MATERIALS WE USE
At Tricolor Studio, we are experts in decorative finishes, decorative plasters, faux finishes, and all of the services we offer. We have spent the last 10 years experimenting with and sourcing plasters from around the US, Europe, and Asia. We use only the highest quality materials for each and every project.
We do this in order to amass what we view as the ultimate collection or finishing materials. Much like food, each region produces different materials under different weather conditions. We are excited and happy to share our knowledge with you. If you have any questions about the materials that we plan to use on your project, feel free to ask about it.
Some of the materials we use on our decorative finishes in New York are:
Lime Based Plasters
Lime Plaster is a material made up of sand, water, and lime. The lime in question is typically Non-Hydraulic Lime, which is also called Lime Putty. This versatile material has been used by humans for thousands of years. The earliest use of Lime Plaster dates back as far as 7200BC. Statues which were sculpted in Lime Plaster were found at an archeological dig in what is now the country of Jordan.
Venetian plaster is created when a pigment is added to aged & slaked lime plaster. This is not to be confused paints that also happen to use the same name. When marble dust is sprinkled into the aged and slaked lime plaster, the result is a high level of polish and sheen.
Marmorino Veneziano is a type of plaster or stucco. Based on calcium oxide, it is used for exterior and interior wall decorations. Using different techniques this plaster offers a variety of matte, satin, and glossy final effects. Created as far back as the times of the Roman Empire, Marmorino Veneziano was popularized once more during the Renaissance 500 years ago in Venice, Italy. Marmorino is made from crushed marble and lime putty, which can be tinted to give a wide range of colors. It’s waterproofing and antibacterial qualities make it very desirable for luxury bathrooms, honeymoon bedrooms, and other wet areas.
Tadelakt is a waterproof plaster that is often used in Moroccan architecture to make baths, sinks, water vessels, interior and exterior walls, ceilings, roofs, and floors. It is made from lime plaster, which is rammed, polished, and treated with soap to make it waterproof and water-repellant. Tadelakt is labor-intensive to install but durable. Because it’s applied as a paste, tadelakt has a soft, undulating character, it is seamless and can form curves. Pigment can be added to give it any color, but deep red is the traditional color associated with this plaster. It can have a shiny finish or a matte finish.
Dating as far back as ancient Roman Times, Limewash has been an ancient home staple for thousands of years. Limewash is created by crushing limestone, burning it, and mixing it with water to create a lime putty. The putty is then aged and thinned with water. Color is added with natural pigments. Limewash creates surfaces that are matte and mottled and have a chalky suede-like texture. This gives otherwise flat walls a luminosity and depth.
Micro-cements are currently a popular decorative material globally, they are a micro-coating made up of high-performance cement that is mixed with polymers, ultra-fine aggregates, additives, and natural color pigments. Because it isn’t necessary to remove the existing base material, there are typically considerable construction cost savings.
Call to Learn More or Book an Appointment for Decorative Finishes in New York City (914) 410-7333
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Staten Island, NY