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Everything You Need to Know About the Limewash Trend

Everything You Need to Know About the Limewash Trend

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Limewash is made by crushing and burning limestone, which is then mixed with water to form a paste. Limewash has been around for quite some time. It died out in the 80s, but has seen a resurgence in recent years. Limewash is known for its chalky, nuanced texture with an old-world charm. In its original form, limewash is off-white. Limewash colors are obtained by adding alkali-resistant pigments, usually made from natural earth pigments, to it.

Read on to learn the benefits of limewash and why so many painters are seeing an increasing trend of limewash usage among Santa Rosa homeowners.


Limewash is known for its ability to add depth to walls. It is arguably one of the most environmentally friendly and sustainable treatment you can apply to your walls. Limewash is non-toxic, does not contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and is breathable. Due to its high pH level, limewash is bacteria- and mold-resistant while also being hypoallergenic.

The paint is fit for both indoor and outdoor use. Unlike regular paint that sits on top, limewash paint soaks in and can be used to give porous materials such as brick, stone, and plaster a refreshing new look. With the right mineral-based primer, you can even apply limewash to drywall.

How to Apply Limewash Paint?

Limewash paint is generally applied with a wide, long-haired paintbrush that allows for larger strokes, instead of a roller. Depending on the brand, you will need two to four coats of limewash for full coverage. Before applying a coat, make sure the previous coat has completely dried.

For the carbonation process, limewash should be applied on a wet surface. Before applying the second coat to a wall and after the final coat has completely dried, mist spray it with water. This allows limewash to achieve its unique mottled and velvety appearance.

Where Should I Use Limewash Paint?

If you have an oversized living room with tall ceilings, you can use limewash paint to add warmth and improve its mood. Limewash can help create a calming, serene, and relaxed environment in bedrooms.

When painting your bathroom, you can use limewash paint to create a dramatic effect. Consider a saturated black color or any other dark color. Dark, dramatic tones in the powder room feel less intense and overpowering and can help create a non-conventional look.

In addition to complementing the look of your kitchen, limewash can act as a natural air filter, helping remove cooking odors. The kitchen is one of the most humid rooms in a home and is prone to mold, mildew, and bacterial growth. Since limewash is mold- and bacteria-resistant it can help keep your kitchen germ-free.

Mike Chavez Painting is a renowned painting contractor in Santa Rosa. Our painters use tried and tested methods and advanced painting qtools designed to help ensure paint adheres properly. To request an estimate, call (707) 623-5850.