to its thickness, plaster is still superior to drywall in texture application and sound dampening, even though it is an older method.

Drywall is the newer and cheaper material of the two. In addition, it can also be installed more quickly and more efficiently than the former. Due to its thin texture, drywall is an easy material to insulate between a wall of a home and drywall. It does provide some sound dampening, but not enough to compensate for its thinness.

Types of Plaster Finishes:

Venetian Plaster

Due to the time-consuming and skill-required process of applying Venetian plaster, the job is typically reserved for master craftspeople. The finish resembles stucco or polished marble, as seen in old-world European architecture. Venetian in modern times has a multidimensional appearance with a textured, slightly raised surface created by two or more layers.


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Artisan Finish

Another throwback to older European-style wall coverings. Artisan finishes can be applied to drywall or wood to give the appearance of marble or stone. What makes these finishes unique is that the paint’s various shades and hues appear to change depending on the light that shines on the wall, highlighting different colors as the lighting changes. Decorative, rustic, and natural finishes are all options.

metallic paint
Metallic paint

Metallic paint

Metallic paint or glaze is the way to go if you want your walls to have a glistening appearance. When light hits the walls, they will glisten. Metallic paints were once dangerous and necessitated the use of solvents for cleanup, and were primarily used for car finishes. They are now available with water-based cleanup, making them safe and simple to use in the home.

Metallic plaster

Metallic plaster is thicker than metallic paint and is typically applied with a trowel rather than a roller. The plaster provides you with more design options and a wider color palette. It has a deep luster and a shimmering effect as if it were made of metal. The plaster is usually water-based, which makes cleanup a breeze.

Sandstone finish

Sandstone Finish

The sandy texture of this paint gives it a granular appearance. To the touch, the finish is slightly raised and gritty. This is one of the quickest, simplest, and most affordable textured finishes to apply. It’s applied in the same way as traditional paint and comes in a variety of colors.

Textured Sand

Painters used to add silica sand to their paint to give it texture; the tiny sand granules reflect light, giving the wall a three-dimensional appearance. Painters and DIYers can now purchase paint that already contains sand.

Brushed Suede

With this brushed-suede paint, you can give a room the elegant, sophisticated look of suede.

So, there you go.

The 8 best types of plaster faux finishes you and your wall need. No pressure, take all the time you need in choosing which plaster finish is to your liking.

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Even experienced contractors may find this type of work challenging and intimidate. Hire a wall professional. With years of experience, Dorwae Interiors can turn your dreams into reality. Feel free to contact us for a consultation.

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