Category: Inspiration

Trendcasting: Lacquered Walls

Lacquered walls are a long-standing design tradition, but in recent years, they have been making a resurgence. Designers like Miles Redd, Steven Gambrel, and Markham Roberts have helped reintroduce lacquered walls to the popular landscape.

The highly reflective finish of lacquer creates dimensionality, particularly when combined with a deeply saturated color like sapphire blue or emerald green. The liquidlike sheen is sumptuous, dramatic, and opulent.

True lacquer, as opposed to high gloss paint, must be applied by skilled professionals. The reflective finish magnifies any imperfections, so expert prep and application is a must. Check out some of my favorite lacquered walls below! 

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Orange lacquered walls via Atlanta Homes Magazine

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Left: Aerin Lauder’s sophisticated black office via Elle Decor. Right: Blue-grey lacquered walls in Steven Gambrel’s W. 10th Street townhouse

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A peacock blue butler’s pantry from Lee Ann Thornton Interiors

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Emerald green lacquer via ArkPad

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A striking home library designed by Steven Gambrel. 

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Left: White lacquered walls pop against black herringbone floors, via Westerman Farm. Right: Miles Redd’s navy blue lacquer, via Apartment Therapy

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Get the Look: Tropical Leaves

Tropical leaf prints have long been a design classic, thanks in large part to two iconic wallpaper patterns. Martinique wallpaper, designed by Don Loper in 1942 for the Beverly Hills Hotel, features banana leaves in a rich forest green palette. Brazilliance wallpaper was designed by the one-and-only Dorothy Draper for the Greenbrier Hotel. Although similar to Martinique, Brazilliance has more saturated colors and accents of sea grapes amidst the banana leaves. 

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A side-by-side comparison of the iconic Martinique and Brazilliance wallpapers. L: Bathroom via Apartment Therapy. R: The Greenbrier Hotel via The Glam Pad.

Tropical leaf decor lends an air of retro glamour to any room. Banana leaves and palm fronds make for gorgeous wallpaper and upholstery, but you can also incorporate the motif through lighting fixtures, artwork, and accessories. Here is some tropical inspiration for your home! 

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The Martinique wallpaper pairs beautifully with black and white. Via Sarah Sarna

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Black lacquer doors and Brazilliance wallpaper make for a bold, graphic hallway. Design by Sara Cooper via Domaine

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Black and gold palm fronds. Wallpaper by Cole & Son. Design by Greg Natale. Via Style Me Pretty

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A green and white version of the same Cole & Son wallpaper makes an eye-catching statement in this bedroom via Fine Little Day

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A pair of gold palm chandeliers drip with crystals. Via AD

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Pink accents pop against Dorothy Draper’s Brazilliance wallpaper. Via Lauren Nelson. 

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A bohemian take on this classic pattern. Via Bohemia Design 

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1) Origami lampshade via Etsy, 2) Art Deco rattan fan chair via 1st Dibs, 3) Beverly Prints via The Aestate, 4) French settee via Etsy, 5) Tahiti Deck Chair via Gallant & Jones, 6) Pillow via Etsy

Tropical leaf prints have long been a design classic, thanks in large part to two iconic wallpaper patterns. Martinique...

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