All-over tadelakt in a master bathroom arch and skylight in a Baton Rouge residential project. Here, we are applying a dry application of this traditional, versatile, and beautiful Moroccan plaster technique.
Sylvia T Designs is the New Orleans and Gulf Coast area’s tadelakt plaster expert! Let us know how this special plaster can make your space a functional and beautiful work of art!
Lime plaster is the thing – it is ideal for humid environments and, in the right artisan’s hands, it can be nothing short of gorgeous. What’s more? Tadelakt is all the rage in the world of lime plaster these days. What is tadelakt? It is a millennium-old traditional Moroccan plaster. Originally used for things such as baths and sinks. It is exceptionally functional. It is water repellant, mold and mildew resistant, and breathable.
Another example of an all-over tadelakt plaster finish in a residential bathroom in New Orleans. You can see the wet application in the shower – this special plaster is water and mold resistant – as well as the dry application outside the shower. Different numbers of coats and impeccable timing are required to not only effectively make the plaster moisture resistant but also to properly match the look, feel, and color across both the wet and dry applications.
Beyond its functionality – ideal for use on bathroom walls and ceilings, showers, backsplashes, outdoor kitchens, pool houses, and more – it can also be something special aesthetically. It delivers lovely and subtle textures with natural, silky movement and tremendous depth.
However, you can’t just hire your local “stucco and plaster guy” or just any decorative artist, for that matter, to handle a specialized product like this. It takes a highly skilled artisan to properly apply tadelakt. It requires a precise handcrafted application to ensure not only its functionality, but also to achieve a striking mottled and organic looking finish.
Tadelakt can be used in wet and dry applications. For example, it’s ideal for an all-over bathroom – the shower and sink (wet application) and walls and ceiling (dry application.)
Each application requires a different number of coats and the timing and skill to make it both functional and beautiful is critical. It is also great for curves and tight corners. In the right hands, it delivers a seamless look, even across the wet and dry applications.
With tadelakt, lime plaster is used along with soap from olive and coconut oils, which protects and seals, and, also, sand from marble or limestone as an aggregate. A big plus that tadelakt brings to the table is that it is breathable, hypoallergenic, and eco-friendly.
Sylvia T Designs is the New Orleans premier native decorative arts firm and the region’s tadelakt expert. We can bring this functional and decorative plaster to a wide range of uses and settings in your space. Of course, we’re happy to discuss tadelakt with you to see if it is right for your project. Drop us a line and explore this remarkable plaster!
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Sylvia T Designs – Tadelakt plaster finish. Here, you can see a beautiful all-over tadelakt plaster finish throughout a New Orleans residential bathroom.