Everything You Need to Know About Limewash Paint: Remodeling 101

When it comes to painting, do the Belgians know the best? Mineral-Based Natural Lime Whitewash is a Belgian basic with a chalky, nuanced texture that only gets better with age. Eco-friendly and used for centuries, limewash is one of the original paints for the home. Should he be on your shortlist?

A whitewashed wall in a room by Axel Vervoordt.  See more of the Belgian design impresario & # 8
Above: A whitewashed wall in a room by Axel Vervoordt. To learn more about the work of the Belgian design impresario, check out our article on the Penthouse Suite at the Greenwich Hotel in New York which he designed for Robert De Niro.

What is limewash?

An old household staple dating back to Roman times, limewash is made from limestone that has been crushed, burnt, and mixed with water to make a lime putty. The mastic is aged then diluted with water and colored with natural pigments. Limewash creates marbled, matte surfaces with a chalky texture like suede. It gives depth and brightness to flat walls.

Limewash creates a textured and shaded effect.  Photograph of Kalklitir, a lime painting company.
Above: Limewash creates a textured, ombre effect. Photograph of Kalklitir, a lime painting company.

Is limewash environmentally friendly?

Free from the solvents that have propelled paints to the top of the household environmental hazard list, traditional limewash is made from natural lime and natural pigments. Even some modern varieties that contain additional binders use mineral additives that preserve ecological attributes.

The high pH of lime means that microorganisms cannot survive, which adds a hypoallergenic quality. Proponents also claim that limewash has a chemical makeup that removes odors (and harmful CO2), improving indoor air quality.

Light-colored lime walls at Moka & Vanille Bed & Breakfast in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium.
Above: Light colored limewash walls at Bed & Breakfast Moka & Vanille in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium.

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