Lacquer (Verb): to give a smooth finish or appearance to : make glossy <lacquered her hair> – Merriam Webster Dictionary
I think Saladino said it best in an interview for New York Magazine when he said, “the difference between enamel and lacquer is the difference between lumpfish and fresh caviar.” Lacquering walls is both labor intensive and therefore, expensive but there truly is nothing like it! The high gloss surface acts like a mirror – producing a polish and depth to the walls that reflects the light and adds a wonderful watery dimension to any room. Enjoy!!!
Aerin Lauder’s Library in East Hampton, New York.
This picture really shows you how reflective the surface can be!
Manhattan Library of Candia Fisher Designer James Aman of Aman and Carson.
Here an automobile spray enamel was used to create gleaming walls and ceiling beams.
Melissa Rufty of MMR Interiors
Nate Berkus and Anne Coyle
Simon Upton Lacquered Screen.
Simply stunning! An unexpected pop of color that you can see reflects onto the carpet. I always love a lacquered ceiling – it makes you feel like you are inside a precious jewelry box.
If you want to have the lacquer effect on your walls but don’t want to pay for the highly intensive labor it requires Phillip Jeffries has a great line of Vinyl Lacquer wallcoverings… Some examples below.
Robert Verdi – Phillip Jeffries Brushed Lacquer
Anne Hepfer – Philip Jeffries Quilted Lacquer – Cream
I simply adore the look of this quilted lacquer. The quilting just adds another dimension to the room which is never a bad thing!
Bradley Stephens 2010 Hampton’s Showhouse – Phillip Jeffries Lacquered Strie – Navy