Clay Plaster: Pros, Cons and Where to Use it

a wall with a clay plaster finish
(Image credit: Fernando Manoso for McMahon Architecture)

Clay plaster might be a big trend in interior design right now, but it's nothing new —in fact, clay plasters have been used in the building of shelters for over 9,000 years.

This huge resurgence in interest for using this material for plastering walls in recent years is thanks not only to its characterful finish, but also its eco-friendly qualities that make it both more environmentally friendly and healthier to use in the home. 

Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is editor of sister title and former digital editor of He has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs, Essential Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms and Good Homes. Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer, having designed and managed projects ranging from single rooms to whole house renovations and large extensions. He's currently renovating his own Victorian terrace in Essex, DIYing as much of the work as possible. He's recently finished his kitchen renovation, which involved knocking through walls, and landscaping a courtyard garden, and is currently working on a bathroom renovation.