Has anyone else noticed the growing trend of lacquered/glossy walls? I must be a bit slow, because I thought gloss paint was only good for trims until recently. So many designers are using lacquer/gloss as a finish on walls, and I'm starting to think it can look amazing, especially when it's a dark colour. Not only does it give a wall some interest, the way it reflects light seems to brighten up a room, as opposed to matte finished walls that just seem to suck it all up!
Lacquer has been around in China and Japan since 7000BC. Traditionally, lacquer was made from natural resins, and was used on different artifacts because of it's durable, waterproof and beautiful finish. But these days there are many aritficial resins that are used to create lacquer, as well as wallcoverings and paints that acheive a similar, if not the same, effect at a much lower cost.
A few sources that I've managed to find of roll-form wallcoverings that have a lacquered look are: Valtekz - 'patent', Stark - 'delfo', Phillip Jeffries - 'lacquered walls', Donghia - 'lacquered walls', and Robert Crowder - 'lacquers'.
High-gloss paint can also acheive a similar look, most paint companies offer a high-gloss finish. Fine Paints of Europe has a product called Hollandlac that also gives the high gloss look of lacquer, and comes in two varying degrees of gloss.
Chocolate brown in an interior by Jeffrey Bilhuber.
Forest green walls in an interior by Darren Henault.
Philip Gorrivan interior.
Lipstick red in a Steven Gambrel living room.
More glossy red walls, this is a living room by Todd Alexander Romano.