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Limewashing- The one technique that it's transforming spaces!

Lime wash is a distinctive and timeless decorative technique used in interior design, particularly for walls and surfaces.

This method involves applying a mixture of lime putty or hydrated lime, water and natural pigments to create a beautiful, subtle, and matte finish that imparts a unique charm to any space.

This mixture forms a slurry that can be tinted with natural earth pigments to achieve various colors, from soft pastels to rich, earthy tones. The pigments can be mixed in to create custom shades that suit the design vision.

Before applying the lime wash, the surface must be properly prepared. This includes ensuring the wall is clean, free of dust and primed. It's essential to dampen the surface with water before applying the lime wash, as this helps the mixture adhere properly and prevents rapid drying.

The lime wash is then applied using a brush, roller, or spray gun, depending on the desired effect and the texture of the surface. Multiple thin coats are typically applied, allowing each coat to dry before adding the next. This gradual layering process helps create the characteristic depth and variation in color that lime wash is known for.

For this project, I used James Alexander Limewash in the color La Pagila. I also used the cloud technique which consist of creating cloud- like motifs by making brush strokes. If you would like to try lime wash, I totally recommend giving it a try as it is not hard to achieve but I strongly suggest not to skip the prime step as it makes a big difference in preparing the surface for the lime paint to set and adhere better. Don't be intimidated by trying the cloud technique; yes, it will require some physical work but it's actually fun to do. Do not panic at the beginning when you see the dark and spotty; remember paint it's wet and will lighten as it dries. No straight edges- brush those out organically.

The final result is a breathable and environmentally friendly coating that has a matte, chalky appearance. Lime wash is particularly popular for achieving a rustic or aged look, and it works well in a variety of design styles, from Mediterranean to farmhouse to Scandinavian.

One of the key benefits of lime wash is its versatility and ability to complement both traditional and contemporary interiors. Its ability to create subtle variations in color and texture adds character and a sense of history to a space.

Lime wash is not only aesthetically pleasing but also eco-friendly, making it a favored choice for interior designers seeking to combine aesthetics with sustainability.

Products sponsored by James Alexander Specialty Paints



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