Istinto is a top-quality brand of Venetian Plaster and Venetian Plaster is really a general term that refers to putty made from fired limestone combined with water. It’s then mixed to make lime plaster. (So Venetian Plaster and lime plaster are the same thing.) And when that lime plaster is applied to walls and exposed to the carbon dioxide in the air, the mixture turns back into limestone. So, it starts as limestone and ends as limestone-truly magical! And it’s the same stuff our ancestors used in ancient Greece and Egypt. Incredibly, it has endured the test of time, both physically and aesthetically.

Venetian Plaster is nontoxic and emits zero VOC’s. From a sanitary standpoint, it’s also breathable, allowing moisture to escape from the substrate, and is naturally mold and mildew resistant.

Istinto plaster

“Living with lime plastered walls is like living inside a Rothko painting,” says interior designer Leigh Herzig – and anyone who has used it will know she’s talking about Venetian Plaster. The material, which has been used to finish walls since ancient times, made its first comeback with the unfortunate “Tuscan” decorating movement of the 90’s that we’re all still trying to forget. But don’t write it off! More recently, Venetian Plaster has been increasingly used in homes of style, thanks to the popularity of plaster-loving designers such as Axel Vervoordt and Vincent Van Duysen.