By Cora L. Diekman

Published on January 18, 2016

Photography by Bestor Architecture via Domaine Home

by Cora L. Diekman

This bold built-in takes lacquered furniture to the next level, proving that high shine has graduated from desks and consoles to more permanent features. These built-in floor to ceiling cabinets take center stage in a glossy canary yellow — perfect for kids rooms, but tempting in any space. We’re loving the idea of these cabinets as a cheery welcome in an entryway or mudroom.

Photography by Architectural Digest

If black lacquer seems best left to furniture and accents, think again. For a dramatic and regal effect that can’t be rivaled, consider black lacquer (yes!) walls. This look is best suited for spaces with ample sunlight for two important reasons –  highlighting the reflectivity factor and preventing the space from feeling like too dark (obvs).

Photography by Lucas Finlay for Falcon Reynolds

Hot pink lacquer injects some much needed fun into a well mannered bathroom that is otherwise (almost too) buttoned up.

Photography by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic

Just when you thought you’d lacquered EVERYTHING in your life, a gorgeously green lacquered ceiling takes center stage. The dark color creates drama and the reflection – much like a mirror – allows for movement and creates a more spacious feel.

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It’s not all about the furniture, but some pieces are simply perfection. This soft turquoise-blue bar cart is top shelf glam, complete with shining gold accents, abundant storage, and a mirrored interior. Love!

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These blue lacquered walls — complete with architectural detail — transform a sitting room from ‘meh’ to OMG magnificent.

Photography by Ashe+Leandro via mydomaine

If lacquering entire walls seems too dramatic for your taste, consider adding a glossy lacquered sheen to trim only. Shiny white trim is commonplace, so consider black for an effect that is sure to turn heads — like in this glam bathroom entryway.

Photography by Camille Styles

White kitchens were all the rage in recent years, which is why we’re loving this dramatically different take on cabinets — lacquered in a dark emerald green. The copper pots, white subway tile marble accents, and gently worn rug give this space a French vintage vibe that’s seriously chic.

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Don’t forget the front door! When exterior spaces call for muted colors and minimal decor, a high gloss lacquered door will absolutely attract the eye.

Photography by Anual Design

Color, color, everywhere! Sometimes too much color is a great thing, especially in this vibrant space. To prevent a chest of drawers from getting lost in the mix, a coat of yellow lacquer paint places this piece center stage.

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Instead of injecting color into a space, keep a monochromatic palette fresh and glam with lacquer touches like this glossy door, cabinet system, and wall frame. Lots of shine means no additional color required!

Photography by Amy Bartlam via mydomaine

This console table proves that lacquer doesn’t always have to exude overtly modern vibes. A chic royal blue entry table sets a mood that’s mostly traditional with just the right amount of modern flair — a totally MAKES this space.