Updated: Nov 19, 2020
Calce Company has an extensive range of decorative finishes, but our most timeless and traditional designs are our Venetian plasters – Grassello Lucido and Elite Grassello.
What is Venetian plaster?
Venetian plaster roughly translates to the Italian phrase ‘stucco Veneziano’, owing to both its marble dust and lime plaster composition and its history. Although the use of lime-based plasters dates back thousands of years in our history, it was not until the Italian Renaissance period that stucco took shape as an essential building material in the construction of Venice, earning the name we know it by today.
Venetian plaster is durable, versatile and classically unique, requiring a layered application method that creates a stunning depth of texture unmatched by imitation products. It is best applied using one of our specialty trowels or spatulas to achieve a flawless finish.
What are the benefits of Venetian plaster?
Aside from its unique luxury appearance, Venetian plaster has a host of benefits beyond those of simple paint and render formulas, including:
Designed to withstand humid environments, Venetian plaster is extremely resistant to moisture and is non-flammable – two features that make it ideal for kitchen and bathroom settings.
Unlike paint and render, which break down and crumble over time, Venetian plaster absorbs carbon dioxide from its environment and becomes harder over time when applied correctly.
Tying in with its durability, Venetian plaster’s natural breathability makes it an inhospitable surface for bacteria, dust, mould and mildew without the need for chemical additives.
Venetian plasters are also extremely low in or completely absent of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), making them an ideal addition to any family home.
Venetian plasters can be applied to most interior surfaces and substrates, and our special Elite Grassello plaster can also be applied to exterior surfaces.
Grassello’s resistance to heat and moisture make it an ideal choice for any kitchen and bathroom, for a stunning take on your everyday space that maintains its pristine appearance for years to come.
Endless options for customisation in the colour, finish and depth of texture shown in Venetian plasters make them the ideal avenue of expression for a range of tastes. From timelessly classic stucco looks to sleek and modern mirror finishes, Elite Grassello and Grassello Lucido are as simple or sophisticated as you want need to be.
For more information on the properties and benefits of our huge range of decorative finishes, including traditional Venetian plasters, contact us.