I don't know about you, but when I eat at a restaurant I pay almost as much attention to the decor as to the food. Even if eating at one of these stylish restaurants from all over the world isn't in the cards for you right now, you can still feast your eyes on their lovely interiors... and take home some decorating ideas for your own space. Bon appétit!
Ideas to steal: Definitely the herringbone floor with the mix of light and dark woods. And the mix of modern and frilly Victorian elements — genius.
Restaurant: The Gallery at Sketch, London
Ideas to steal: A gridlike arrangement of same-sized frames, painted the same color as the wall, is a great way to fill a big space. And any color scheme (pink on pink on pink, anyone?) is elevated by the addition of a little gold.
Restaurant: Romita Comedor, Mexico City
Ideas to steal: Don't be afraid to shake things up a bit. Black walls and dark woods establish the moody feel of this space, but checkered tile floor and the abundance of plants lighten things up and add a touch of the unexpected.
Ideas to Steal: A full-wall mural makes a wonderfully dramatic backdrop for furniture.
Ideas to Steal: One modern piece can really add a whole new dimension to a traditionally-styled interior. And one boldy colored piece of furniture will go a long way towards brightening up a dark room.
Ideas to steal: The color scheme of cool greys and blues, with touches of metalics; oversized plants indoors (a great way to bring texture to a modern interior).
Restaurant: The Musket Room, New York
Ideas to steal: Strong textures (weathered wood + brick) paired with jewel tones make for a rich, lush interior.
Ideas to steal: Wood elements are the perfect thing to warm up a black & white mix.
Ideas to Steal: Who says chairs have to match? Mix them up for an eclectic look. Also, try mixing delicate pieces (like the bentwood chairs in the photo above) with more industrial elements.
Ideas to Steal: Adding a little velvet instantly elevates any look. The velvet banquette and modern light fixtures take this look from country kitsch to stylish and unexpected.
Re-edited from a post originally published 8.19.14-NT