Homeowners and renters are faced with many questions when painting their living spaces: Is the paint safe for me and my family? Should I be concerned about VOCs? And how should I dispose of the paint I have left over? While there’s no shortage of water-based and low-VOC paint options on the market, a growing number of Americans are exploring a unique and 100 percent natural alternative – painting interior walls with clay.
Homepage Image: Selina Hoit/Creative Juices Decor
Painting with clay
Mud plasters, which are typically made from loam clay and sand, have been around for centuries. But former decorative artist and wall finisher Croft Elsaesser was having trouble finding an easy-to-use, consistent plaster product. So, in 2002, he made his own.
The result? American Clay – a clay-based earth plaster with zero chemical additives that’s far easier to apply than standard plasters.
Since it hit the market, American Clay has developed a following of greenies, architects and artists alike, including interior designer Selina Hoit – whose clay-painted home is featured in this slideshow.
Along with admiring her gorgeous decor (she is an interior designer, after all), take notice of the stunning clay-painted walls – which add an organic, welcoming feel to the home.