Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Natural Wall Finishes :: Tadelakt Lime Plaster


I am currently looking for a natural wall finish that I can use on a curved wall in a shower recess. Mosaics or small tiles would be one solution but I am looking for a more natural and traditional product that looks similar to polished plaster. 

One material that I am investigating at the moment is Tadelakt. 
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If you have ever been to Morocco you may have noticed the shiny plastered walls of palaces, hammams and bathrooms. These walls have been made with a traditional application of applying a lime plaster to the wall then polishing the wall by hand with a stone and finishing with an olive oil soap mixture for its final appearance and water resistance. This method gives you both a lovely natural appearance and a waterproof finish. 

Just think that this traditional finish goes way back to the days when glass and plastic showers were not available!
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Polishing the wall with a glass bead.
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It's a unique finish but the process is labour intensive and time consuming which may result in a higher price tag then just tiling a wall. Like any feature finish if this is the look that you after then it's worth the investment.

Also to note in Australia you may still need to waterproof your wet area before applying this plaster finish.

Have fun.

7 comments:

  1. It's a beautiful finish. I haven't been to Morocco but love the architecture, art and design - anything Middle Eastern really. Yes, it would be quite costly due to the manual labour involved and it's a shame you would still have to comply to industry standards by waterproofing first, like you say this method has been around well before chemicals and the like came onto the scene and am sure it is more than sufficient if done properly.

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  2. This is a stunning finish. Bauwerk in W.A have this product. It isn't cheap - from recollection around $300m2. It looks stunning though.

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  3. Wow, love these Lisa and I can't believe the hand polishing with glass. Thanks so much for sharing :-)

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  4. Was in Morocco a couple of years ago, and yes it's a lovely finish used all over. But it does require upkeep I believe. We are contemplating using somewhere in out muddie, but would be doing it ourselves. I love the soft warm feel it imbues the usually cold, tiled bathroom.

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  5. A luxury home equipped with Designer tiles can simply be the ultimate desire one could ever have, home is your personal space where we can add all the things that we like or wish to have benefits of. However, when it comes to interior designing, everyone has their own choice and preference for mosaics, designer tiles, stone & tiles, etc. Glass tile backsplash

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  6. Thanks for a such a nice idea.. The pics are awesome

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  7. Hi guys,
    Thank you so much for this wonderful article really!
    If someone want to know more about Lime Rendering I think this is the right place for you!

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Thanks for your thoughts. I read every comment and appreciate your feedback.
Have fun, Lisa

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