Add some gloss and glamour to your home with some on-trend lacquer.

High shine, gloss, veneer: interiors for 2021 have been given a buffed and polished overhaul. Whilst we collectively leant into organic textures and woven tactile fabrics as we hunkered down in 2020, a polarising trend has emerged this spring to counter the cuddly and it comes in the form of lacquer. With its high-gloss shine and bright jewel-like tones, when mixed with simple modernist furniture it adds a great complimentary texture to this season’s other big trend: modern chintz florals. To pair the two, simply pick the key tone from your botanical print and add in lacquered accessories and furniture within that palette. Got a pink patterned wallpaper? Experiment with lacquered tones of raspberry, damson and blackberry to pull the look together.

Gloss is not just reserved for the woodwork either, with lacquered walls emerging as another interiors trend for 2021. How, you ask? By dividing the room vertically into half-and-half stripes of gloss and matt in the same shade, you can add a subtly modern twist and depth to a single-coloured room (take the colour up onto the ceiling too for further on-trend points). Painting the bottom-half a durable ‘wipe-clean’ gloss in high traffic areas can also be a smart move for busy, family homes.

If you want to add a shot of shine to your home this spring, here are the stylish lacquered accessories to invest in.

The Lacquer Company

The Lacquer Company, as one might hope, is a go-to for all things lacquered, from coffee tables to bar carts. Indeed, no surface is left un-glossed. Part of a collaboration with Rita Konig, this aptly named marine blue lacquered tray (£375) has a charming handmade wavy edge finish. Big enough to top your sideboard as a drinks tray, it feels like a modern classic in the making.

Pols Potten

This delicious pistachio zig-zag stool (£215) makes a fun alternative to a dressing table seat, or why not use it as a side table? The high-gloss finish, paired with the graphic silhouette, makes a simple yet playful update to your new season interior.

Jonathan Adler

American designer Jonathan Adler has given his colour clash ripple box (£98) a high-gloss finish, which contrasts beautifully with its matt velvet lining. For a bolder statement, shop the full range and stack for a pyramid of glossy loveliness. Perfect for jewellery (or love letters, should you be so lucky).


This classic Scandi Wishbone chair (£126.75), in the style of Hans Wegner’s original 1949 design, comes with a thoroughly modern, 21st-century lacquered finish. The forest green, high gloss curves are complimented with a natural cord woven seat, and it is available in a range of lacquered, stained and natural wood finishes. Mix and match around your dining table for an eclectic feel.

Matilda Goad

Handmade in Italy, these rainbow lacquered placemats (£110) are made using inlaid, stained wood in a psychedelic pinwheel design. Joyfully colourful, why not pick out the shades in your glassware and blooms for a cheerful spring tablescape of maximalist cheer.

Jonathan Adler

From American designer Jonathan Adler once again, this lacquered wave mirror (£450) feels like an homage to the iconic 1970s Ultrafragola mirror by Ettore Sottsass – at a fraction of the price. Available in pure white or baby blue, its curve appeal will add glamour to any bathroom wall.

The Lacquer Company

The two-tone effect of the Sphere Lamp (£595) from The Lacquer Company is beautifully off-set by its high-shine finish. Pair with a simple linen shade for a reflective shot of beautiful colour.

By Lydia Mansi
February 2021

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Lydia is an all-round lifestyle guru, tireless champion of women in business and our resident expert on beauty.