Ah, plaster. It went away and then came back. Before sheetrock became all the rage, plaster was standard fare for finishing a home's interior. Historic homes in Maine still boast original plaster, albeit requiring occasional maintenance and restoration. As someone once observed, what's old becomes new again, and plaster is seeing a resurgence in popularity. Another popular finish is faux plaster, using tinted joint compound ("drywall mud"). These treatments can range from smooth and glossy to heavily-textured, with finishes ranging from solid paint to protective clearcoats.
This finish is on display at a local home where it ornaments some decorative panels. Though occasionally mistaken from a distance for some exotic variety of stone, it's simply plaster with varied tints and application methods.
This finish is the antithesis of the traditional subdued plaster finish. Random application methods and varied concentrations of color create a bold backdrop to a busy room.
The classic look of pink and white is the order of business here. Though the finish is smooth, the application methods create an appearance of depth on this flat wall.
Known as the Nutmeg Surround, this finish incorporates a series of browns to accent a local fireplace.