So you ran out of kitchen ideas? Not to worry. Why not visit your favourite coffee shops and restaurants and use their decor as inspiration for your kitchen! I mean, they were designed to be cooked in, to be practical and to show off!
Today I only use three images of restaurants and then I will show you how you can pick one or two ideas and use it in an imaginative way in your own kitchen design. You don’t have to copy a whole restaurant design. Grab the idea you like most, and use it as your focal point.
1. COPY THE BAR COUNTER & LIGHTS
This amazing bar counter is from King & Duke in Atlanta. Things you can use in your own kitchen are the fabulous combination of timber, leather, marble and copper. How about installing your own marble kitchen island with a timber bench top? (It is usually done the other way around, so why not be different?) What about black and leather bar stools? You can also add stunning copper pendant lights and black kitchen cupboards. You can see here how these textures all blend together very well. Scroll down to see how some of these features can be used in an everyday kitchen.
2. COPY THE TIMBER SHELVING DISPLAY
Not many of us have huge kitchens with pretty display areas. (My total display area in my kitchen is one lonely shelf of 50cm long…) This designer shelf is from The Curious Teepee in Singapore. I particularly like the colour combination of timber and grey shelves. In stead of just having ordinary shelves, they also added the striking diagonal lines. You can use different variations of these in your own kitchen. Especially where you store your wine.
3. COPY THE ISLAND BENCH & LIGHTS
The Stables of Como is a venue in South Yarra that offers facilities for weddings and picnics. They also have a cafe and I love their combination of rustic textures. With a neutral background, the green and mint lights and island stand out and become features. The green and timber combination is perfect for a kitchen environment. I will show you two ways how you can copy these ideas into your kitchen design. Remember to stick to a neutral background and add timber for warmth.
Now it’s your turn. Next time when you are in your “new kitchen design phase”, make sure you take photos of your local cafe’s and restaurants. Use them as inspiration, and this way you will definitely have a unique and funky look that makes your kitchen look a bit different than all the kitchens you see in display homes and show homes.
Until next time,