Whenever I’m in a bit of a design funk, I turn my sights away from residential interiors and look for inspiration elsewhere: namely hospitality design. Spaces that aren’t meant to be lived in are ‘allowed’ to take a bit more risk, and therefore are way more interesting!
And since I’m gathering ideas for our studio space and my kitchen remodel, I figured restaurant design details would be a good place to start looking!
Every time I go to Ikea I get another idea for a cool hack, but this one may be on the top of my list. These pendants are awesome! Not to be overlooked – that wood bar pattern. Another really cool DIY idea for your own home if you’re into that style.
How to use it in your own home: Buy a basic pendant and then ask someone who is way craftier than you to make these awesome wood geo surrounds. Or figure out a way to cram one into one of these. The point is – take something simple and add a detail that makes it all your own.
Plywood is the new black these days. Affordable and easily accessible, hipsters and designers are using it by the cartful. While I’m a bit over the look myself, I do like how a little ply and some basic 2×4’s created this triangle pattern throughout the space. Better yet, I love the way they’ve painted some of them in.
How to use it in your own home: Consider this as a facade for a wall treatment or kitchen island! These materials are easy to get at any hardware store.
I am alllllll about the corner decor. I’ve seen some really cool stuff (like wrap around neon lettering and art walls) but this is a super simple one for those of us who are less ambitious and like our greens. The key to this is the random placement which makes it feel fun and fresh. Bonus points if you work in a watering system like they’ve done here!
How to use it in your own home: Get some basic shelving materials (planks and brackets) and then have them cut to your specifications. Some short, some long, and some cut to an angle where they can meet to wrap around a corner or two. I’d love this in a bathroom!
This one’s for the remodelistas! If you’re considering some interesting finishing options for your own home, this one shot has plenty of food for thought. I’ve always loved those old tin ceiling tiles for their decorative nature, and they look beautiful here, but what’s really genius is that they’re kept behind glass casing to keep ’em clean and dust-free. I’ve also seen people do this with wallpaper in the kitchen. Then there’s that hit of herringbone wood, and the cool floor all in this industrial space. So, basically, I’m dying.
How to use it in your own home: Realistically, this look is pretty specific. But, again, think about mixing materials in your kitchen island. Visit salvage stores to find antique materials, and mix it with some industrial moments to achieve the overall style.
This one might be my favorite of the bunch – I am currently obsessed with penny tile. Everywhere. I love how they’ve wrapped it all the way up the counter in this cool restaurant, but the greens are also essential to making it feel fresh instead of cold!
How to use it in your own home: Anywhere you’d consider tile, consider this! Wrap the penny tile up the sides of your bathroom walls, or entryway! Think of it as an alternate to the ever-popular subway tile for the kitchen. And better yet, you can get crafty with patterns! Check out this post for a few ideas to get you started.