Lacquer. As old as time, yet trending. Classic, yet fresh. Sophisticated, yet lively. This shiny paint finish is a powerful and beyond beautiful way to bring movement to a space and make it a showstopper. Today, the lustrous finish is having resurgence in popularity.
High shine surfaces are having their real design moment right now. Here are a few examples of surfaces that wow with their glossy goodness.
BACKDROP FOR ARTWORK
In a small space, light bounces off lacquer black walls to create such a shiny environment that any paintings and prints displayed there will stand out far more than if the walls were white. The black of the walls acts like a giant frame around the paintings.
All the walls, doors, built-ins and even the ceiling are covered in the same bold lacquer paint. Lacquered surfaces reflect light, so even a deep blue color doesn’t look too dark.
HIGH GLOSS DECORATION
Lacquered (aka high gloss) walls and ceilings have been a hot look in decorating for some time, and it’s a trend that appears to have staying power. And if you prefer to tone down a bit, paint the closets could be the answer.
MAKE WHITE EVEN MORE POP
When using a very bold wall hue and finishes, even white can feel radical next to it without a little thought. Using white in a variety of forms results in a look that remains bold but doesn’t feel garish.
Covered walls in this dining room in a bold lacquered turquoise paint are demands attention. The floral patterned drapes and contemporary brass chandelier are other standouts.
GO GLOSSY WHITE ON THE CEILING
For an authentic cottage feeling in your master bedroom, install boards in plank-style fashion onto the ceiling and paint them a high gloss lacquer white to let them shine.
SMALL STUFF FOR A BIG STATEMENT
A bombe chest which we had lacquered in black and placed an oversized chair covered in faux white fur. The front door was painted in black and white. Even the small console could make a noticeable impact.
LACQUER GENERATES ENERGY
Light reflecting off that shiny surface quickens the pulse of a space, so be cautious about using lacquer in bedrooms and other areas where you might prefer to relax. And the dining room is in need for that high energy.
TOUCH OF DRAMA
Any room or even hallway that needs a touch of drama, of light, of specialness, would benefit from a coat (or many) of high-gloss paint.
A normally restful hue roars to life under its shiny topcoat. Lacquer can be an ideal choice for spaces such as this dining room, adding dimension and depth.
True lacquer, used for millennia by the Chinese and seen in some of the most amazing heritage palaces, was until very recently limited to a combination of resins and solvents, magically combined by craftsmen to create the deep lustrous sheen beloved by kings and emperors.