Do you crave a look that will make your interior unforgettable and extravagant? Look no further than a lacquered finish.
It’s so bold that you can either love it or hate it – there’s nothing in between. Lacquered surfaces gained huge popularity lately – they’re an ultra stylish way to say goodbye to matte which was dominating the interior decor design trends for decades. Surprisingly, it’s not such a new trend as lacquered furniture were really popular among the rich in the seventeenth century in Europe. In that era, the high gloss finish was achieved by using a technique developed in China – it required applying the sap of the lacquer tree onto the wooden surface. Nowadays you don’t have to mimic this time-consuming process as you can just go to the store and buy a can of high-gloss paint which will let you paint not only wood but also many more surfaces such as the walls as well as metal, plastic etc.
The lacquer finish is very durable which means it works well even in high traffic areas. Plus it makes every color seem even deeper and juicier. It also reflects the objects around it, so when you use it on walls, make sure that the rest of the decor looks good when mirrored in them. Lacquer looks stunning during the day, but after the sun down it can look even better if you plan your lighting fixtures in a way that accentuates its unique beauty.
There aren’t many downsides of going for a high-gloss finish and surely they all are worth bearing with to get that show-stopping final effect. First of all, you should know that high-gloss paints tend to be more expensive than the normal ones. Plus as the lacquered surfaces are ruthless when it comes to showing all of the imperfections, you’ll be better off with hiring a trusted professional to have your walls prepped and painted. Believe me, painting anything with a mirror-shine paint is not DIY-friendly – it requires some experience, proper technique, and tools (it’s applied by spraying it on, not with a brush or a paint roller) to achieve that flawless finish. And last but not least, high-gloss surfaces are also pretty high-maintenance as they tend to gather dust and fingerprints very quickly. That’s why you should dust them off on a regular basis and wipe any fingerprints with a damp cloth. It’s some extra work, but it’s no news that you have to suffer a bit for beauty!
Contrary to what you may think, mirror-like shine fits virtually all of the interior design styles – even the traditional one! So wait no more and read on to discover the best ways to invite this unique high-gloss finish to your space!
All over the space
The bold mirror-like shine of lacquer finishes inspires to make truly bold interior design choices. One of such is painting both the walls and the ceiling with a high-shine paint. And if we’re being bold and brave already, let’s spice things even more up by opting for a bright color, just like in the interior below. The unapologetic style that this vivid green oozes with is simply irreplaceable! One might think that the rest of the interior should be as neutral as possible when clashed with such wall and ceiling finish choice and one couldn’t be more wrong! Just look how all these patterns and details work perfectly with this powerful, glossy green!
Back to black
Lacquer is so popular that it could be described as the new black, so why not show off the beauty of this eye-catching finish exactly in this powerful color? Check out this traditional style bathroom – there’s nothing traditional about it with these high-gloss black walls. The mirror-like finish makes this small space seem bigger and the black color with it has even more depth and drama. Add some white, patterns and some really quirky artwork and what you’ll get is a truly unforgettable interior!
White gets to a completely another dimension when you give it a mirror-like shine. Need some proof? Check out this stunning modern open floor plan apartment. It features a very original wavy ceiling which was accentuated by a glossy white finish.
Lacquer works perfectly not only on the walls but also on the furniture. It accentuates its design and makes it more eye-catching. High-gloss works both on modern and more traditional furniture. If you want, you can even hunt down a vintage commode or a vanity stand and give it a bold makeover with a can of high-gloss paint. It will give it an eclectic style twist and a new lease of life!
Check out these vivid orange high-gloss bedside tables – you must admit that if they were matte, they wouldn’t be even half as cool as they are now!
Red hot gloss
How to make a traditional living room ooze with extravagant style? Well, let’s go crazy with a few cans of fiery red lacquer paint and cover all the walls, windows and crown molding included! Sounds like a recipe for an interior design style disaster? Not exactly, just check out the photo below. It’s a bold and ultra stylish mix of modernity and the style of the Louis XVI. Granted, it’s not for the faint-hearted, but I just can’t stop admiring it!
Lacquer works on wood too. And not only furniture but also the ceiling! How about experimenting a little and making your ceiling look like the floor? No, I haven’t lost my senses, it is a good idea and the photo below will convince you. This white wooden ceiling does look like a floor but it won’t be as tough to maintain as the identical floor would be. And given the very limited color palette of this interior, it adds much needed visual interest.
Painting your walls with a high-gloss finish is often enough, but what if you feel like going even further? Painting the walls and the furniture is a great way for embracing your color of choice. It will not only look deeper and more powerful but also no other color accents would interrupt it. Check out the kitchen below – you must admit that such color consequence created a big impact. The only items that appear on top of this cobalt blue background are either white or made of clear glass. This helps to maintain the visual unity of this look.
If you want drama but don’t want to go for black, consider opting for a slightly lighter shade – charcoal. It still has plenty of power but is a bit more subtle. Take a look at this bold kitchen – it features charcoal walls, ceiling and furniture and yet it doesn’t feel gloomy or too dark. The light gray rug surely helps to brighten this space a bit. And notice how not all of the charcoal surfaces are lacquered – some (the walls and the ceiling but not the crown molding) are matte. It’s a cool way to differentiate the final look while using the same color!
Metallic surfaces are stylish and eye-catching. Lacquered surfaces can be described with the same terms. So in theory, they should go together well, right? Yes, they by all means do! Just look at this marvelous dining room! The sea blue high-gloss walls look amazing when complemented by the bronze metallic ceiling. And I just love how the crown molding and the trims on the walls add even more sophistication!
Ok, so maybe the interior below isn’t very practical (I mean I think after half an hour in it, you’d go crazy) but it surely proves that if you have a bold color, adding high-gloss finish to it will make it pop even more! And as to this hot pink, I should maybe add a disclaimer – don’t try this at home!
It’s in the details
Lacquered surfaces are so powerful that even when used in moderation, they’re still perfectly capable of making a big statement. Take a look at the living room on the photo below – the high-gloss finish was applied only onto the trims and the stunning fireplace. Even though white – the most neutral of colors was used it still makes an impression. So if you plan on installing white crown molding and trims and want to make them stand out more, don’t hesitate and use mirror-shine paint!
Just a few decades ago all of the ceilings used to be matte and white (yes, I know the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel already existed), but nowadays it’s more and more popular to turn a ceiling into a focal point of the entire room. And what better way to do so than to paint it with a high-gloss and brightly colored paint?
Just check out this stylish bedroom – the navy blue ceiling adds plenty of bold chic to this otherwise very neutral color palette. It compliments the light gray color scheme beautifully and contrasts in style with a very interesting golden chandelier. The faux fur pillows and blanket look very natural in such interior – with such statement-making ceiling some less bold bedding would just disappear.
If you want to accentuate the ornate details of your bed’s headboard, don’t think twice and go for a high-gloss finish! Just take a look at the photo below – you’ve got to appreciate the way that the lacquer brings out every, even the smallest detail! That’s why if you have such headboard or another piece of furniture with carved out details, consider opting for painting them with a high-gloss paint. And remember that you don’t have to opt for any bold colors – even classic color choices such as black, white, brown or gray can work wonders!
Lacquered finish looks great not only on the walls and the furniture but also on various accessories. If you find it hard to spot lacquered items that you really like, think about buying just regular ones and painting them later. You can also give some of your old things a stunning makeover. So which accessories can pull off the high-gloss look? Virtually almost all of them! For example, you can take a mirror in a vintage, ornamental frame and paint this frame with a high-gloss paint to accentuate its details in a very modern way. The same goes for lamps, vases and plenty of other things! Don’t be afraid to go bold and express your creativity!
And you, what do you think about lacquered surfaces? Love them or maybe not so much? Go ahead and share your thoughts!