Recommendations for Simple and Elegant Decorative Plaster Mould Designs

Blog |May 16th, 2019

Plaster as a decorative element has been the mainstay of architecture since ancient times. Employed to exacting and elegant effect by the Greeks, Romans, Indians, and many other civilisations, plaster became a commonplace building and decorative material with a myriad of applications and uses.

Plaster has experienced several eras of highs and lows, and various cultures throughout history has employed it at one period of their development or another. The heyday of plaster mouldings has been the Baroque Period and the pre-French Revolutionary eras, which helped to showcase some of the finest examples of plasterwork to date.

The practice of incorporating plasterwork into interior décor and exterior facades grew out of popularity during the heyday of the First World War, when resources and materials became exceedingly limited. This, along with the limited number of skilled craftsmen who still had the skills to execute the craft properly, resulted in the dwindling of the practice. It would not be until the present day that a slow but strong resurgence in the popularity of plaster mouldings would recur.

Today, the availability of plaster, as well as the improved automation of mould casting, the possibility of replicating a myriad of plaster mouldings easily and in large numbers, is now the norm. This has resulted in cheaper plaster mouldings and other such décor that are of no lesser quality-wise than the artisanal plaster décor of earlier eras.

If you are looking to decorate with plaster mouldings, then you may have contemplated on investing in the richly ornate and highly decorative pieces that have been a mainstay of stereotypical plasterwork. While these have aesthetic advantages, simple decorative moulds also have aesthetic virtues that ought to be considered.

Here are some tips for decorating with simple mouldings, rather than ornate ones:

• Add elegance and class to a limited space – while plaster décor is commonly thought of as something belonging to large spaces, even a small space can be improved with a little plasterwork. Smaller spaces benefit from the simplicity of plain plasterwork, since the crisp, clean lines do not detract from the elegance it adds, nor does it give off an ‘overstuffed’ feeling or appearance.

• Hide haphazard paint jobs and surface damage – simple plasterwork can be used to effectively hide ugly paint jobs and mars on your walls. Cracks, peeling paints, or irreparable damage can be ‘fixed’ or hidden away with well-placed plasterwork.


  • White walls with white plaster designs– white walls decorated with white plaster designs create standout and beautiful effects. Whether it’s for a home or a public place like hotels and restaurants, white walls with white plaster designs project a classic ambiance that imbibes the sophisticated style of the Victorian era.


If you are looking for an excellent resource for affordable, beautiful, and high-quality plasterwork, then visit Hopkins Plaster Studio today.

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