Venetian stucco: what it is and how to use it

Venetian stucco

Do you want to give a new finish to your walls or ceilings? Achieve a room with an elegant and sophisticated aesthetic? The Venetian stucco technique it will transform the walls and ceilings of your home and give them a unique effect.

Used in ancient times by great masters of the Renaissance, stucco gives the look a marbled look The final finish of which will depend on both the technique used and the expertise of the professional. Although Venetian stucco is not only interesting for its aesthetics, it also has very attractive technical characteristics.

What is Venetian stucco?

Venetian stucco is called the finish that is obtained after applying a fine-grained paste paint composed of natural lime, marble dust, gypsum and natural pigments. A highly resistant material, among other interesting technical characteristics, which you can find in different colors.

Venetian stucco

key features

  • All the elements used are natural, non toxic and with anti-mold and antibacterial properties.
  • Es very resistant to humidity and breathable which will avoid the accumulation of humidity and condensation.
  • Es very easy to maintain; you can clean the surface with a damp cloth.
  • Guarantees a high durability.
  • Provides a sophisticated style and elegant to the rooms.

The technique to apply it

Although you can apply stucco yourself, the ideal is to leave it in the hands of experienced professionals. Both the direction in which the stucco is applied, as well as the number of coats or tools used, determine the final finish, so only a professional can guarantee a professional finish.

Are you curious about what is the technique to apply it? Do you want to learn how to do it? For this we have created a small step by step of what you will have to do if you want apply stucco on your own. In addition, you can learn in a more visual way with the video of OIKOS addicts.

  1. Corrects cracks and irregularities from the wall and give it a suitable primer coat to apply once the stucco has dried.
  2. Apply a thin, even first coat stucco with the trowel. Once the wall is covered, use the trowel again to finish smoothing it and let it dry.
  3. When the first coat is dry and opaque, apply a second coat with the trowel at irregular strokes to create small contrasts. Once completed, let it dry to apply the third coat.
  4. Apply the third coat with a trowel appropriate for the Venetian style you want to achieve. Works with little product and short strokes leaving some spaces unfilled. Then with a clean trowel smooth the surface and polish it making two or three passes. Then wait 10 minutes for it to dry.
  5. Finish polishing with the trowel and apply wax in circular motions, if you wish to polish and protect the Venetian stucco. Once applied, pass a woolen cloth to polish it.

Where to use Venetian stucco

Venetian stucco can be used both indoors and outdoors. Indoors this technique is often used in hallways, lounges and bathrooms, mainly, to give them a luxurious and sophisticated look. It can be applied on all walls, although it is more interesting to do it only on one, thus creating an accent wall.

Venetian stucco

There are those who prefer to apply the Venetian stucco on the ceiling. In large rooms with high ceilings with moldings, using this technique not only draws attention to them. It can also help you both to enhance the height of the ceilings and to visually bring it closer to the ground to create more welcoming rooms. Everything will depend on the color used.

Less common is to find it in the bedroom although it is a very powerful tool to draw attention to the main wall. While white, cream and light gray tones They are the most popular colors when applying Venetian stucco, small pink shades of color are usually common in bedrooms.

Do you like Venetian stucco? Both the paint and its application require a greater investment than that required by a standard interior paint. However, compared to the investment required to cover a wall with marble slabs, the effect being similar, it is much less.


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