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What is Medium Marmorino?

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Medium Marmorino refers to a type of Venetian plaster or decorative wall finish. Marmorino is a traditional Italian plastering technique that has been used for centuries. It is made from a combination of slaked lime, marble dust, and other natural materials.

Medium Marmorino is a variation of Marmorino plaster that offers a medium-grain texture. It typically creates a smooth and elegant finish with subtle variations in color and texture. This type of plaster is often chosen for its ability to mimic the appearance of natural stone, adding depth and character to walls and surfaces.

Venetian plaster/marmorino can be applied to various interior surfaces, such as walls, ceilings, columns, and even furniture. It provides a durable and breathable coating, allowing the underlying substrate to breathe and preventing moisture buildup.

This is a popular choice for those seeking a timeless and sophisticated look, blending the charm of traditional craftsmanship with contemporary design aesthetics.

Venetian plaster is a captivating decorative technique known for its unique textures and finishes. In this blog post, we will delve into the world of Venetian plaster and shine a spotlight on Volare, a remarkable medium marmorino type. Volare offers a stone-like finish and boasts an extensive color palette of over 50 shades, making it a perfect choice for enhancing any decor. We will also discuss its various applications, ranging from feature walls to bathrooms and kitchens, and explore the possibilities of combining Volare with other products to achieve a bespoke and stunning result.

Volare with Kymera rust effect
  1. Volare: The Medium Marmorino with a Stone-like Finish Volare, a medium marmorino Venetian plaster, captures the essence of natural stone, adding depth and character to any space. Its unique formulation creates a distinctive texture that replicates the elegance of ancient plastering techniques.
  2. An Abundance of Shades to Complement Any Décor, with over 50 shades available in the Volare brochure, finding the perfect color to match your desired aesthetic becomes an exciting endeavor. Whether you seek warm earth tones or cool and contemporary hues, Volare offers a wide range of options to suit every taste.

Versatile Applications:

From Feature Walls to Bathrooms and Kitchens One of the remarkable qualities of Volare is its adaptability in different areas of your home. Its durability make it suitable for feature walls, and also the use in bathrooms, and even kitchen spaces. In fact, it is a suitable choice for bathrooms due to its durability and water resistance properties. When applied correctly and sealed with an appropriate protective layer, Medium Marmorino can withstand the humid environment of a bathroom.

  1. The composition of Medium Marmorino typically includes slaked lime, which naturally has antimicrobial properties, making it resistant to mold and mildew growth. This can be especially beneficial in bathroom settings where moisture and humidity are prevalent. When considering Medium Marmorino for a bathroom, it’s important to ensure proper surface preparation and application techniques to achieve a long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing result. By utilizing the appropriate sealer, you can protect the plaster and maintain its exquisite appearance. But we do not recommend where the water is penetrating the area like in a shower area or around the bath, there are other waterproof products out there for use in these areas like our Bi plasma 3D range and microcement products.
  • Ensuring Accurate Colour Selection with Tester Tubs to ensure the chosen colour accurately reflects your vision, we give you the option of purchasing tester tubs weighing 1kg. This enables you to apply a small sample on your desired surface/sample board, allowing you to see the colour in situ and make an informed decision before committing to larger quantities.
  • Other available Tub Sizes: Options to Suit any project Volare is conveniently available in 8kg and 20kg tubs, accommodating projects of various scales. Whether you’re embarking on a small accent wall or an extensive renovation, these tub sizes ensure you have the right quantity at your disposal.
  • Unlocking Endless Possibilities: Pairing Volare with other products one of the greatest advantages of Volare lies in its compatibility with various complementary products. For a truly bespoke finish, you can experiment with products like Dorotea and Mascara Bronze (to name a few), which offer metallic accents and transformative effects. These combinations allow you to create unique visual experiences and elevate your design to new heights.


Coverage estimate and considerations for different finishes when aiming for a smooth finish, Volare typically covers approximately 1.2m² per 1kg. However, when applying the plaster with more texture, the coverage will be less. It is essential to consider the desired texture and finish when estimating the required amount of Volare for your project.

Primer & Sealer

To enhance the application and performance of Volare, Loggia Industria Vernici offers a specially formulated primer called Primavolare/primainfinito. This primer, with its gritty consistency, perfectly complements both Volare and Infinito finishes. It creates an ideal base, providing improved adhesion and ensuring the longevity of your plaster project. This can be found from the link HERE

To ensure the longevity and protection of your Volare Loggia has developed a custom-made sealer called Volare Antiacqua that provides a breathable and water-repellent finish, safeguarding your surfaces from moisture while allowing them to breathe. The ease of application with a roller makes the process convenient and accessible. (please note Volare antiacqua is not a full waterproof sealer so is not for use in a shower area) You can find Volare antiacqua HERE

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Volare, a medium marmorino Venetian plaster, produced by Loggia Industria Vernici in Italy, unveils a world of possibilities for transforming your living spaces. With its stone-like finish, an extensive color palette, and adaptability to different areas, Volare serves as an exceptional choice for adding elegance and sophistication. Furthermore, its compatibility with other products opens doors to limitless creative opportunities. At Italiano Stucco, we proudly stock Volare, along with a range of other exquisite products, allowing you to explore the artistry of Venetian plaster to its fullest extent. 

Here to help you

We take pride in not only providing high-quality materials but also in helping educate our customers about the products we offer. We are always available to answer any questions you may have, ensuring that you have the knowledge and support to make informed decisions about your projects.

If you need training in these types of finishes we have a selection of courses available at Italiano Stucco. They range from introductory into Venetian, to courses focusing on textured finishes, polished, microcements. Take a look and if you need any help or want to know more please get in touch.

Embrace the beauty of Italian craftsmanship and embark on a journey of unparalleled design with Volare and our carefully curated selection of plaster finishes.

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Venetian Plaster – What is it? 

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Venetian Plaster – What is it?

Benefits, Usage, and more

People have always been attracted to shiny finishes.. and when you think of Venetian plaster you instantly think of shiny polished plaster but this isn’t the case. “Venetian plaster” is a term we use for all decorative finishes we offer which are pretty much endless, 

This is the most exciting thing about Venetian plaster, not only is it just high shine walls that are popular but textured finishes too! 

Matt finishes are becoming increasingly popular these days. Even in architecture and home decor, we see the years-old Venetian plastering finish gaining popularity all over the Uk.

With the cultural and technological transformation, even these old-age arts have improved quite a lot and it’s now easier than ever to give your home the same elegance and beauty as was seen in ancient architecture.

If you are thinking about decorating your walls with the glossy or matt look of Venetian plaster, this blog is a must-read for you.

We will be discussing the materials that give Venetian plaster its beauty, its benefits in your home, how to apply it, and how to keep it away from damage. So, let’s discuss what it is made of to start things off.

What Is Venetian Plaster?

Venetian plaster, marked in the industry by many different names like marble plaster, Marmorino, stucco, Italian plaster Decorative finishes or polished plaster, is a special type of plaster that is used to give a marble-like /Stone/concrete look and feel to walls and ceilings.

It is made of lime putty and marble dust and applied with a trowel in multiple thin layers that give an extremely smooth or textured surfaces which you be able to offer an array of amazing finishes

Pigments are often mixed with the plaster to give it vibrant colours. Our colour machine does this automatically once you have chosen the colour you require, or you can mix pigments yourself to create bespoke colours.

As well as finishing products such as Dorotea – a metallic finishing product that are applied over the like of our textured plaster’s (infinito and volare)

While acrylic resins can also be used to improve the look, when done correctly, the plaster can provide a deeply textured and smooth stone-like surface all by itself.

Venetian plaster, which originated in Venice, Italy, became exceedingly popular across the Roman Empire as a way to replicate natural stone surfaces in villas and churches. 

You can still visit the ancient buildings of Venice for a first-hand experience of its architectural depth that has made its way to the twenty-first century. 

It is still used in modern homes and restored buildings to give the marble look without having to go through the tedious process of applying the stone itself.

Benefits of using Venetian Plaster

Apart from the elegant look of Venetian plaster, there are a lot of benefits that it provides when applied to the walls and ceilings of your home. 

It is much better than simple paint in a lot of ways. Let’s discuss some of the benefits having Venetian plastering can provide.

The most attractive thing about plaster for people renovating their home is that it’s 

Environment Friendly

Because of the materials used in Venetian plaster, it is what you can call a “green” substance. Lime plaster is known to absorb CO2, this has two-fold benefits.

Not only do your walls become more rigid with time, but also reduces the amount of CO2 in your home. Acrylic paints, glues, and sealers all emit hazardous chemicals (i.e. VOCs), but Venetian plaster is toxic-free. It also cools surfaces and controls humidity by allowing moisture to pass through, making an area less hot and humid.

Lastly, its alkaline nature makes it an antibacterial surface preventing mould from growing on its surfaces and increasing the health of the residents.


Venetian plaster finishes are known as “lifetime finishes” because of a reason. The plaster, as previously mentioned, hardens more and more with time and is less prone to cracking and shrinking than cement finishes. Venetian plaster may appear to be more expensive than regular paint, but it is far more cost-effective in the long term because of this.

All-round Uses

Another advantage of Venetian plaster is that it is one of the most adaptable wall coverings. Is that is it can adear to most substrates  brick/ tiles / plasterboard & wall surfaces, as well as pre-existing interior walls and ceilings. It’s also the go-to way to decorate Metal columns and archways for many architects. 

It is all seamless, unlike wall paper where over time this starts to dry out and lose its adhere to the wall, decorative finishes does not.

Easy maintenance

Venetian polished plaster is a low-maintenance solution. Since this ornamental finish is mixed with many different pigments, it will remain for many years without fading, reducing the need to whitewash the walls.

Cleaning and maintenance are significantly easier as it dries faster and does not absorb dust. So, you can just dust it by giving a quick wipe down with a damp cloth.

Types Of Venetian Plaster Finishes

You can get any type of finish or design you want with Venetian plaster and your imagination is the only limit to these designs. 

Depending on the building and your choice, you can opt for any finish for your walls. 

Below are the three most popular finishes that are used around the world:

Infinito and Marmorino liquido


Marmorino is a material consisting of crushed marble and lime putty that may be coloured to produce a variety of colours.

This may be used to create a variety of patterns, ranging from polished marble to natural stone effects. Its impermeable, antimicrobial, and aesthetic features have made it a popular choice for luxury bathrooms, suites, and other areas around the home. 

Marmorino comes in fine, medium and coarse grain, all giving different finishes on the end result.

We stock Riflesso – fine marmorino, Volare – medium marmorino and Infinito – coarse marmorino

Velluto – velvet effect metallic plaster


These types of metallic paints/plasters are usually trowel or brush applied, usually mixed with a formulation of resins in water dispersion and special metallic pigments to create the luxurious products.

Can be used by itself or over other textured products – Dorotea is an easy application over Infinito or Volare 

There are many types to choose from ranging from textured paint called sharki which seems popular as creates a sand blast textured effect but with an overall metallic sheen.

Velluto- creates a velvet look on your wall by manipulating how you apply with the trowel.

Can I Apply Venetian Plaster Myself In My Home?

Applying Venetian plastering is an age-old art and the ancient practices for its application are still widely used in applying it. 

Some finishes aren’t extremely complicated process and can be done with little practice.

While there are professionals and companies providing services to decorate your walls with Venetian plaster, people nowadays prefer the DIY method.

If you are looking to get advanced finishes and a professional look with Venetian plaster, a short course would be a good place for you to start, so you can find out how to apply properly and get the confidence to create these finishes in your home or customers houses.

Check out our Venetian plastering courses and pick one that best suits you!

You will learn the application, space preparation and safety practices that need to be taken care of when applying Venetian plaster. 

Proper equipment is a necessity to make your finish look professional.

Firstly, you need a reliable source to buy authentic Venetian plaster and professional tools. Here at Italiano Stucco we pride ourselves on helping you from start to finish whether it be training courses, or buying products and Tools. 

How Expensive Is Venetian Plaster?

Well, this is the real question and one everyone wonders about when opting for Venetian plaster in their home. Venetian plaster application normally costs between £70 and £130 per m2, depending on the product you pick. 

The price varies largely based on the kind of finish you want, whether you add aggregates to the plaster and the condition of the walls and room you want to apply it on.

Yes, it does cost more than paint when you look at it as a brand new finish. But consider this: 

you will have to completely re-apply paint every 3 to 4 years to have fresh looking walls, while Venetian plaster is known for its long-lasting finishes.

This stucco does not fade or age with time. It is also extremely easy to clean and in case it’s damaged, repairing it is not a hassle at all, just some preperation

For this reason, Venetian plaster costs you a lot less than traditional paint applications in the long run. And it looks better too!


Venetian plaster is a great alternative to paint used in homes and public places alike. There are not only a number of designs and finish options available with Venetian plaster but it also gives a finer and smoother look than normal paint.

If you are looking to renovate your home or just simply refresh your walls, Venetian plaster is undoubtedly the right choice.

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Can Venetian Plaster Be Repaired?

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Can Venetian Plaster Be Repaired?

Bored of your dull walls? Wondering what will make them lively and refreshing to look at? Venetian plaster is definitely the right choice for you! It is an extremely beautiful and bespoke finish that gives your walls more than just colours. There are many different types of decorative finishes available for your walls to create an art piece.

But beauty is not the only good thing about Venetian plaster. It is called a “lifetime finish” and rightly so as it is extremely durable and does not need re-application every few years like paint. Cleaning plaster is extremely easy too with just a damp cloth and even that can be eradicated with a wax finish. If Venetian plaster is applied correctly, it is safe to say that it will last a lifetime.

But in case there were flaws in the application of plaster or your walls have become old, cracks can start to appear in your walls. In this post, we will talk about what causes these cracks to appear and how you can repair them.

Maintenance Of Venetian Plaster

Some of the causes discussed above are surely out of your control but you can prevent your walls from getting damaged and last long by following some techniques.

Let’s discuss a few here:

  • Try to avoid pressure and sudden jerks to the plaster. Venetian plaster generally gets damaged around doors that open and close frequently. You should install door stops to prevent this.
  • In the hallways where venetian plaster is applied right down till the floor, it is a good idea to use a wax finish or protective edging & corner guards.
  • Use water or mild soap only to clean the plaster with soft wool cloth preferably, anything else can damage the finish like bleach or abrasive cleaners.
  • Make sure to dry the plaster thoroughly after you are done cleaning it. This adds to its water resisting nature and will make it more rigid rather than soft.

How To Repair Venetian Plaster Cracks?

So, now we come down to the main point of the article. You took care of your walls and did everything in your power to protect them but your old Venetian plastered walls now have cracks reducing the beauty of the room.

The beauty of Venetian plaster lies in the fact that it can be easily repaired and brought to its original beauty.

If you had some professional or plastering company apply your plaster, it would be a good approach to have them over to repair cracks. In some cases, they might have some warranty/offer to help you with managing the cost.

But if you are an applicator and have already experienced the process once, you know the basics of it. To be able to repair the wall you need to know the colour you used previously otherwise you will see the patch, it is always easier if the wall has been applied with 2 tone effect as it is easier to blend in.

Let’s discuss the steps of repairing Venetian plaster so you can easily repair the area:

  • If the wall has wax on this needs to be sanded off first
  • Apply a putty like flystuk to close the crack/problem area using a spatula/trowel. Spread it evenly on the damaged area and try to smooth it out to the same level as the surrounding wall.
  • Sand the flystuk using an up-and-down motion of the hand to make it smooth. 
  • Use a cloth to remove any dust that remains because of sanding.
  • Then comes the step to apply Venetian plaster over the drywall. This step is extremely delicate because if not done properly can lead to decolouration of the walls. Only use a “steel” spatula to apply plaster to the wall.
  • Apply as many layers of plaster as mentioned on the packaging of your plaster type (usually 2 to 3 coats) but you might need more.
  • Wait at least 12 hours between each layer to let the plaster dry. If you do all these steps right, your wall would be as good as new!
  • Polished plaster is not very forgiving and is always the trickiest to repair, whereas the textured finishes you will find a lot easier.

So, these are the simple steps you need to follow to repair those nasty little cracks in your walls so they are beautiful and elegant again.

If you feel like you need some guidance to go through with this, it is worth looking at our collection of Venetian plastering courses. You can easily find one that suits you. Taking a refresher course can prove to be immensely helpful when going about fixing your sweet home.


Venetian plaster is an exceptionally durable material and its life can be even prolonged by using maintenance tips.

It is a good idea to deal with the plaster with care just like you would any other wall covering even though it lasts long. Even if it does get damaged, repairing is easy and can be done in a few simple steps. Hope our article helps!