Designed for the young man of the house, Karter's Krash Pad at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 is brought to life with a vertical ombre lacquer wall finish by Willem Racke inspired by rock formations along the Pacific coast. Designer Susan Lind Chastain selected a Jean Paul Gaultier fabric with crushed car metal design for daybed pillows to add to the hip youthfulness of the space.
The dining room is brimming with drama thanks to lacquered walls and exposed beams. Powder blue Louis XVI chairs soften the strong personality of the jet black walls, while an art deco pendant and sideboard mirror help bounce light around the room.
In this long, narrow house, Kariouk Associates Architects used walls of glass to usher in light and designed sleek custom cabinets in bold yellow to help capture and reflect the sunshine. Walnut paneling and accent cabinets offer a warm contrast to the splash of color, keeping the kitchen grounded within the open plan.
This stately bookcase is befitting the award-winning residence of the chancellor of North Carolina State University. Designed by Design Lines, Ltd. and built by Rufty Homes, it was constructed as four boxes that were then set flush in-wall. We especially like the faceplate overlay with the black lacquer finish that serves to frame the bookcase. Note how it was also used on the baseboard where the cabinets are set, anchoring it to the room.
A brown suede sectional coordinates beautifully with the chocolate lacquer walls in the media room. Its streamlined look contrasts with the room's ornate moldings, creating striking interest in the space.
Saturated color is the shining star in this beautiful living room. Teal blue lacquered walls are offset by pops of gold: the sunburst mirror, stunning leaf-covered chandelier and the armchairs' accent pillows.
Lacquered wall panels add a luxurious feel to this modern master bedroom. The upholstered leather headboard adds a masculine touch, while green bedding and a white nightstand add neutral tones that create a calm, restful feeling.
And Cullman & Kravis Associates did too! The now “Rhapsody in Blue” dining room was designed to highlight the work of Cullman & Kravis’ young, cutting-edge designers. We love the midnight-blue-lacquered walls, but the best parts of this room are the gold, handcrafted embellishments above the fireplace.
This living room space was treated just like the dining area. A lot of trim and molding details throughout. The bead board patterns across the ceiling gives great depth to the overall feel of the space. The lacquer wall shines on its own and brings a fresh and exciting coastal element. The hardwood runs throughout both the dining and living room areas.
Lacquered walls and ceiling set a stunning scene in an elegant dining room by interior designer Suzanne Kasler. The dining table and chairs are from her own collection for Hickory Chair, while the chandelier is regal with its crystal tassels. Instead of the traditional tablescape, she used plaster geometric forms purchased at a Paris flea market. The room was in a Southeastern Designer Showhouse in Atlanta.
Bold charcoal paint covers the walls, millwork, even the ceiling in this contemporary home office. Black and white draperies call attention to the tall windows, while a white lacquered desk provides a modern contrast to the walls. An animal hide rug continues the color scheme and adds a touch of whimsy.
When decorator Nick Olsen moved into his 525-square-foot studio in New York City, the walls were painted white, in keeping with small-space convention. "But the place just looked gray and dingy," says Olsen. And so, rather than just slapping on a newer, brighter coat of white, he painted the apartment's main room Oregano Green (Benjamin Moore 2147-10), in an oil-based metal enamel, to resemble lacquer.
"Although the apartment is small," says Olsen, "it's actually rather grand with 12-foot ceilings, huge windows and a high-relief fireplace. So I felt it would be a shame to tone it down with a pale color or white." For even more impact, he painted the doors glossy black and the trim white, and added a deep teal velvet sofa. Olsen didn't shy away from bright color in the 35- (yes, 35!) square-foot kitchen either, wallpapering the fridge in a bright spring pattern and painting the walls and the ceiling Sea Mist Green (Benjamin Moore #2041-50). "To make color work in a really tiny room like this kitchen," Olsen suggests, "paint the walls and ceilings the same color so you're eye doesn't stop at the ceiling line."
Traditional architectural details become modern when midnight black paint covers the ceiling, trim and walls. A white lacquered desk provides contrast, as do the pale hardwood floors and white window treatments.
This beautiful master bathroom, crafted by Design Platform, features a floating double vanity, a freestanding tub, a standing shower and two walk-in closets. Linear marble tiles in a herringbone pattern and a high-gloss white lacquer cabinet add modern elegance to the space. Matte floor tile in a darker gray completes the look.