Saturday, 20 February 2016

Bare Plaster Wall Interiors

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This is my fourth house renovation and it is certainly the biggest project I have undertaken, not just due to the size of the house but because this time I have a very active toddler in tow. Funds are tight and I have to take whatever small moment of time I get to carry out work, so when I found a brief moment to start stripping the wallpaper in the dining room I had a tiny little helper. He was very excited to be told he could slosh water on the walls and tear down paper!
The more paper I tore from the walls the more I started to fall in love with the plaster underneath. Now the bare plaster wall trend is not new I remember seeing a Habitat catalogue back in the early 90s filled with them but it is still big news. It is appearing in more and more homes of us 'regular' folk and not just heavily styled magazines. So why then when I floated the idea with my husband did he say, " What? Like a crack den?"

Before now I have never before had plaster walls that could be in the running for baring all, walls had either been painted or I had stripped wallpaper off to find graffiti, and not the arty kind. Perhaps the fact that these walls are the only possibility of bare plaster my design decision is being swayed somewhat. That being said they do look really bloody cool.
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There has already been some new plaster on the ceiling in the bay window due to a leak and there may be more to come as the light fitting needs to be changed but I am confident that a crisp white ceiling would work with the plaster walls, or even an off white. The image below show just that, although the room styling leaves a lot to be desired it will give you an idea.
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how to style bare plaster walls
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how to style bare plaster walls
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There are some areas of concern such as what is left under the remaining wallpaper. There is also the issue of the radiator. The one that is instu  is going to be removed and replaced with a floor mounted one in the bay window so the holes left may be too much to deal with.
Worries aside I really do love all the imperfections I have found in the plaster they add such interest, so much more than a flat paint job. What do you think?
And we can all agree that they are infinatly better than the awful paper that was there. So many hours spent giving stink eye to these walls, so many.
If you do go down the bare plaster wall route it is important to seal it with a special sealer as plaster dust WILL irritate your skin. Believe me I know, after years of renovating houses and not taking care of my hands when I have used plaster and cement I have really bad dermatitis.

So how do you pull it off without it looking unfinished? Well  it is all in the styling my friends, let the world know it is a finished room; style your gallery wall, make the bed, have fresh window dressings and pristine floors. I have a sneaking suspicion that this look does not work well with an untidy room, so I need to re read my Marie Kondo and tidy the hell out of my home.

If I do decide to go for bare plaster walls I am sure there will be a hand full of people who pull a face and give me strange looks, one of those people will be my mother in law, (I think she believes most of my design decisions to be a little crazy, we have chatted about it), but in pulling off any look be it with your outfit or your home confidence is key.

I am still undecided about the walls but the beauty of this look is if you don't like it you can paint or paper over it, no harm, no foul! For now I will leave you with a beautiful image of a perfectly executed bare plaster wall bedroom, not one hint of a crack den about it!
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