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We’ve long suggested the idea of painting your ceiling, but we’re about to up the ante on that concept. Houzz recently released its emerging trends report, and the data revealed that searches for “high-gloss ceilings” are up 816 percent compared to this time last year. We see the appeal. By opting for a lacquered finish, you can add a whole other layer of visual interest that goes beyond color alone. Plus the reflective quality allows light to bounce off the surface, enhancing the overall brightness of the space. If you’re thinking about adding some shine to your fifth wall, take a cue from the rooms, below, that nailed the look. 

Go All In 

Cameron Ruppert had two directives from the owner of this Washington, D.C., home: pattern and color. The latter was exemplified in the form of an Yves Klein Blue dining room that’s completely wrapped—down to the window trim!—in a custom paint mix.

Pile on the Texture

In this neutral-heavy riverside residence in Connecticut, Britt and Damian Zunino, the husband-and-wife team behind Studio DB, decided to create a moody ambience in the library not just with a lacquered paint but with shiplap walls. The hue is actually a high-gloss spray finish by Fine Paints of Europe that was matched to Benjamin Moore’s Varsity Blues.

White It Out 

Though the sheen is a bit less obvious in shades of white, the reflective effect of Farrow & Ball’s Blackened still brings a serious impact to this space, designed by Zoe Feldman. The glossy glow makes the already high ceilings really soar.