Photo Gallery: Lacquered Walls
Rich colour in a high-gloss finish.
This dramatic kitchen by New York designer Miles Redd dares to be different. “I’m sick to death of all-white kitchens,” says Toronto blogger Jen Selk. “You know the ones I mean — vast expanse of white marble, tiled backsplash, bowl of citrus on the counter. It’s boring. I hope kitchens like this signal a shift back to cooking spaces with a little more interest and personality.”
Lacquer dining rooms are particularly effective because they reflect candlelight so beautifully. To achieve the required sheen in her dining room, homeowner Victoria Webster had the walls of her dining room professionally painted with 12 coats of high-gloss orange paint, topped by two coats of glaze.
A blue lacquered wall and ceiling fresco are just two of the rich details that give this room personality. The striped tablecloth and green velvet chair add contrast. Gold shell-shaped lights shine on book spines for easy searching.
Orange lacquer adds the wow factor in this dining room designed by Anne Hepfer. She notes the taupe linen tablecloth conceals a hefty antique table which breaks up the dark wood in the room, making it more inviting.
“Steven Gambrel is my design idol, so it was such a treat to see his home in person,” says New York interior designer Heather Clawson, author of the popular blog, Habitually Chic. “This room is small and dark, but the lacquer walls reflect light beautifully and expand the space.”
Homeowner and designer Colette van den Thillart’s London home is a reflection of her signature style: edgy, witty and utterly fearless. In her living room, the walls are striated with charcoal grey and lacquered a dramatic peacock blue to create a glamorous look. Rich green accents enhance the saturated look, while touches of warm white and brushed gold add a fresh and luxe touch to the space.
In this jewelry designer’s New York City apartment, interior designer Amy Lau covered the living room walls with ebony plaster, the perfect foil for the metals and other reflective media the artist uses in her work. Once Lau top-coated the walls in wax, they took on a reflective sheen, as if they were lined with satin ribbon.
In designer Colette van den Thillart’s London home, the plaster ceiling, matte chandelier sans crystals and custom-made a coffee table with a dragged gesso finish doesn’t compete with the glossy walls. “I’m a devotee to organic shapes,” says Colette of the amoeba-shaped table. “They can be more forgiving in space planning.”
New York City philanthropist and socialite Brooke Astor approached legendary interior designer Albert Hadley to decorate her Park Avenue apartment’s library with the help of British antique curator Geoffrey Bennison. Hadley painted walls a rich red lacquer with brass accents. “While it should be classical in spirit, it must also be a room to live in,” he said, adding plenty of lighting and chairs for curling up with a book.
“I love the combination of the walls and velvet,” says New York designer Miles Redd. The matte texture of the moss-green silk velvet upholstery fabric on the chair is a tactile yet luscious counterpoint to the high-shine lacquer walls.
The entrance of this New York apartment packs drama with bold blue walls and pops of red. “I favour rich lacquer colours in hallways with limited natural light,” says New York designer Miles Redd. “The colour for the walls was taken from Yves Klein, and the floor from Lutyens, which was also painted.”