Home renovation is an act of creativity in the truest sense of the word. There is nothing better than the realization of the creation of space around you. When we design something and then bring it to life, then the reality itself becomes wholly different. But if you have completed the main work in the house and only fine finishing remains, then the question arises: what is best – wallpapering or decorative plaster? If you carefully analyse the experience of using the first and second options, then the plaster definitely wins.
- if the wall surface is damaged, you can easily buy the right material and repair the desired area;
- the surface of the wall does not swell from moisture and does not need to be updated every two to three years. This is especially true for regions of the UK with high humidity;
- as practice shows, the price-quality ratio speaks in favour of decorative plaster, since even the best and most expensive wallpapers have their own service life, and plaster can be updated as needed, while spending a minimum number of resources. The fact is that when peeling off the wallpaper, you have to clean the entire surface. And in some cases, due to the ingress of moisture into the gaps formed, the wall begins to collapse and requires restoration;
- plaster is easy to clean, while not being afraid of accidental damage;
- if there are animals in the house or flat, then they do not scratch the plaster. Wallpaper is more vulnerable in this case.
Types of plaster:
- Venetian plaster can imitate natural stones, such as marble, skilfully and accurately conveying the natural depth and texture of the stone. The composition of the plaster includes fine stone dust from malachite, onyx, marble, quartz, lime, acrylic and pigment. The plaster is sold as a dry mix. Ready plaster is easy to clean with warm water and soap.
- Silk or Japanese plaster consists of cotton hyphae, silk, mineral and cellulose fibres, mica, and minerals. It is bought in the form of dry mixes, to which colouring pigments and water are added. For the first time, mixtures were brought from Japan, hence the name “Japanese”.
- Mosaic plaster contains mineral fillers in the form of small coloured pebbles, which, when applied with a spatula, form various patterns on the plaster. It is flexible due to the resin bonding material and resistant to damage. Indoors, it is best suited for decorating walls in kitchens and bathrooms because it pairs well with ceramic and granite tiles. But more often it is decorated with facades.
- Flock plaster (translated from German “flock” – snowflakes, flakes). Builders call flocks “chips”. This is an unusual material based on acrylic paint for wall decoration, which includes several components, including an acrylic base that dries slowly; flock, which is applied to a wet base; satin or acrylic matt lacquer to protect the surface.
- Structural plaster, which is also called “textured” has a heterogeneous and granular mass. The mixture is based on synthetic latexes, minerals – a cement-lime base – or potassium silicate, which are supplemented with granules of small pebbles, pieces of mica, wood fibre, quartz. The water-based mixture is applied to freshly prepared plaster with a spatula, brush, roller, brush.
Another important advantage of decorative plaster is the possibility of a more flexible conceptual approach to the design project. The interior, in this case, looks more organic. For example, in the “Country” style, a smooth transition from wooden beams to an imitation of a stone wall. Or: “loft” brickwork turns into a flat wall, creating an atmosphere of an abandoned factory or factory. The texture of the visualization of space very well expands, narrows and creates all sorts of accents. In some cases, you can find whole paintings that set the concept of the interior.
But, whatever your specific choice, only one thing can be stated: happy is the one who creates his own reality himself! But it all depends on imagination and taste.