Venetian Polished Plastering and Specialist Finishes

There is more to the art of plastering than meets the eye. Here at Perfect Plastering we strive to offer the very best in all the genres of specialist plastering finishes.

The term Polished Plastering for example is used to describe the new and updated forms of traditional Italian Plaster finishes. It ranges from the very highly polished plaster finish of Venetian Stucco and Marmarino to the texured, rough finish of Tonachino. Generally, polished plaster in a mixture of lime and up to a 40% content of marble powder. Various textured and distinctive finishes can be achieved with this versatile material.

The high level of polishing can achieve a finish similar to polished marble, limestone or travertine. Applied over an initial primer it consists of a base coat and from one to maybe four layers to produce the colouring and effect.

Finally it is burnished with a steel trowel especially designed for this purpose, to create fabulous glassy lustre. Then it is generally sealed with a protective waxy coating.

Plaster is far from being a modern building material.

From its conception many thousands of years ago, around 9000 BC in fact, plaster has transcended many forms or recipes. Predominantly a sand, gypsum and lime mix, over the centuries examples have since been found with such strange additives such as goats milk, beer, animal hair, marble dust or chippings and even blood!

The Romans introduced volcanic ash containing highly reactive forms of alumina and silica to promote rapid setting. Marble dust facilitated a hard finish ideal for producing the highly polish surface. However, it almost died out at the end of the Roman Empire. Luckily it was revived during the Renaissance period. Originally, predominantly used as an indoor decorative product. The use of animal hair as an additive, helped to reinforce the material and it is now used both indoors and outdoors.

Venetian workers during the 15th century further developed the material to produce an exterior coating called Marmorino. Followed by talented Stuccoists from Bavaria who developed a highly decorative product called Scagliola. A process which included high polishing and the inclusion of coloured stones to produce images. The Italians began to excel and even introduced a new form called Scrafito. This technique was then combined with Stucco or modelled decoration thereby creating a quick and durable means of decorating building facades.

Later, the famous Italian Neo-clasical architect Andrea Palladio rediscovered the traditional Venetian plastering techniques and this infuenced famous British architects such as Inigo Jones and Christopher Wren amongst others famous for their skills in Georgian architectural style.

Many name were attached to polished plaster over the years and it was known as Italian or Venetian plaster, Spatulato, Marble plaster and simply Stucco. Essentially, polished plaster gives a rock-hard finish for walls and ceilings which is burnished to produce a super smooth marble-like finish that gives it depth and texture. It can also be tinted to give specific colours. Even colours that are not seen in a natural marble

For a rough stone-like finish the plaster is left un-burnishedand it has a natural matte finish. It is however rather brittle and can easily be damaged

Nowadays companies have perfected the ancient art of plaster fabrication and with the use of the finest raw materials combined with modern manufacturing techniques, have rocketed the use of polished plaster as a sophisticated and high-end building or architectural finish once again.

The various techniques of polished plastering are often seen these days within the specialist field of Spacial Design. A field which ties together the various specialisms of Interior and landscape Design, Architecture and various Art forms.

This means Polished or Venetian Plastering is very current and bang on trend. It can be seen in Public buildings, Museums and Art galleries and of course more and more it can be seen in Private homes.

Venetian Polished Plastering is the ultimate in Individual Style and bang on-trend!

At Perfect Plastering we use the following terms to describe the various techniques and finishes we can offer -

Polished Stucco

For a luxurious, glass-like lustre with unrivalled depth, richness of colour and impact that has been crafted in 4 layers followed by a special wax polish on the surface.

Marmorino Fine

A multi-coloured, natural marble effect with a similar finish to Polished Stucco in that it has a glossy, smooth finish but it is produced in 3 layers and not so highly polished.

Marmorino Naturale

A subtle Designer style finish often used in contemporary commercial spaces.

Marmorino Carrara

The same natural beauty but with texture, depth of colour that varies from subtle tones to full blown feature effects.


For a natural stone effect to reflect your individual style. With feature texture styles like Dragged Travertine to Cracked Stone effects. Left unpolished it feels like natural stone to the touch.

Concrete Stucco

A funky Urban Style for modernist spaces. Generally tinted in Grey and Light grey it provides a rustic, tactile, contemporary look of polished concrete

Raw Concrete

Another funky finish for a modern industrial look. Ideal for commercial spaces, it simulates the natural matt appearance and feel of a light grey raw concrete..

Our skilled Craftspeople can work with you to create a design or finish that represents your own unique and personal creative style.

Together we'll create a design or finish that represents your own unique style.

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