Sustainable Design with Plaster Moulding
Plaster has been the natural and sustainable choice for decorative moulding for hundreds of years. It is a sustainable design element that accomplishes two things at once. It reduces the environmental footprint as a “passive” architectural finish and; it elevates a space with artistic design. Adding plaster crown moulding to walls is a great way to add long-lasting, custom decorative elements without a large impact on the environment.
Plaster is formed by mixing a dry powder with water to create a sculptable paste. The powder can be made from a variety of natural materials, including lime, clay, or gypsum. It is then applied to a surface, such as a wood lath to build a wall. It can also be made into nearly any shape or design like a curved plaster cove for instance, and then affixed to an existing wall. Due to its composition, plaster is a widely used sustainable design option as it has one of the smallest environmental footprints of most architectural materials. It is often sourced locally, and its application relies more on skilled labor over complicated mechanical equipment. Continue reading
Fire Safety Benefits with Plaster
Plaster mouldings are an invaluable addition to any home due to its safety benefits. Utilize (gypsum) plaster mouldings to keep your loved ones safe and prevent fire-related disasters from spreading in your home. All DecoCraft products have a flame spread rating of “Class A”. This means that plaster’s tendency to spread flames and burn rapidly are very low. Not only does plaster resist flames, but it also reduces the amount of smoked developed in the presence of a fire. Classes are formed from ASTM E84 rating system which many building officials use as the standard method for testing flame resistance and smoke density. Class A materials all have the lowest fire spread and smoke index out of the 3 alphabetical classes in which all interior materials are organized. As a Class A product, plaster is in the top tier of materials you can use in your home and experience some peace of mind. Continue reading
Are you thinking about designing a “vintage” space? What elements come to mind? No matter the vintage style – whether it’s Retro, Shabby Chic, Arts and Crafts or Hollywood Glam, plaster mouldings is a signature room element that enhances any wall to ceiling décor. Actually, it may be hard to omit plaster mouldings from vintage designs as they are so much a part of our architectural past. They can be found as wall and ceiling enhancements in civic spaces and urban dwellings, a must-have design element in Victorian homes, and works of art gracing fancy boudoirs. It could be argued that the use of plaster moulding in vintage design is indispensable. To achieve a vintage look with plaster mouldings, consider applying to them faux finishes. They can be distressed, marbled, incised, color stamped, and stenciled to help you to achieve the vintage look that you desire. Continue reading
The Everlasting Plaster Moulding
For thousands of years, plaster has been utilized to create many of mankind’s most famous architectural buildings. A good portion of those buildings stand to this day. Plaster mouldings are unique because they involve formulation and installation from a skilled craftsman. Traditional plaster moulding is durable and can last hundreds of years if maintained correctly. Continue reading