Plaster is an interior trend that has ‘serious staying power’. To create the effect involves no use of veneers, acrylics, or anything faux, making it an easy, ethical choice for adding texture to a range of spaces.
Plaster has been present historically, dating back to the early Egyptian times, across the Roman Empire and in 15th century Italy and beyond. In Egyptian times, plaster was used for tombs and pyramids, with lime stucco being the key ingredient. Around 7500 BC, citizens of ‘Ain Ghazal in Jordan used to mix lime with crushed limestone to create plaster which they used to cover floors, walls and hearths in their homes. The finished surfaces, particularly of tombs and walls, were then carefully painted or decorated. In ancient India and China, people used plaster (mostly in the form of clay) to cover rough stone or mud brick walls to smooth the surface. So, we can see that plaster was used for structure and practicality, as well as for decorative purposes.
In contemporary home design, plaster walls are predominantly for aesthetic, creating physical and visual texture to any room, acting as a simple but effective design feature. Plaster walls, to many, indicate a sort of homely feel, and their raw composure can create a sense of nature. They have been described, by interior designers, to oppose the typical style of modern new builds, and are visually associated with the ‘warm modernism’ decor concept. We aren’t surprised that this contemporary design feature has persisted; it works in any room, it can be executed in virtually any colour, it’s eco-friendly and relatively easy to achieve!
We have some beautiful locations for photoshoots on our books that feature plaster; whether you’re after a location with a soft, organic, contemporary look, or something more distressed and worn, we’ll have the perfect place for your next filming or photoshoot brief.