Wednesday, July 15, 2009

All lacquered up

I think I’ve become obsessed with any image that slightly resembles my new business cards. I loved seeing this shot below with that jaw dropping amazing shade of green!  It took me a couple of seconds, but then I realized that the walls had an amazing gloss and knew it had been lacquered! Perfection.


Forget about eggshell and satin finish I now want to get my hands on a wall, or two, or three, etc and paint them in high-gloss!


When you go with a bold paint color you are on your way to getting a dramatic room, but add the high-gloss and you hit the nail on the head.


I don’t normally go for a burgundy type color on walls, but I love them with the lacquer and the artwork, which helps break up all the dark color. sochicbooklaq

I love the way that light reflex off the wall. It add a touch of sparkle to a room without looking cheesy.

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While the majority of images with lacquered walls  tend to be on the dark side you can always use it in with a light shade as well.


Overall the look of high-gloss just makes a room look simply glamourous!

So would you ever take the plunge and do it?

In searching online it looks like lacquering your walls is not really a DIY project. It should be done by a professional to get that amazing mirror like reflective quality.

You can also find lacquered wall coverings to get a similar look as well.

Image 1. Amanda Nisbet, Image 2. Miles Redd, Image 3. House & Garden, Image 4.Elle Decor: So Chic, Images 5-6. Steven Gambrel, Image 7. NY Social Diary

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

That yellow ceiling has me drooling. Here's the difference between you and me, Camila. I would never in a million years even think to do something like this myself. You, however, actually looked into it! This also explains why I have a million projects that need to be done and you're knocking them out like all the time. :)

July 15, 2009 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger Rebecca June said...

I have always wanted to do this with a black in a powder room or an inky blue in a study...i die.


Rebecca June

July 15, 2009 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger brynalexandra said...

I really love black walls in high gloss - but I'd be so nervous to do it! It shows paint strokes like crazy.

July 15, 2009 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Stephanie Sabbe said...

I would if I had REALLY nice drywall. I painted the bathroom in our old house a satin wine color, they were lath and plaster...disaster...looked terrible.

July 15, 2009 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger Kwana said...

These are come great looking rooms. I love the ceiling the best. Just yummy.

July 15, 2009 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger paula said...

love the green, my daughter must be rubbing off on me:)

July 15, 2009 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Miss Madras said...

Don't think I would ever consider lacquering a wall or a ceiling, but honestly it's fabulous! Adds lots of glam to the space!

July 15, 2009 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger MyLittleHappyPlace said...

I don't know if I could be THAT gutsy - does that make me a design wimp?
Maybe a ceiling done a la lacquer, I could handle!

July 15, 2009 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger Nicole-Lynn said...

I also love that look. I know this sounds cheesy, but I watched MTV Cribs w/ Mariah Carey and her walls were very glossy and that's when I fell in love with the glossy look! :)

July 15, 2009 at 12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That last room looks like the far wall is covered in glass? Is that sheen from lacquer(can't spell that word to save my life)? If so, I totally love it! Do you know? Now I am really curious, I so totally love that room!

July 15, 2009 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger Blueprint Bliss said...

I love all of these images!

July 15, 2009 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger my favorite and my best said...

i painted my bathroom a high gloss black. check it-

July 15, 2009 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger mrosev14 said...

I love the blue, it looks beautiful. That would be a wonderful color in my office...hmm....

July 15, 2009 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger vicki archer said...

Fantastic - it is kind of retro too, I think. Love the interior pic of the French desk - great colour. xv

July 15, 2009 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger C said...

I was really wondering if I'd be able to do this myself til you mentioned the pro. That'd definitely be the way to go.. I just know I'd mess them up royally.

July 15, 2009 at 1:54 PM  
Blogger Maria Killam said...

Hey you really found some great images in the high gloss that would have been great on my sheen post last week! Wonderful post!

July 15, 2009 at 1:54 PM  
Blogger Lynett said...

I would love to try it, but way too chicken!

July 15, 2009 at 2:13 PM  
Blogger LindsB said...

I know, I wish it was not hard to lacquer a wall! Everything has to be smooth, smooth as any tiny imperfection will show once its lacquered- total bummer because it would be a fun DIY project :)

July 15, 2009 at 3:06 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

You find the best pictures!!

July 15, 2009 at 9:03 PM  
Blogger Laura Casey Interiors said...

I completely am with you on the burgundy and liking that one. Great images and nice post.

July 15, 2009 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger Blair said...

Oh, what a wonderful post! I definitely typically go for a fletter finish for paint but you have totally changed my mind!!! xx

July 16, 2009 at 12:20 AM  
Blogger Yansy said...

I was just thinking about doing this in one of my clients home. You have inspired me to push for it.

P.S. I also wanted to invite you to participate in my give-away. I thought I should return the favor. I have a feeling it will look amazing in your new office.

July 16, 2009 at 12:50 AM  
Blogger pve design said...

When I bought the super high gloss paint at the hardware store, Mr.Hardware said, "ARe you Sure?"
I shook my head, Yes!

I love the mix of hi & low.
Call me emotional...

July 16, 2009 at 2:06 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

so glam- looking. i would def do it in the right room. awseome collection of images!!!

July 16, 2009 at 7:42 AM  
Blogger Embellished Bayou said...

Ooooh, I haven't seen this before, love it! So dramatic!

July 17, 2009 at 5:14 PM  
Blogger kanishk said...

These are come great looking rooms
and I painted the bathroom in our old house a satin wine color, they were lath and plaster...disaster...looked terrible.
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