For people who are looking for a really exciting, attractive design alternative that is also practical and suitable for a range of applications, tadelakt is something that is definitely worth considering. Read on to find out more about tadelakt.
It’s from Morocco
Tadelakt has its origins in Morocco. To be precise, it comes from the Marrakech region of Morocco. It is also starting to become more popular in Europe, so it’s definitely worth finding out about as it’s long been used as a great design solution. But what is it?
Essentially, it is a type of lime-based plaster that looks a little bit like marble. Its unusual finish makes it very different from more common plasters that we often see in houses, and it is definitely very attractive to look at.
It’s very versatile
The fact that it is versatile is one of the biggest benefits of using tadelakt and is certainly one of its selling points. For instance, it can be used both inside and outside. It’s also waterproof, which is why it is so often used for things such as swimming pools. In domestic settings, it is commonly used for bathrooms, including for baths, sinks, wet rooms and shower cubicles.
One top tip: if you are planning to use tadelakt plaster in an area that gets wet often (as your bathroom probably does), it’s important to take extra preparatory precautions to make sure you get the most out of its properties.
It looks amazing
Its aesthetic appeal is another of tadelakt’s big selling points. It’s available in a range of colours, which are created by tinting the material, so if you have a particular colour in mind you should be able to find a shade to suit you.
Many people like to take inspiration from tadelakt’s Moroccan roots by going for gorgeously warm colours, such as sea blues, sunset yellows and fiery reds. Another popular option is to go for cool, pale colours such as slate grey, which look fantastic with any design scheme and provide a sophisticated style alternative.
The smooth finish of tadelakt is another aesthetic benefit, and it also has a practical bonus: grout lines in surface finishes can often trap mould, but this isn’t an issue with tadelakt.
It’s easy to care for
Cleaning is one of those things that isn’t terribly exciting and yet we all have to do it. The good news for people who have tadelakt surfaces is that it is very simple to care for. Tadelakt is finished with a soap solution that helps to protect it (you should be given this soap when the work is carried out). This is a bonus as it helps to stop the build-up of grime and means that a sponge and water is usually enough to keep it clean.
You also need to regularly reapply the soap solution to keep the tadelakt in top condition and to protect the plaster.
It has green credentials
Many people are now looking for ways they can limit their impact on the environment and reduce their carbon footprint. Tadelakt can help you to do this as it is biodegradable and can be recycled. Also, as it is lime-based, it reabsorbs a lot of the CO2 produced in its manufacturing process and, when compared to cement-based finishes, releases 80% less CO2.
This means that if you are after an attractive finish that you can personalise in terms of colour while still being kind to the environment, tadelakt is a plaster finish that is definitely worth paying attention to.