High-gloss household items
The glamorous look of high-gloss lacquer has been coveted for thousands of years, with some of the earliest examples coming out of Asia as early as 5,000 B.C. But you don't have to be an antiques collector to appreciate this timeless finish. In fact, although a lacquer finish is never out of style, there's been a particular resurgence in its popularity recently, with many affordable, mass-market options now available.
What's new about this latest version of the trend is the extraordinary variety of eye-popping colors now available. Here's how to add polish to every room in your home.
Vase with handles(Credit: houzz.com)
Use this lavender vase -- with brown accents -- as an indoor planter, or use it to hold a bouquet of flowers. Either way, its simple, glossy look will add to any room. Available for $57.22 on houzz.com.
Lemon Metal Counter Stools(Credit: overstock.com)
Tabouret's vibrant Lemon Metal Counter Stools are sturdy, stackable, scratch-resistant and most definitely a conversation starter. They're available in multiple colors, including red, orange and green. Set of two for $87.99 on overstock.com.
Jewelry box(Credit: amazon.com)
Store your baubles in a box as shiny as a gemstone. This Reed & Barton jewelry box with a high-gloss finish is lined with plush velvet and includes a framed mirror. Available for $103.72 at amazon.com.
Babyletto Spruce Tree Bookcase(Credit: Kohl's)
Although this Babyletto Spruce Tree bookcase was designed for a child's room, its cheerful green lacquer finish would add charm to almost any space. The 51-inch-high bookcase, which also comes in high-gloss white, holds about 100 books and comes with an attachment to secure it to a wall. Available for $169 at kohls.
Poppy Geometric Square Handled Serving Tray(Credit: Martha Stewart Collection)
Organize your bar cart or collect your favorite candles atop this Martha Stewart Collection Poppy Geometric Square Handled Serving Tray. The sturdy design makes it perfect for carrying drinks, and the bold design means you don't have to hide it after the party is over. Available for $18.99 at amazon.com.
Geometric High Gloss Coffee Table(Credit: overstock.com)
Add a touch of chic to your living room with this spacious Geometric High Gloss Coffee Table. Matching end tables are also available; $288.99 at overstock.com.
Lack Side Table(Credit: Ikea)
Nestle a vibrant table next to your neutral couch and instantly light up the whole room. Ikea's familiar Lack Side Table now comes in high-gloss green (shown; other colors and finishes available). About 22 by 22 inches square and 18 inches high, this tiny, lightweight table can fit almost anywhere a pop of color is needed. Available for $9.99 at ikea.com