Nowadays, more and more designers are beginning to approach commercial spaces as one would a home.
Take a look at the newer developments in the city, for example at old klang road, and you will see this design philosophy rings true. Commercial design is increasingly taking inspiration and appreciation from traditional home design.
For example, interior designers and decorators are increasingly abandoning the traditional uniformity found in restaurant design for the free-spirited, cozy and layered atmosphere that is often found inside our own homes.
These designers start the design process by looking at the bare bones of the space and deriving inspiration from it by mixing old foundations with new accents.
This creates an authentic and detail-oriented atmosphere that is not only chic but comfortable too. The idea even extends to hoteliers as well, giving rise to the increasingly-popular boutique hotel.
The take-home message from all of this is that people are becoming so much more visually educated. Customers (and by extension homeowners) are caring more and more about the details.
Restaurants are no longer just food-oriented. In order to adapt to ever-changing tastes, they must become more personable in design and décor.
The disregard for a single, template, design style helps designers stay current in order to create timeless spaces that aren’t too-this or too-that. In other words, a young and fresh vibe that isn’t too trendy and can stand the test of time.
Perhaps one could learn a thing or two by doing the opposite by bringing in some inspiration and perspective from commercial design into a home.
As with restaurants that take an unconventional home-like decorating approach, rooted in the idea that a restaurant does not have to be restaurant-like, likewise you can do that for your home as well, with the idea that inspiration is a two-way street.
The idea is that every inch matters, which is just as you would approach designing your personal space.
Read on for some tips on how you can bring these restaurant design trends into your own home.
1 – Don’t be afraid to mix styles and designs
The top tip that homeowners need to take home is that they shouldn’t ever be afraid to mix things up.
While this doesn’t mean that you should mix up pieces with styles at the opposite end of the spectrum, such as Industrial vs French, you can experiment with pieces that are a combination of styles.
You can consider looking for pieces that have multiple sources of inspiration, like blue-and-white pottery that is quintessentially country-house but with a Moroccan detail. You can also go the other route and make your pieces less placeable.
For example, when choosing a fabric treatment or a tile pattern, pick something that is unplaceable.
This helps keep things more streamlined so that your elements don’t fall into a specific look or style. This helps you have more choices when deciding on the surrounding elements and accents.
2 – Go bold with bathrooms and entryways
Bathrooms and entryways are the perfect place to showcase some creativity. Due to their smaller spatial footprint and separation from the rest of the house, they are great candidates for an explosion of fun and boldness.
In many modern restaurants or hotels, you’ll often find a bold bathroom as part of the décor.
For example, you can choose a wallpaper that extends from the floor to he ceiling, or pick a vibrant floor tile to give your space a unique touch. As these areas are some of the places most guest frequent, you can really make an impact and create a special moment for your guests.
3 – Layer lighting to transition from day to night
One of the most important aspects in any commercial design is lighting. In fact, it is fundamental in the creation of an inviting ambience. This idea can be extended to home design.
Consider lighting fixtures that are versatile that serve to create both daytime and evening moods. You wouldn’t want harsh fluorescent lighting for the coziness of night. Likewise, you wouldn’t like dim yellow lighting for the day.
A great idea is to layer fixtures – such as sconces, overhead lights, table-top lamps, in order to achieve a lighting system that can transition perfectly from daytime to nighttime.
Don’t forget the final touch – a dimmer!
4 – Consider the bones of your home
Sometimes, in any decorating endeavor, you might be tempted to gut-out your home right away and start from scratch. However, don’t discount the potential of the bare bones of your home.
Instead of tearing everything apart, find ways to work with the existing architectural elements of your home.
For example, if you have ceiling beams, expose them. If you have beautiful brick walls, retain them. When you really appreciate the bones of your home and highlight the authentic framework, you will end up with something that is beautiful and full of character.
From that, you can work on accenting I in a way that fits your personality in order to maintain some cohesiveness throughout your space.
5 – Styling should always come last
The key to creating a home that feels polished and chic is to save the styling and decorating to the very end. This does not mean that it is any less important. Rather, this last 10 percent of the design process is crucial.
This is when you map out your décor and styling choices in order make sure that they work well together.
By saving styling for last, this allows you to put the finishing touches on your space creatively and with more freedom, because the foundation has already been laid out.