Learning from the best – how Kelly Hoppen uses stucco
Kelly Hoppen is one of my all time favourite designers – I think I have all her books and have studied them many times over! One of the many things I love learning from her is her quest for the absolute best quality of design ingredients and how when you have that quality you can easily achieve an understated elegance in your home’s interiors. You don’t need pattern or loud elements when you use the best materials – they will shine all by themselves. Leather floor treatment, mother of pearl inlay in walls, silk carpet, silk velvet upholstery etc etc. I’ve learnt so much from reading her books, with her apps etc. Stucco is another one of those finishes that she uses, that is understated but so beautiful when you look closely!
So, what is stucco?
Basically, stucco is a form of plaster finish. It’s applied wet and dries (fairly quickly) to be quite hard! Traditionally it was applied in 3 layers but today, it’s usually done in one, with various additives (pigments, fibres etc)to achieve different textures, hues and other effects. Even snippets of metallic paper! Usually, it is then finished in bees wax which gives it a soft finish. Clear sealers can also be applied – especially if the stucco is applied in a bathroom or other wet area. For more info, this Wiki article is quite interesting!
Stucco offers so many options!
Because it is made of plaster, you can apply various patterns or textures to it. I once saw this amazing project where they’d built a new house to look like an ancient Italian castle. They added coffee to the plaster to give it that ancient stained hue and they applied it and in some sections pulled it off (to look like it had fallen off over years). It was incredible! You can also use it in bathrooms (you’d use a clear sealer to protect it against moisture).
Here’s a couple of photos of Kelly Hoppen’s work that shows how lovely stucco is for interior walls!
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