Wallpaper And Lime Plaster As Wall Finishes Explained

For anyone bored with just using paint, there are more wall finishes waiting to be explored.

Back in 1996, Adrienne Wannamaker worked as an art director. It was when she helped finish a commission for a mural in a master bathroom that she fell in love with the decorative finishes.

Wannamaker opened Brush and Trowel after years of work with interior designers and architects. She states some alternative treatments she likes and gives advice especially when a do-it-yourself will not work.


It is a decorative paper applied using glue. There are plenty of great prints and patterns now as compared to years back. Wallpaper has something for everyone’s budget and taste.

Using wallpaper for kitchens and bathrooms or rooms which have higher humidity is generally not advisable. Moisture exposure can make the paper pucker or curl and can damage finishes. Still, it depends on a home’s ventilation and other conditions.

Application: Manufacturer instructions should be read first. After wall preparation, paper lengths are cut. Paste is then applied to the paper or wall. A rag or brush smooths the surface after.

Tools: Wallpaper, cutting tools, primer, paste, flat surface to unroll, roller, and rag or brush.

DIY difficulty: For Wannamaker, she says she’ll never take this project on although some are comfortable doing it. She adds how precision is needed and how comfortable a person is needs assessment before taking this on.

Lime plaster

Lime plaster has been in existence for so long. Some of its usage dates to 7200 BC. Hydrated lime or calcium hydroxide, water and aggregates comprise a natural lime plaster.

The wet plaster will harden into something like a limestone finish. This is durable and breathable so moisture is not trapped in walls. Natural lime plaster is mildew or mould resistant. It improves air quality. It is also a popular option for those green building projects since it is nearly carbon neutral.

The wall finish will be both tactile and rich. According to Wannamaker, lime plaster has a lot of sheens and colours and if done properly, it goes anywhere from showers, saunas and exteriors.

Application: Depends on the product as well as a person’s expected finished appearance.

Tools: Trowel and hawk

DIY Difficulty: Taking classes or practising the techniques goes a long way especially for beginners. For others who don’t desire to do that, a professional help from Plasterers in Sydney or any local company is recommended.