Thursday, September 30, 2010

{trendspotting: lovely lacquered walls}

High gloss paint adds a liquid-like lustrous sheen to any space! September's issue of House Beautiful highlights an apartment designed by Todd Klein that boasts lacquered walls in almost every room. I love that you can see the reflection of light bouncing off the walls, it really gives a dreamy look.

Todd Klein via House Beautiful

Todd Klein via House Beautiful

Aren't these walls as shiny as glass? It really adds warmth to the space. Fabulous!

Rob Southern

Can you imagine a candle-lit dinner in a room like this? I bet it would be spectacular.

I love pretty much everything about this feminine office space, from the black glossy walls, to the desk, to the gallery wall, oh my!

Before you run out to buy some high-gloss paint, be warned that it sounds pretty tough to get it just right! Todd Klein explains, "High-gloss paints highlight every dimple and rough spot, so the surface has to be absolutely perfect. You have to have at least two coats of plaster, sanded in between. The lacquering requires layer upon layer of thinned oil paint, with each of those coats sanded in between." Hard work, but I'd say from the evidence above that it sure seems to pay off!


P.S. I love this... said...

Looks beautiful! Makes the space look very modern.

Elements said...

I love the dramatic colours in the high gloss. The effect takes such hard work to achieve and not for the regular DIYer but when done correctly you will never want to paint over. Stunning.

The Zhush said...

Gorgeous, love the look of high gloss. So polished and chic, glam to the hilt!

David Toms said...

These are simply amazing! I think the blue works best!

Dale at Hospitality Design Inspirations said...

I think it looks amazing in the darker colors such as the blue and black. But I also think it would be very tricky to have it done right. Hire a professional to do this people!

DesignTies said...

I just read the same article about high-gloss walls in House Beautiful. They do look gorgeous, but yeah, every single little imperfection is highlighted by a high-gloss finish.

That glossy black & white entry is super-dramatic!! Wow!! I think a high-gloss finish has more impact with a dark colour.

Great collection of glossy pics :-)


theLENNOXX said...

Gorgeous! It does sound like a LOT of work though! I love Miles Redd's work, and the orange dining room with the wallpapered ceiling is heavenly!

xo Linda

Brandi said...

I was thinking through all these gorgeous photos how hard it would be to get this look. In Texas, we have to texture our walls to hide flaws. Our houses shift a lot due to soft ground so it would never work here!

Splendid Willow said...

I am with you! I had a chest painted in high-gloss paint -- (Hubby thought I was insane but I still love it!) it makes the entire room (but as you mentioned, it is hard to get it right).

Love that feminine office corner. And I want that Rolodex!

ox, Mon

Sarah Klassen said...

I do admit, I never used to like lacquered walls, but given the right space, it can look quite chic and glamorous -- love the fourth one most of all -- glamour at its best!

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend -- thank you so much for all of your sweet comments,

Ian said...

I kind of notice the elegance of whites and matching it with wash colors. You hit the great spark to make stark colors turn into sexy and classy. I've seen this art disciple in a friend's New York Apartment. Rental, (short term in other words) she did her interior stints in that apartment before moving to a bigger one. She likes pure and wash colors too. Maybe that's why she opted to rent one of those NYC vacation apartments. So just one question, what's the inspiration behind the bluest of blue combination on the last picture? My sister loves it.

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