In the most recent issue of House Beautiful, ten designers were asked to predict what would be hot in 2013. Jeffrey Bilhuber predicted “Gloss! High gloss! Shine! Polish! Lacquer!”. His love of this predicted trend is evidenced by the deep orange lacquered ceiling of his Manhattan apartment:
Whether you love or hate lacquered ceilings, walls, and floors, you have to admit that it’s quite glamorous! The lustrous, high-gloss nature of lacquer reflects light around the room and can be a total show stopper. Most of the images I’ve seen of lacquered ceilings are bright colors in modern spaces, but the image below show how more subdued colors can be used to add a glamorous touch to traditional spaces as well:
It’s also the case with lacquered walls – bright, daring colors can be used to create a dramatic impact such as the bright green in this fantastic foyer,
while whites, dark blues, and blacks can create the same impact with lacquered walls in more traditional/transitional spaces:
(Aren’t those last two images crazy gorgeous?! Miles Redd is the king of lacquer!) I’ve also noticed a trend towards high-gloss kitchen cabinets, such as in this kitchen where the custom cabinets were painted Benjamin Moore’s high-gloss super white
or in this bold, contemporary kitchen where everything (the walls, ceiling, cabinets, and even the window treatment!) are a high gloss green:
I’d bet that most of you usually do your own painting but if you’re thinking about lacquering the walls or other surfaces in own home, this is one job that I’d hire out on. Lacquer shows every single imperfection in the wall (uneven surfaces, divots, etc.) so preparation with skim coating so that you start with perfect walls is key! Also, it’s best to spray on a lacquered finish rather than using a roller – that’s the only way to get the smooth finish that makes lacquered surfaces so glamorous. The good news is that once your paint job it complete, you will have a hard, durable surface that will hold up beautifully. Do you think you’d ever do this in your home or is it just too over-the-top for you?