Lacquered Walls

Are you bored of seeing matte, matte and more matte everywhere? Us too. What we really want to start seeing is our newest crush; lacquered walls. Shout out to style guru Ashley Stark Kenner for inspiring us.

We all know that lacquered walls are certainly not a new technique but there’s no denying that they seem to have lost favour.

Lacquered walls are a great way to add both elegance and depth to your home and will also help to reflect luminosity throughout a room. Using this technique seems to brighten any space up and create the illusion of natural light (and space!), something that matte walls just can’t seem to do so well. The great thing is that, although most of the photos you see on Pinterest are of darker hues, pastels look just as good.

As we said in our Interior Design Trends of 2019 post, ceilings are not to be forgotten about this year and we’re up for treating them with a fifth wall mindset. So you’ll be pleased to know that ceilings can get that shine treatment too!

So if you’re sold on this idea, you have two options: bring in the professionals, or attempt it yourself. DISCLAIMER: it ain’t cheap and we’ll explain why below.

True lacquer is a liquid made of shellac (a resin secreted by the female lac bug, on trees in the forests of India and Thailand - weird, right?). It is processed and sold as dry flakes and dissolved in alcohol to make liquid shellac which is sprayed on and dries to form a hard protective glossy coating. This requires a lot of hard work and patience and we’d highly recommend finding yourself a specialist decorator!

But if you want to give it a go yourself, a lot of people are using high-gloss paint to get a similar look. There are a lot on the market these days but not all of them work as well as you’d hope so we recommend going for a decent quality one, which may be on the pricer side but will 100% be worth it. FYI, solvent based paint is thicker and provides some what of a glossier finish in comparison to water based paint which often leaves lines on your wall but if that is your only option, definitely pair with a roller brush to get a smoother finish.

Just a word of warning - if there are ANY sorts of bumps or blemishes on your walls, lacquered walls aren't the most forgiving of things and will make the imperfections stand out like a sore thumb. Literally. Every. Single. One. So if you even think for a second that your walls aren’t up to scratch, consider sanding down your walls and re-painting them to make the surface as smooth as possible. Then paint, allow to dry, then gloss again and finish off by allowing to dry for the last time.

Has anyone attempted this? Please leave your top tips below!

Sophie 💫