In an era where consumers are hyper-conscious of going green, not only for their own health reasons but also to help the environment, choosing an alternative for wall coverings that is truly from the earth is a viable option. Using products that are recognized as creating a healthier living space will ultimately increase the value of your home, if you decide to sell in the future.

Clay plaster has been used for wall finishing for centuries and is still used today for many reasons, not the least of which is versatility. As a unique option for adding texture and style to your walls, clay plaster is available in a variety of colors to suit all decors. You can also use stain or regular paint to match the walls with existing features of your home.

If you have any D.I.Y. inclinations, applying clay plaster to walls is a simple process using a trowel over drywall, brick or existing plaster. While clay plaster is a good option for creating a unique look to any wall, it can also be used for other purposes, including finishing drywall seams.

A clay plaster application can give the impression of depth and a warm glow to otherwise ordinary walls. One company offers additional components to the clay to create a tactile surface, including shredded straw, crushed shells or glass chips. Another option in this line gives a finish resembling honed marble. Because clay takes a long time to dry, any applications that are not suitable in your eyes can be easily changed (within the drying time), or plastered over in the future.

Clay plaster is a naturally sourced application, is recyclable and has no VOCs, therefore it qualifies as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-recognized product, meaning this part of the home is certified as green in the construction or home building industry. Clay plaster is also non-flammable, non-toxic, pest resistant and hypoallergenic. One minor drawback for people who are chemically sensitive is that clay walls contain a small amount of borax, a natural mineral used as an anti-molding agent.

An additional bonus for using clay plaster walls will be the reduction of your heating or cooling bills. As moisture is absorbed and released when the interior temperatures change, your walls will often be naturally warmer in the winter and cooler on summer days. This moisture transfer component makes clay walls a good choice for bathrooms as well.

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