What is Limewash Paint? Here's What you Need to Know

a bedroom and hallway painted with limewash
(Image credit: Francesca's Paint)

Limewash paint is best known as a finish for traditional building materials and renders, such as lime plaster. However, as textured wall finishes have grown in popularity, limewash has had a resurgence for use in the home. 

However, painting a wall with limewash is a different process than when using a standard emulsion paint, and the resulting finish has vastly different properties. 

Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is editor of sister title Livingetc.com and former digital editor of homebuilding.co.uk. 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.