5 ideas to steal from restaurant interiors

We get interiors inspo just about everywhere and recently it’s restaurant interiors and cafe fit outs that have really been impressing us!

Here are our top 5 ideas to steal from restaurant interiors for your home…

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1. A fresh take on the feature wall

Last year we took you on a tour of our fave cafe — Double Shot in Deakin, Canberra — to share what inspires us about their ah-mahzing fit out! And one feature which we love just as much today is their killer feature wall made of tree branches and finished with this adorable neon sign.

A feature wall done right can enhance a space and doesn’t have to cost a fortune (this one is made from local trees).

Depending on your style of home, breeze bricks, tiles, textured wall paper, mural art, or plywood could all be fresh ideas to consider.

Neon light

2. Embrace an on-trend colour palette

Each year, we bring you the latest colour predictions like our recent Spring/Summer 2015-16 trend forecast, and in a couple of months we can’t wait to share the latest forecast from Haymes.

A key colour trend last year which continues to dominate is ‘Botanical’ and Bar Central in Stockholm, designed by Uglycute, shows us how to nail this colour palette. We love how they embraced it in such a sophisticated yet cool way.

Bar Central Stockholm Ideas to steal from restaurant interiors
Bar Central in Stockholm. Image via Yellow Trace

3. Hero lighting

When we recently interviewed lighting expert James Nagel, he said one of the main reasons people fall down when creating a lighting plan for their home is that they often leave it too late in the build or leave it to the electrician to decide — resulting in a basic solution of downlights in each room.

He recommends minimising the use of ceiling lights and looking at other solutions like wall lights, wall washes and pendants, to create more warmth and interest in a space.

Yeeels bar and restaurant in Paris, designed by Rodolphe Parente Architects, has one of the most impressive lighting solutions we’ve seen!

Spectacular chandelier
Image via Rodolphe Parente Architects website

4. Vertical gardens

You knew this one would be on the list! We’ve been crushing on vertical gardens for a long time now and this one (from Główna Osobowa Kitchen + Bar in Poland) combines the leather strap look with metal mesh — hot or what?!

Vertical garden
Glowna Osobowa Kitchen + Bar. Image via Yellow Trace

5. Hexagon flooring

Interior designer and cofounder of Tile Republic, Sonia, says a tile trend for 2016 is ‘a fresh take on hexagons’ and this space by Norm Architects shows us why.

Described as “Creating an atmosphere that is Italian, but seen from a Scandinavian mindset”, this Cofoco Italy restaurant is beyond divine!

Hexagon floor
Cofoco Italy restaurant. Image via Norm Architects

Which of these ideas to steal from restaurant interiors is your favourite? Have you discovered other cool design features from restaurants or cafes you can share?

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Gina Beschorner Style Curator

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