The look of Lacquer is glossy, refined and very striking in an elegant way. Lacquer walls reflect light beautifully and the layers draw you in with their depth. The mirror-like reflective quality expands a space and lends an incredible air of cozy sophistication. True lacquer was harvested in both China and Japan and while those original, historic materials are now considered toxic, the modern lacquered wall is usually created with both an eco-friendly high-gloss paint and topcoat. It’s a breathtaking wall paint treatment whose finish is unlike any other.
Design by Miles Redd
Home of Jackie Astier
Damask Lacquer Wall via Traditional Home
Traditionally, wall surfaces need to be free of imperfections for a lacquer finish to be successful. The glossiness tends to feature any defect – though many feel that lacquer on an uneven wall lends an air of history and personality to a space. Creating a perfect lacquer finish, however, requires a labor-intensive, repetitive regimen that includes the spraying of multiple layers of paint and varnish on ultra-smooth walls with wet sanding in between. Color is also a consideration as when light tones are used, non-yellowing top-coats will need to be incorporated. When the process is completed, the resulting surface should have a luminous glass-like patina.
Design by Kemble Interiors
Via Bohl Architects
Design by Thom Filicia as featured in Habitually Chic
Although walls are the most popular surface for a lacquer finish, floors, ceilings and cabinetry are perfect recipients as well. High gloss ceilings have a very artistic feel and tend to make the walls appear taller. When used on a floor or furniture built-ins, the areas take center stage, but maintenance is always a key consideration. As with walls, however, the high-shine effect is unexpected, luxurious and completely charming.
Design by Miles Redd
Design by Pamplemousse Design, Inc.
The high-glitz style of lacquered surfaces has been on trend for a few years. It’s a design that can be both calming and also have a sparkly verve of pop. Many modern designers use the look to make a sensational statement and most love the bedazzling effect given both day and night. One could also go for a ‘lacquer light’ finish with tone-on-tone glossy stripes or stenciling. Have you been inspired to add a little shine to your space?