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Do You Still Love White Lacquer Décor?

I was reading some commentary recently about the state of design, and someone brought up a good question: what legacy will our generation leave behind? When I thought back about design in the last few years, one trend came to mind: white lacquer furniture and décor. It has become so pervasive that it's almost a staple. "Spray paint it with a coat of high gloss paint," seems to be a go-to tip from interior designers and design writers alike, and retailers from the affordable CB2 and Ikea to the high-end Horchow and Jonathan Adler are pushing the stuff.

To go the spray-paint route, you've most likely got to begin with a piece of wood furniture that was much prettier in its original wood-stained state. If you shop for this style in the stores, you'll encounter melamine and particleboard topped with white veneer, powder-coated metal, and cheap plastic designs. Is that the legacy we are leaving behind? Furniture that's not hand-crafted but either carelessly DIY-ed or cheaply made? The thought makes me sad, but to be honest, I still do really love this look. Do you still love the look of white lacquer?

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Julia-Millay-Walsh Julia-Millay-Walsh 6 years
Limelindsey, that's a good point. If you live in a rental and can't paint your walls, white furniture against neutral walls can be totally boring!
runswimmerrun runswimmerrun 6 years
Duh. Love it.
limelindsey limelindsey 6 years
Never liked it. I find it bland and unoriginal (as in, EVERYONE has it - there was hardly a kitchen redo story I'd seen on Apartment Therapy that didn't have white lacquer cabinets from IKEA). I love color, and as someone who is trapped in apartment land (with no chance for painting), I'm sick of white cabinets and white walls.
abitnerdy abitnerdy 6 years
I do love it, I'm thinking its minimalist and chic
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