Lacquered furniture isn’t what it used to be. We all recall images of the 1970s playhouse filled with shiny side tables, leather sofas and the requisite playboy; or the Dynasty era of shoulder pads, long staircases and homes filled with furniture that was glossy (mirrored, lacquered and gold or silver) but today’s lacquer furniture is…not that.
Leading the way are designers such as Kelly Wearstler and design and furniture companies, such as Bungalow 5. The lacquered pieces of today are sophisticated, colorful, vibrant and are meant to be mixed into and with other elements and textures, such as weathered woods and fine leathers (think more eclectic and well-traveled versus Hollywood Regency design). The lines are modern and offer a contemporary and glamorous solution to adding a pop of color and unexpected whimsy to design.
Decorating with bright lacquered pieces is about adding layers and elements to a design. Don’t be afraid to mix and match… a beautiful blue lacquered coffee table with weathered chairs as a play space for children. Or a lacquered dressing table with a beautiful and rich upholstered dressing chair. When we look at items and furniture and keepsakes in our home, we should smile and nothing could possibly bring on a smile faster than a cheerful and bright side piece.