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Lemon or Limewash? When Painting Just Isn't Enough

All You Need to Know About Limewash

Everything ancient has its day in the sun, especial when it comes to being New York Chic! Limewash is a paint trend that has been gaining huge popularity over the past several years, and our clients couldn't be happier about it.

Any space in the house that is given this completely natural wall finish, instantly receives enhancements in terms of its depth, texture, shadows and overall richness.

In addition, it is not harmful to the environment so it becomes a fantastic alternative for those who are environmentally conscious. So let's jump in and discuss the use of Limewash paint and how it can completely transform any space. We explore the health benefits, the best areas to utilise it in, and the best ways to make any kind of home feel like it has stood the test of time.

Back in the day, plaster was considered to be more appropriate for historic or maximalist styles. Limewash, however, is increasingly being used in rooms that have a more modern, minimalist aesthetic, which gives it a softer and more invigorating feel.

What is Limewash?

The Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans are responsible for the widespread use of plaster and limewash throughout the centuries. If you are familiar with Venetian Plaster, then you have a pretty good sense of what to expect here. Limewash is the alternative that is less dense and heavier, and it is manufactured with just three basic components: limestone, water, and natural color pigment. Voila!

How is Limewash Prepared, Exactly?

Well, the process pretty straight forward. Crushing, heating, and grinding of limestone into a putty before combining it with water to create a textured paste or a thinner wash is the first step in the process (depending on the amount of water used). Add in a natural color pigment and you're all set!

Is LimeWash Healthy?

Limewash is a paint finish that is 100% natural, safe, and environmentally friendly. Most importantly, it gives out no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). To put it another way, it is absolutely fine to breathe the air.

Limewash has a high pH level, which makes it hypoallergenic and naturally resistant to bacteria, mildew, and mould. Another benefit of this property is that it makes Limewash easier to clean. We find that improving the quality of your indoor air and eliminating odors is a no brainer for the majority of our clients.

Limewash is a paint finish that is extremely durable (when properly sealed), requires very little upkeep, and can last anywhere from five to seven years before it needs to be refinished. If you do nothing, it will gradually develop a patina over the course of time.

Where Should I Use Limewash?

The options are truly limitless! Limewash can be used for interior as well as exterior walls, and it works particularly well on porous surfaces such as brick, cement, stucco, or stone.

When covering drywall, it is imperative that a mineral-based acrylic primer be applied first. This will provide an additional layer of base support and will ensure a proper adhesion.

You should also always consider the ways in which light can enter your home before settling on a location for your finish. Plaster walls that are in close proximity to windows or other sources of light produce a stunning effect when illuminated. The way that Limewash reacts to different lighting conditions, casting shadows and highlighting the surface's texture, are characteristics that make this a frequent option by many of our clients.

Limewash pigments can be found in a wide spectrum of natural and vibrant colors. The majority of the time, client choose to stick to earthy neutrals like white, taupe, nude, grey, and charcoal. However, we find that colors like emerald, green, cobalt, black, terracotta, or pink offer deeper shadowing and a rich contrast of coloring. These are ideal choices when you want to make a statement. Bold...Attention-grabbing...Sounds just like . Thx for joining us!

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