Lacquer finish
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It's classic and glamorous.

While some wall treatments have become dated -- think of the sponged and rag-rolled walls of the early '90s -- lacquer is timeless. "It's a throwback to Billy Baldwin's apartment for Cole Porter at the Waldorf Astoria," says New York designer Miles Redd. "He had chocolate lacquered walls with brass bookcases."

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