Category Polished Plaster

Alternative Wall Finishes for your Kitchen

Mix things up – experiment with these amazing alternatives to wall paint.

When you think of wall finishes, paint is generally the go-to option. It’s reasonably priced and easy to clean; a fairly simple process to arrange and there are a number of colours and palettes to choose from. But with the advancements in technology, other materials have been gaining popularity, especially in the kitchen. Apart from their water-resistant abilities, they also give the place texture and visual drama that paints just can’t offer. If you’re feeling adventurous, then check out these amazing alternatives to wall paint for your kitchen.

Concrete look

Living in a concrete home is highly sought after these days. The cool look makes a solid backdrop for ‘gram-worthy pics, plus there’s a certain amount of street cred that comes with living in an unfinished space.

The added texture far exceeds what any luxury paint color can achieve.

But faux concrete need not be limited to an accent wall. The finish can also be done in wet areas of the home, like bathroom walls or a kitchen backsplash or countertop.

Concret Art is ideal to customize design environments, giving a modern and contemporary finish to architecture.

Traditional Italian Plasters

Italian plasters give a depth and movement that is not possible in a painted finish. Although they are completely smooth to the touch, they have a certain texture about them that adds interest to your walls.

If you are looking for a soft sheen then Marmorino Classico is the ideal solution, which can be tinted to any colour to suit your decor. If you prefer a glossy surface then it’s better to use Stucco Veneziano, which has an acrylic base and is wipeable.

The extremely wide range of colours, ranging from delicate pastel to intense and enveloping shades, offers dynamic solutions for all spaces, with trendy or classic taste and the final result is always different, characterized by tones and effects that arise from the creativity of the decorator.

If you are using a plaster as a backsplash we recommend you use glass behind the hob.

Avoiding Mistakes When Choosing a Wall Colour

At Red Letter, we are your go-to shop for decorative wall finishes. Whether you’re looking for DIY friendly decorative paints, or stunning walls installed by our artisans, we have all the materials you need for a bright, colorful makeover to any room or area in the home.

One area we spend a great deal of time on with our clients is colour. Design schemes take into account far more than just basic color names or themes, and there are several areas you should be keeping in mind as you choose yours. Let’s look at a few common mistakes we’ve seen people make in this area.

Colours Vs Tones

The first and often broadest mistake people make when it comes to color selection is assuming that a colour is, well, just a colour. That may sound confusing – let’s explain.
For every major colour out there, you can break things down into smaller bins that refer to “tone.” Each major colour has warm tones, cool tones and neutral tones, and these can look very different in a given room. Some tones may appear differently in certain kinds of light, such as sunlight versus man-made. This is why it’s important to try out samples in different lights and make sure they’re the look you’re truly going for.

Don’t Go Too Bright

Many of us want bright, colorful themes in our home color schemes, but there’s such thing as going too far with this. It’s important to consider how you’ll be matching furniture and other room elements with your wall colour, and doing so for exceedingly bright colour schemes is much harder. If you absolutely must have a bright colour, at least consider a pastel shade or something a little softer as an accent.

Going Seasonal

You may think your bright yellow, sunny tones look fantastic during this summer period we’re in currently, but will you feel the same by next winter or autumn? Only go with a seasonal design if you’re 100% sure you can commit to it the full year-round.

Forgetting About the Floor

Not only does wall covering have to complement furniture in a given room, it has to complement flooring as well. Matching here can vary widely depending on whether the room in question uses tile, wood, carpet or some other flooring type. Consider how the shade you’re looking at will clash with or complement your flooring.

For more on important colour choice mistakes to avoid when choosing wall finishes, or to learn about any of our wide range of products, speak to Red Letter today.

Concrete walls? Why not!!

It’s all about raw, industrial finishes these days, from plywood to concrete. Concrete is turning into a global trend for interior designers.

Once deemed cold and industrial, concrete is now one of the most desirable design motifs of our age

The stark, minimalist nature of exposed concrete has divided opinion for the better part of a century. Used in architecture as far back as Roman times, its heyday came with the dawn of Brutalism and would-be utopian architecture of the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. But as the go-to choice for Communist-bloc housing and controversial civic experiments, it’s no wonder concrete didn’t immediately join the likes of marble, rare timber, gold, and leather on the list of luxurious materials worthy of the most beautiful homes on the planet.

A generation of architects began to use concrete in elegant, single-family homes in the second half of the 20th century. Now, in 2019, it is a truly desirable material, giving us some of the most breathtaking houses built in recent times.

CONCRET_ART gives surfaces the solid, tactile, appearance of naturally aged concrete. It reproduces the aesthetics of the solid-looking cement. Featuring the textured detail of a concrete wall, Concret Art instills a raw and exposed look that is popular in current trends. With its simplicity, there are homeowners who would choose this design for their sitting room, study, bedroom and office. The light grey of the concrete wall works well with most colour schemes, since it blends as a natural backdrop to the space.