7 Decor Ideas to Steal from Beautifully Designed Restaurants

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When looking for new inspiration for a kitchen remodel or refresh, don’t just browse other kitchens. Instead, look to your favorite local restaurants for ideas to use in your own home.

We chose a few favorite restaurants from around the country and pulled elements you can steal for your kitchen or dining room.

1. Brass lamps are always a good idea.

This high-design fast-food chain in Copenhagen, called Palæo, shows just how well brushed brass pendant lamps can work in almost any situation. We really can’t think of a kitchen that they would look bad in.

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2. Use patterned wallpaper.

Seamore’s, new seafood restaurant in New York City, does a great job of mixing a lot of decor elements seamlessly. But our favorite part is the bold patterned wallpaper; it anchors the space, but doesn’t feel overwhelming.

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3. Embrace open shelving.

The SHED in Healdsburg is a restaurant, farm stand, shop, and event space, and throughout the bright, airy building, you’ll find tons of open shelving. They have it in the shop area, of course, but also sprinkled throughout the rest of the decor.

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4. Think beyond subway tile.

Yes, we love subway tile, but a tiled backsplash is better when it has a bit of a twist. That’s just one of the things we love about the wall behind the bar at Launderette in Austin. The zigzag pattern adds interest, and the shiny gray hue makes the tile look like stamped tin from a distance.

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5. Embrace vintage and retro decor.

We’re going to guess you don’t want your kitchen or dining room to be quite this retro, but taking inspiration from Streetbird Rotisserie, the newest restaurant from Marcus Samuelsson, is a great idea. Try using retro dining chairs or incorporating a vintage sign.

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6. Choose colorful dining chairs.

One of our favorite ways to embrace color in your kitchen or dining room is to opt for colorful dining chairs. You can follow the model of Cho77 — a Denver restaurant specializing in Asian street food — and choose matching chairs, or you can collect a range of colors and styles to liven up your kitchen.

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7. When in doubt, add artwork.

Art is essential for a happy kitchen, and the Victory Sandwich Bar in Atlanta knows it works well in the dining room, too. We love the way these prints are clustered around the square windows, making them feel like part of the arrangement.