Tadelakt: 6 Things you Need to Know

The current trend of a greener, healthier and modern bohemian home aligns directly with the Moroccan plaster used for traditional home interiors. You will find an increasing number of designers and home owners borrowing Tadelakt plaster for their home projects. While mosaic tiles with oriental patterns are pretty popular among those decorating their homes in a Moroccan style tadelakt is the new product to look out for.

6 things you need to know about tadelalt

6 things you need to know about tadelalt

What is Tadelakt?

The term Tadelakt translates to “to rub in”. Tadelakt was used as a coating for palaces, bathrooms and hammams of the riads and even courtyards in Marrakech. With the restoration projects of the riads, the use of the plaster emerged again. The waterproof plaster is perfect for sinks, interior and even exterior walls. It is known for its durability.

Tadelakt has become a popular trend for modern bathrooms and living rooms. It is eco-friendly product that provides a luxury and decorative finish to walls. Its versatility and seamless application makes it a good choice for your home.

Ease of application

Tadelakt plaster is beautiful and flexible. It is soft and applied as a paste. Since it seamlessly forms curves and shapes the application, though time consuming, is very easy. The traditional application involves river stone polish that gives it the right smoothness.

Natural finish

The plaster gives your walls a natural appearance. Since it comes from a time when glass and plastic wasn’t in use, it has its own old fashioned charm. The beautiful finish can be achieved without any grout lines. Tadelakt lime plaster is perfect for blank walls you intend on filling with wall décor as it provides a stunning background.

Yves Saint Laurent's Villa Mabrouka in Tangier, Morocco with Tadelakt Plaster

Yves Saint Laurent’s Villa Mabrouka in Tangier, Morocco with Tadelakt Plaster

Trendy Kitchens

Your kitchen could benefit from the rustic feel the plaster gives off. A tadelakt kitchen can have a sink, walls and even a counter made with the lime plaster or you would pair the smooth walls with wooden cabinets and a dark color scheme.

Liza Bruce's Stylish Moroccan Kitchen, Elle Decor

Liza Bruce’s Stylish Moroccan Kitchen, Elle Decor

Modern Rooms

If you are looking for a ‘modern meets earthen’ style for your bedroom, a tadelakt living room might just be the best option. It will be like you are stepping into a room in a Middle Eastern palace. Pick colors like cool blues, reds and emerald greens to brighten up the living space.

Moroccan Living Room designed by London-based interior designer Katharine Pooley

Moroccan Living Room designed by London-based interior designer Katharine Pooley

Mediterranean baths

An exotic tadelakt bathroom is just what you need to feel pampered after a bath. A tadelakt shower is water tight and ideal for wet rooms just the way it used to be in traditional baths. Give your bathroom a makeover with polished plaster.

Moroccan Red Bathroom, Photo via decor4all.com

Moroccan Red Bathroom, Photo via decor4all.com

blue Moroccan Bathroom

Tadelakt projects are labor intensive as it takes a lot to achieve the beautiful finish. While tadelakt prices may not be on the lower side, it is worth the investment for your home.


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