Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Bare plaster walls

When we were renovating our new open plan kitchen/dining area, we ended up with a few areas of bare plaster where lining paper had got pulled off by the builders which stayed like that for a while as we worked our way round the room decorating it. Weirdly both hubby and I commented on the fact we kinda liked it, although at the same time knowing that it didn't really suit the house and the fact it was only the lower part of the wall did look a little odd. When I posted a pic of it on Instagram saying that we were about to panel over it, I was surprised at the number of comments saying to keep it as it was! Perhaps it looked better on a small phone screen on Instagram, below is the pic...

Exposing plaster walls
While this rough, pared back look is nothing new - I remember posted about the Rough Luxe trend back in 2012 - I think that maybe it's becoming a bit more commonplace. Chances are that you'd get some comedic house guests enquiring as to whether you are in the middle of decorating, but in general as long as it's done well I think more and more people can see the beauty in this natural look...

bare plaster walls in bedroom with copper accents / 91 Magazine
photo by Freya Dowson
The shot above was from a recent shoot for 91 Magazine. The stylist Catherine Sprunt has bare plaster walls in her bedroom which I think looks really great, especially when contrasted with metallic details such as copper.

bare plaster walls - Sandra Juto's living room

bare plaster walls - Sandra Juto's living room

One of my favourite examples of a bare wall is that of designer Sandra Juto in her Berlin home. It creates such a simple, but textured backdrop for all her pieces of art and other quirky objects.

The bedroom below has went one step further and left some peeling wallpaper on the wall, and I love how they've tied the colours into the luxurious bedspread. I think that's what makes the bare plaster wall work - the contrast it creates against smoother, sleeker or shinier textures.

bare plaster walls, peeling wallpaper in bedroom
pic source

bare plaster walls in interiors
via Design Sponge

bare plaster walls in interiors
via Light Locations

bare plaster walls in interiors
via Design Sponge

What do you think? Could you do this look? I was too chicken and we've panelled over ours (I will share some 'after' pics soon) although I think if we had have been brave it would have been more work, as I think it would have looked best to have the entire wall exposed... I'd love to hear what you think!

xxx

3 comments:

  1. Oh wow! I would never have thought of doing this, but actually it adds quite a lot to the room. I really like the Sandra Juto example too! Leanne x

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  2. Love this "European manor house gone to ruin"look...very edgy romantic.

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  3. I really like the rough luxe look, especially if you contrast with beautiful gold mirrors and chandeliers as it highlights everything and allows it to really stand out. I sadly think though that I am also too chicken to carry the look off, I have always been a perfectionist as think i'd end up plastering over it !!

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