Gleaming glamour of lacquered walls…

Lacquered walls add irresistible polish, light and energy to an interior. There’s something magnetic about that inimitable patent leather shine — it feels refined, classic, glamorous and unexpected all at once. But how do you get walls that glimmer at night and bedazzle during the day?….

This can be an expensive look to achieve in an existing home. Imperfections will be magnified. If you plan to lacquer a surface, make sure it is in great shape as even barely noticeable bumps and nicks will be highlighted by the sheen. Costs for lacquering add up quickly as not only must you factor in labour and supplies for surface prep, but good-quality lacquer is expensive. It is also difficult and time consuming to apply as generally it is sprayed on which requires professional help.

You can achieve a similar look by applying several coats of high-gloss paint or adding a layer of varnish as a top coat. While this won’t replicate lacquer’s sheen exactly, its a good compromise if budget’s are tight.

Check out these inspirational images and how lacquered walls really notch up the drama and add another layer of depth to a space.




is yellow the marmite of colours?

Everyone appears to have quite a strong opinion when it comes to yellow – love it or hate it, its a colour that seams to pop in and out of favour in the world of interiors.

Yellow is an emotive colour – using the wrong yellow in your colour scheme can have negative psychological effects – bringing on feelings of anxiety. However, use it well and you can reap the positive benefits of optimism, enlightenment, and happiness – sounds good to me!

The colours we choose to surround ourselves – whether in fashion or in our homes are an expression of our personality and I think the key to using yellow in interiors is to pick the right shade of yellow that resonates with you. Using it in the right proportions and in the right rooms.

Yellow presents itself in many different tones from the subtlest creamy colour of a delicate rose to the strong vibrant yellow of daffodils and sunflowers, through to acid yellows.

I am a firm supporter of the colour and love how it can pack a punch or dash of whimsy to an interior, but for all those anti-yellow people out there –  I’m yet to meet someone who doesn’t like the burst of yellow that spring brings. So I ask you, can you really hate yellow?

Frank Stella

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