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Lime washing is an ancient technique that dates back centuries. It involves using a mixture of natural lime and water to create a beautiful, breathable finish for your walls. This eco-friendly method not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of your property but also helps protect the underlying structure.

Transform your space with the natural charm of lime washing.

At Lime Plastering Wales, we specialise in bringing traditional craftsmanship and modern elegance together through the art of lime washing. Whether you're looking to revive a heritage building or add character to a new construction, our team offers comprehensive lime washing services tailored to your needs:

  • Exterior Lime Washing: Protect and beautify your building's facade with our durable lime wash coatings.

  • Interior Lime Washing: Create a soothing atmosphere indoors with our premium lime wash finishes.

What is Lime washing?

Why Choose Lime washing?

Lime wash is an excellent choice for homeowners, designers, and restoration specialists seeking a versatile and eco-friendly wall finish. This ancient technique is particularly suitable for those looking to enhance the aesthetics of historic or period properties, as it authentically replicates traditional lime-based coatings used throughout history. Lime wash is also ideal for modern homes aiming to achieve a unique, artisanal look with a soft, matte texture. It's especially beneficial in climates where moisture management is essential, as lime wash allows walls to breathe, reducing the risk of trapped moisture and mould growth.

Timeless Elegance

Achieve a unique, soft finish that complements both contemporary and historic properties. For those desiring a classic or rustic look, lime wash offers a soft, textured appearance that enhances the charm of traditional or period-style homes.

Breathable Walls

Lime washing allows your walls to breathe, reducing moisture buildup and promoting a healthier indoor environment. In areas with high humidity or where moisture control is crucial, lime wash's breathable properties help regulate moisture levels within walls, reducing the risk of dampness and mold.

Environmentally Friendly, Non Toxic

Our lime wash is crafted from sustainable materials, making it a green choice for your home. Families or individuals seeking non-toxic alternatives for wall finishes can benefit from lime wash, which is free from harmful chemicals and VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

Customisable Colours

Explore a spectrum of subtle hues to find the perfect match for your style. Lime wash is available in a range of colours and can be layered for unique effects, making it suitable for creating personalised and distinctive interior or exterior finishes.


Whether you're renovating a heritage building, adding character to a contemporary space, or simply seeking a sustainable and customisable wall treatment, lime wash offers a timeless solution that beautifully merges aesthetics with functionality. Consider Lime Plastering Wales to provide your lime wash when you want to achieve a distinctive, historic, or environmentally friendly look for your property while ensuring long-lasting protection and beauty for your walls. If you're unsure whether lime wash is suitable for your specific project, our team of experts can provide tailored advice and solutions.

Using a mix of traditional and modern materials and methods, we have been restoring, conserving and repairing period and historic properties, across Wales and South West England for over 20 years. Lime wash is made from slaked lime (calcium hydroxide) and water.  We mix hydrated lime with water to create a smooth, lump-free mixture. The ratio of lime to water can vary based on the desired consistency and coverage. The lime wash process involves several key steps and methods to achieve a beautiful and durable finish on walls.

Our lime wash process

  • Surface Cleaning: Ensure the wall is clean and free from dust, dirt, and loose debris. 

  • Repair Any Damages: Address cracks or imperfections in the wall by filling them with appropriate materials and allowing them to dry completely.


  • Regular Cleaning: Lime wash surfaces can be maintained by gently cleaning with a soft brush or damp cloth to remove dust and dirt.

  • Touch-ups: Periodically inspect the lime wash for any signs of wear or damage and touch up as necessary to maintain its appearance and protective qualities.


  • Burnishing (Optional): For a smoother and more polished appearance, we can lightly polish the dried lime wash surface using a fine sponge or cloth.

  • Sealing (Optional): Depending on the desired finish and level of protection, you may choose a breathable sealer or wax over the lime wash to enhance durability and resistance to moisture.

Finishing Touches

  • First Coat: We apply the first coat of lime wash evenly onto the wall working in small sections to ensure full coverage.

  • Drying Time: The drying time can vary depending on humidity levels and wall porosity.

  • Subsequent Coats: Apply additional coats of lime wash to achieve the desired colour depth and coverage. 


    • Yes, lime wash can be applied to both interior and exterior walls. It is a versatile finish that offers breathable protection and a beautiful aesthetic for various surfaces.

    • The longevity of lime wash on walls depends on factors such as weather conditions, wall preparation, and maintenance. Generally, lime wash can last several years and may require periodic touch-ups or reapplications to maintain its appearance and protective qualities.

    • Lime wash is best applied to porous surfaces such as bare masonry, plaster, or previously lime-washed walls. It may not adhere well to sealed or non-porous surfaces like glossy paint. Proper surface preparation is essential for a successful lime wash application.

    • Lime wash is available in a range of natural and earthy tones. When choosing a color, consider the overall aesthetic of your space and desired atmosphere. It's recommended to test small samples on the wall to see how the color looks in different lighting conditions before applying it to the entire surface.

    • Yes, lime wash is considered an eco-friendly choice for wall finishes. It is made from natural materials, emits minimal VOCs (volatile organic compounds), and can be recycled or repurposed. Lime wash also contributes to healthier indoor air quality by allowing walls to breathe and reducing moisture buildup.



As accredited tradesmen, we take pride in the quality of our limework and plastering services.

Call the experts on 01873 877 556 | Free quotes on request

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