Ten calm interiors with natural clay wall finishes that don’t need painting

In this special natural finish lookbook sponsored by the Clayworks brand, we selected 10 interiors from our archives that have walls covered with the brand’s clay plaster.

Clay surfaces are a healthy, breathable alternative to paint or wallpaper on interior walls and ceilings. Naturally pigmented and free of toxic ingredients, they are made from natural materials, do not need to be painted and are compostable.

Clayworks plaster surfaces are manufactured in Cornwall, England. Here are 10 houses, restaurants and offices that showcase their products.

Porteous’ studio, Edinburgh, by Izat Arundell

The design studio Izat Arundell transformed this former blacksmith’s workshop in Edinburgh into a compact apartment with a subdued range of materials.

The walls have been finished with clay-based plaster to achieve a calm shade. A simple palette made of stone and wood creates a natural overall feel.

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Birch and clay Refugio, London, by Rise Design Studio

As the name suggests, clay surfaces are used extensively in this renovated and expanded London apartment called the Birch and Clay Refugio.

The kitchen has light gray plaster walls, while a soothing light gray-green shade has been used for the master bedroom and a light pastel pink color for the children’s room.

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Sticks n Sushi, London, by Norm Architects

This London sushi restaurant by Danish studio Norm Architects was designed to offer a number of rooms, each with its own atmosphere.

Light clay surfaces have been used in the larger, more open restaurant areas, with darker tones applied to create a more intimate atmosphere in the private dining areas.

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Mud walls in a Devon passive house

Devon Passive House, Devon, McLean Quinlan

This low, passive house by McLean Quinlan sits behind a red brick wall that obscures the textured interior and the ornate, hidden courtyard.

The studio wanted to create a “calm” environment in the house by combining coarsely sawn oak floors with clay plaster walls and charred wooden cabinets.

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Dulong Store, Copenhagen, by Norm Architects

Norm Architects combined natural materials to create a calm finish for this jewelry showroom in Copenhagen that was informed by modernist artist studios.

The studio used a light clay plaster with a smooth surface as the backdrop for the oak flooring and travertine furniture store.

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Barbican Apartment, London, by Takero Shimazaki Architects

Takero Shimazaki Architects was briefed by a client with close ties to Japan about the interior design of this apartment in the Barbican estate in central London.

Throughout the apartment, the studio aimed to harmonize the Japanese architectural language with the concrete structure of the brutalist Barbican complex. Walls refined with clay were combined with tatami mats and numerous wooden surfaces.

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Hoof Cafe, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, by Bone

Design studio Bone used rustic clay plaster for the walls of this cafe in the United Arab Emirates as part of their design that is reminiscent of horse stables.

The Spartan café, named Hoof, has been outfitted with blocky, hand-brushed steel countertops to contrast the naturally refined walls.

Learn more about Hoof Cafe ›

Mud wall in the bathroom

Highgate Home, London, from House of Gray

Interiors Studio House of Gray selected the furnishings and fittings for this London home with the health of its residents and the health of the planet in mind.

In addition to custom-made wooden furniture and a bed padded with coconut shell fibers, the walls of the house are clad in natural clay.

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Leaf House, London, by Szczepaniak Astridge

Designed as a peaceful South London retreat, this loft extension includes a master bedroom with an emphasis on a wooden bath with views over London.

The Japanese interior design and sustainability were important for the selection of materials for the loft, the roof and walls of which are covered with clay.

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Clay House, London, by Simon Astridge

Architect Simon Astridge used coarse layers of clay to line the walls of this one bedroom apartment on the top floor of a Victorian terraced house in London.

The material, appropriately named Clay House, was used to give an unfinished look to the walls and ceilings of the open plan living space and to create a serene atmosphere in the bedroom.

Learn more about Clay House ›

This is the latest in our line of lookbooks that provide curated visual inspiration from Dezeen’s image archive. For more inspiration, check out previous lookbooks that featured green kitchens, peaceful bedrooms, serene living rooms, and colorful kitchens.

This lookbook was created by Dezeen for Clayworks as part of a partnership. More information on Dezeen partnership content can be found here.

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