Ten textured interiors with exposed plaster walls

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Plaster is a protective building material traditionally used to coat walls and ceilings, which are then often covered with decorative paint or wallpaper.

But architects and designers can also uncover a room’s plaster to reduce the cost of a project or create a more robust visual effect.

From a bright cottage extension in Australia to a renovated rooftop apartment in Israel, here are ten examples of textured plaster wall housing projects that complement the rest of their interior designs.

This is the latest in our series of lookbooks, providing visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration, see previous lookbooks featuring compact bedrooms, white kitchens, and escapist vacation homes.

Photo is by Eric Staudenmaier

Radius House, USA, by Pentagon

Curved plaster walls create a sculptural composition in Radius House, a residential project in Los Angeles’ Venice Beach designed by local studio Pentagon.

Subdued in color but dynamically shaped, the walls are intended to create an eye-catching backdrop for more contrasting interior elements, such as a grand walnut staircase.

“The Venetian plaster walls give the residence a clear continuity and a handcrafted quality,” Pentagon said.

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Amagansett House by Athena Calderone
Photo is by Nicole Franzen

House in Long Island, USA, by Athena Calderone

Walls covered in plaster by Kamp Studios combine linen fabric and marble finishes to create the pale interior palette of this mid-century Long Island home.

New York designer Athena Calderone owns and lives in the residence, which she has updated to showcase a mix of contemporary and vintage furnishings.

“The walls were just crisp white and I wanted to plaster them and make them a little warmer and creamier, so that really changed the house a lot,” explains Calderone.

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Living room in Town Hall Renovation
Photo is by Jim Stephenson

Council House Renovation, UK, by VATRAA

Architecture studio VATRAA added dusty pink plaster walls to this London Town Hall renovation, which includes a Don’t Move, Improve! award for his design.

The warm-toned, textured walls feature British Gypsum Multifinish — a plaster the studio described as “banal” — which saved on paint costs and created an eclectic canvas for the resident’s collection of art and design objects.

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Plaster Fun House by Sans-Arc Studio
Photo is by Tash McCammon

Plaster Fun House, Australia, by Sans-Arc Studio

Another residential project celebrating white plaster walls, Plaster Fun House is a South Australian cottage with an extension characterized by terrazzo and playfully curved windows and doors.

Sans-Arc Studio has taken advantage of 1930s cruise ship aesthetics by incorporating architecture-style Art Deco and P&O design elements into the extension, which aims to stand out against the neighborhood’s more mundane brown-brick homes.

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Karin Matz apartment
Photo by Karin Matz

HB6B, Sweden, by Karin Matz

The renovation of HB6B, an apartment of just 36 square meters in Stockholm, deliberately exposed peeling plaster walls and crumbling bricks.

Swedish architect Karin Matz has refurbished the open space for himself. A kitchen fits on one side and a bedroom on the other, interrupted only by a central bathroom.

According to Matz, HB6B’s peeling walls are designed to preserve “the previous layers and floors” of the apartment, which also has low-hanging lights on several levels.

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Marisel House
Photo by Gonzalo Viramonte

Maricel’s House, Argentina, by Edgardo Marveggio

Designed by architect Edgardo Maraveggio for his ex-wife, the thick, textured plaster that covers Marciel’s home in Córdoba also forms the brightly colored interior canvas.

Vibrant artwork and furnishings complete the living space, which reveals the yellow waffle sheet roof that sits atop the residence and extends across the front patio.

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Jaffa Roofhouse by Gitai Architects
Photo by Dan Bronfeld

Jaffa Roofhouse, Israel, by Gitai Architects

The ancient limestone buildings of the Israeli city of Jaffa formed the basis for this Gitai Architects renovated attic apartment, characterized by three curved plaster walls that merge into pale floors.

The walls were covered in plaster and molded to soften the existing boxy shell of Jaffa Roofhouse. Their appearance changes from golden hues to lavender as the sun rises and sets on the city.

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House in a Park by Think Architecture
Photo by Simone Bossi

House in a Park, Switzerland, by Think Architecture

House in a Park is a collection of stone and plaster-lined volumes created by local studio Think Architecture atop a Zurich hill.

The house has lime plaster walls designed to provide a minimal interior setting and draw attention to the surrounding forest view, which can be seen through rectilinear glass windows.

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House of dust
Photo courtesy of Antonio Cardillo

House of Dust, Italy, by Antonino Cardillo

A band of whimsical, textured plaster lines the upper walls and ceilings of this Rome apartment to create an unusual visual effect.

Italian architect Antonino Cardillo used the geometric ratio of the golden ratio to design a horizontal divider that separates the House of Dust living spaces with contemporary furnishings from the striking features of plaster.

Cardillo explained what informed the project: “[I was] longing for primordial caves, for Renaissance grotesques, for nymphaeums in Doria Pamphilj, for faint Liberty facades in the streets of Via Veneto”.

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Design Haus Liberty
Photo is by Jack Hobhouse

Skip Stop House, UK, by Design Haus Liberty

A group of London apartments was completed on a low budget by “using the palette that was already there,” according to Dara Huang of local studio Design Haus Liberty.

Layers of paint and wallpaper were removed to expose patinated plaster, while the studio also used ready-made materials to create industrial-looking yet affordable interiors.

“We used the palette that was already there but was hidden, so if we found a wall and there was brick behind it, we left it and finished it up,” added Huang.

“The things that were already there just had to be uncovered and combined with the right materials.”

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This is the latest in our series of lookbooks that provide curated visual inspiration from Dezeen’s image archive. For more inspiration, see previous lookbooks featuring hotels full of plants, self-designed studios by architects and designers, and interiors with partitions instead of walls.

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