Craving a unique and timeless look for your home interiors? Look no further than limewash paint. This age-old technique offers a unique and versatile way to transform your walls, breathing life and character into any space. But what exactly is limewash paint, and how can it help you achieve your dream home aesthetic?

What is limewash paint?

Paint sensitive? Try limewash, it’s gentle!

If you’re looking for paint that’s gentle on allergies, painting with limewash is a good choice. It’s made from limestone, which helps fight mould and bacteria because it’s slightly alkaline. Bonus: limewashing walls makes them pretty low-maintenance. You don’t even need to clean them regularly, in fact, it’s actually better to avoid it!

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What does limewash paint look like?

Limewash feels soft and smooth like suede, kind of like thick paint instead of the usual paint you use inside your house. People have been using it for ages, all the way back to the Romans, to give walls a warm, aged look. While you mostly see it in white or grey, it actually comes in brighter colours too!

Did you know?

When you limewash walls with a mineral surface, like plaster or brick, it creates a special lighting effect. The light hitting the wall gets scattered in different directions, making the surface seem to glow softly. Historically, making limewash involved using different ingredients; people sometimes added animal fat, oil, or milk to make it last longer.

What is the difference between limewash paint and regular paint?

Let the brick breathe, choose limewash

Limewash is a special type of paint made with just crushed limestone and water. It’s thinner than regular paint, similar to paint used for bricks and other masonry surfaces. Unlike regular paint that forms a layer on top, limewash soaks into the brick, becoming part of the surface itself.

What is limewash paint made of?

Traditionally, limewash paint consists of three main ingredients:

  1. Lime (derived from limestone): This is the primary ingredient, typically used as slaked lime (calcium hydroxide). It reacts with carbon dioxide in the air to form a hard calcium carbonate layer, providing the paint’s adhesive properties and signature matte finish
  2. Water: This acts as the solvent, suspending the lime and allowing for smooth application
  3. Pigment: This adds colour to the paint. Historically, natural earth pigments were used, but modern limewash can incorporate various pigments, both organic and inorganic, to achieve a wider range of colours

Additional ingredients:

Some manufacturers might include additional components in their limewash formulas to enhance specific properties:

  • Fixatives: These help improve the binding of the pigment to the lime, enhancing colour durability. Examples include casein, rabbit skin glue, or even acrylic binders
  • Thickeners: These improve the consistency of the paint for easier application. Common thickeners include cellulose-based materials or starches
  • Fungicides and algicides: These can be added for application in environments prone to mould or mildew growth, especially for exterior applications

Important note on limewashing walls on your own

While readily available pre-mixed limewash paints exist, it’s crucial to exercise caution if attempting to make your own limewash due to the inherent safety concerns:

  • Lime is highly alkaline: It can irritate skin and eyes, requiring proper protection during handling
  • Slaked lime reaction: Quicklime (calcium oxide) slaking process can generate significant heat and release hazardous fumes. It’s essential to follow proper safety procedures and obtain slaked lime from reliable sources

If considering homemade limewash, seek guidance from experienced professionals and prioritise safety measures to avoid potential hazards. However, we recommend buying limewash paint from the market and hiring experts to do the painting.

Why is limewash paint so expensive?

Different limewash paint colours to choose from

Is limewash paint worth it?

Painting with limewash has some extra perks that are good for you and the environment! It lets walls breathe, isn’t harmful, and is kind to nature. Plus, it fights off bacteria and mould because it has a high pH level. On top of that, limewash paint has no VOCs, those strong-smelling chemicals, so painting with it barely has any odour!

Is limewash paint permanent?

Limewash paint gives walls a beautiful, old-fashioned patina. The colours are made with natural minerals and won’t easily fade in the sun. While it typically lasts for 5 to 7 years before needing a fresh coat, you can always repaint it later and change the look of your space.

So is limewash paint removable?

Like cement mortars, limewash paint can slowly dissolve in an acidic cleaner like Aciclean but the process can be time-consuming because the cleaner has to be re-applied continuously. Removing limewash can only be practical if its coat is very thin.

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Where do you use limewash paint?

You can use limewash paint on lots of different things around your house, not just walls! Here are some examples:

  • Walls made of plaster, concrete, or masonry (like brick)
  • Wood surfaces
  • Drywall (although you might need a special primer first)
  • Stucco

Here are some limewashed walls that you can take inspiration from:

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Whether you’re drawn to the rustic charm of a farmhouse style or the sophisticated elegance of a European-inspired home interior, limewash paint can work with either!

How can Livspace help you?

If you want customised designs for your space, our team of seasoned and creative designers is ready to collaborate with you to bring your vision to life. Book an online consultation with Livspace today.

  • We have delivered over 20,000 happy homes
  • We use high-quality and durable materials with assured 215-quality checks
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