Why raw walls are all the rage

Forget paint — the focus is on pure plaster, lime textures and clay. It’s au naturel or nothing now

Martina LeesThe Sunday Times

The writing is on the walls of Instagram. Natural wall finishes such as clay and lime form a soothing backdrop to interiors. Tranquil yet textured, like living in a Rothko painting, raw walls are more than a fad. They are good for the planet, good for your health — and yes, they look good too, paired with calming styles from Japandi to cottagecore. In minimalist or modern homes that can easily feel stark, raw walls add an air of handcrafted authenticity.

“I can’t even tell you the last time we’ve used wallpaper,” says Louisa Grey, the founder of House of Grey, which specialises in natural, restorative interior design. Traditional wall finishes such as tadelakt, clay plaster and limewash are her go-to choices. Inquiries are up


Why raw walls are all the rage