Sylvia T Designs has been delivering beautiful and long-lasting plaster finishes for well-over 20 years. But, that doesn’t mean we have been resting on our laurels! We always strive to keep up with the latest trends, products, and techniques allowing us to deliver stunning results to our projects. It’s one of our passions and, we think, it speaks to something that is living and honest in what we do.

Elegant and light plaster finish in this French Quarter Creole cottage kitchen in the dependency.

The wide-array of options available today create both challenges and opportunities for those exploring the possibilities. With our extensive experience, our clients can rest assured that we’re able to offer the right approach to the job. Similarly, our expertise and knowledge ensure our use of the right products and techniques needed to achieve desired results. We are well-versed in a range of products including lime plaster, Venetian plaster, Veneziano plaster, Marmorino plaster, Carrera plaster, and metallic plasters.

Plaster finishes offer a whole world of benefits that many may not realize these days. Trends may come and go, but plaster can offer a timeless look and appeal that will never go out of style. If you are looking for subtle, delicate movement on your walls or ceilings, we can make that happen. However, if you want to go as bold as can be, we can do that, too. Plaster finishes can deliver a depth of character that is living and breathing in ways that designer paints cannot. The possibilities of what we can do are endless!

A true-to-the-period plaster finish in a French Quarter Creole cottage.

Plaster finish in the upstairs nook of a French Quarter Creole cottage.

Many still believe that plaster must be applied to lathe. That is no longer the case! Many of the products we utilize can be applied directly to sheetrock after proper priming. You will get a finished product that will last for years and decades. It’s also easy and cost-effective to touch-up and repair. It’s highly durable and very applicable in a wide-range of situations these days.

Plaster has many other benefits, as well. When we say “breathing,” we mean that literally. It is a breathable medium that makes it perfect for use in humid areas, such as New Orleans and the South. It’s ideal for anything from new construction to historic spaces where moisture retention inside the walls can be an ongoing issue. Being that plaster has either no or low-VOC’s, it can help prevent issues with allergies. It’s also effective at sound absorption, making it a great choice for certain commercial settings or spaces where noise can be an issue.

We’re able to achieve a glass-like sheen (at right) that reflects with certain products. This is something most plasterers cannot do!

Another great part about plaster? It’s cost-effective, too! In addition to being long-lasting and easy to repair, the cost per square foot can be very competitive when compared to using a highly-skilled painter using designer paints.

Beautiful, subtle movement on the walls of the French Quarter’s Longway Tavern.

Metallic plaster finish on the archway of a Lakeview home’s restroom.

If you already have plaster on your walls or ceilings, we can breathe new life into them! We can glaze over lime, gypsum, or acrylic plaster creating beautifully subtle or bold looks. There are a multitude of colors, feels, and effects we can bring to your project. We’re also experts in plaster restoration!

We glazed the plaster of this French Quarter bistro, Meauxbar, with dramatic effect.

It’s no wonder that plaster was widely used throughout history – it’s practical and durable, yet beautiful and striking. These days, it’s also versatile and the smart choice in a wide-range of settings. As your plaster finishing experts in the Greater New Orleans area, Louisiana, and the Gulf Coast, Sylvia T Designs can help you achieve your desired vision with a finish that is lasting and truly alive! Drop us a line here to learn more about what we can do for you and make your space a work of art!

Metallic plaster finish on a kitchen hood in this New Orleans residence (at left).

Sylvia T Designs has been executing artisanal plaster finishes for nearly 25 years.

Sylvia T Designs is your plaster finish expert in the Greater New Orleans area, Louisiana, and the Gulf Coast.

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