February 1, 2015



Perhaps you didn't get the  memo on Lacquer, but it's been white-hot for a few years.  Thick, layer-upon-layer of mega-gloss paint so thick it makes walls look dripping wet.
Trends have reversed: In the kitchen, counter-tops are now matte whilst cabinets are super high-gloss. Matte bathroom tiles have replaced shiny ones whilst other surfaces in the bath are all lacquered!

It's hot, it's sexy and it's rich looking!

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I know, right??

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(Source: Luis Bustimante)
A long narrow living room with a low-ish ceiling looks larger and taller with the lacquered ceiling reflecting the light. 

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(Source: Gabhan O'Keefe)
Totes cray, right? I freekin' LOVE this room!
That ceiling is perfection!

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Updated traditional is always chic! 
The green lacquer makes this go from 0 to 90 in five seconds

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Milk Chocolate brown, who knew it could be do delicious...
Lacquer makes small rooms look larger!

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Can't say I like that furniture - but that screen is to die for!
It's doing what a mirror would do - but with color!

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(Source: Miles Redd)
Shiny oxblood bookcases and trim-work are highlighted with brass details making this feel so tailored and crisp. 

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(Source: Rob Southern)
I'm thinking this is a wall-covering which is a good alternative to the pricey lacquer.

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(Source: Luis Bustamonte)
I just want to rub my naked body all over those walls.....
(ooops, did I say that out loud?)

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The juxtaposition of the traditional woodwork painted white with the mirror-finish green lacquer is brilliant...

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(Source: Jean-Louis Deniot)
Parchment walls popped up with lacquered doors creates a trompe l'oeil impression of space.

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Fun! But, perhaps, the orange ceiling is a tad too much....

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A lacquered cabinet creates a pop of color and an illusion of space in this small dining area. Great idea when renting.

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Notice the way the light bounces around this small room blurring the boundaries, making it feel larger than it actually is.

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(Source: Steven Gambrel)
A colonial room gets a 21st century blast with the lacquered walls in a Williamsburg blue = updated traditional! 

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(Source: Stephen Sills)
Well-edited and handsome; the stunning lacquer job needs no wall decorations, it's perfect as is...

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A lacquered ceiling refracts the sunlight deep into a room with windows only at one end.

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Fine French antiques get slammed into gear with green lacquered walls and the perfect pink upholstery. The highlighted details on the paneling raise swank-factor a bit

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(Source: Miles Redd)
It's hard to achieve cozy and chic in the same room, but BOOM! here it is!

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(Source: David Kleinberg)
The trough-style, up-light illuminates the lacquered walls and ceiling turning a dark narrow hall into an interesting passageway.

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(Source: Miles Redd)
Updateing a "country look" by lacquering everything bright blue also makes the room feel larger and less cluttered.

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Lacquered base cabinets in concert with the checkerboard floor optically create a much larger feel in the small kitchen.

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A small pop of orange lacquer gives this bathroom interest - too much bright color in a bathroom is obnoxious as it makes your reflection less fabulous...jus sayin'

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Lacquering at home is nearly impossible. You'll need high-gloss oil-base paints and a motorized sprayer.
Take your piece to a car-painter, body-shop and have them paint your piece, it'll cost you less than a furniture finisher and the finish will be great.

Below is a French chest I found at auction and had it painted high-gloss black and look at the fabulous results! 
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A maple 50's dresser from Bubbies basement got a cobalt blue spray-job and some new knobs and BOOM! 
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A tired 80's Chinese sideboard got lacquered and now it's 
da bomb!
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B  A  D     L  A  C  Q  U  E  R

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Just wayyyy too much "shiny" going on here. 
Overhead beams are usually unsuccessful lacquered as it creates too much visual clutter.  Feels like a nightclub.

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This photo tells its own story; by lacquering everything it reduces all the beautiful woodwork into one big glare....   Had they left the ceiling white the room would be less glarey and super chic!

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I love rooms where you just know that in a few years they'll look around and go WTF were we smoking....

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Lacquered rooms fundamentally need to be tailored, simple and well edited. 
This room has way too much going on; different types of furniture, accessories, carpets and curtains all create a visual clusterf%#k.

You Can Do It, Im Here To Help!

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