If you're looking for inspiration for your kitchen remodel, what better place to look than to people who cook for a living? Restaurants and bars have to be both functional and stylish, and they're an excellent source of ideas for your kitchen. Here are ten of our favorite restaurant interiors from around the world, along with renovating ideas to steal from each one.
Pictured above: King + Duke, Atlanta (photo from NO Architecture)
Ideas to Steal: That amazing, super-thick countertop edge detail, for one. And the mix of marble + wood + black is especially striking. Huge expanses of marble can tend to read a bit cold, but the wood does a good job of warming things up (and the leather accents in the barstools help, too). I can see this working with modern wood cabinets and a marble countertop, or a thick wood countertop paired with a marble backsplash.
Restaurant: Navy, New York City (photo from Design*Sponge)
Ideas to Steal: Half-square tiles used to create a quirky, meaningful pattern. And the copper countertops and backsplash - just lovely.
Restaurant: République, Los Angeles (photo from Oh Joy)
Ideas to Steal: Those patterned concrete tiles look pretty fantastic with wood cabinets, open shelving, and subway tile.
Restaurant: Blue Ocean Sushi, Carlsbad, California (photo from Bells & Whistles)
Ideas to Steal: The mix of black and wood tones, with a touch of red, is unexpected but definitely striking. I love the open shelving behind the bar, and I love those dimensional triangular tiles even more. Anyone have any idea where to find them?
Restaurant: Gracias Madre, Los Angeles (photo from Decor8)
Ideas to Steal: This whole modern Mexican-inspired look, with the patterned tiles and concrete countertop and abundance of white. And the style of the open shelving — the supports at the end give it an established, built-in look.
Restaurant: Golden Fields, Melbourne, Australia (photo from Est Magazine)
Ideas to Steal: Marble paired with dimensional white tiles, to add a little texture; sleek shadowbox-style upper 'cabinets'.
Restaurant: Horn Please, Melbourne, Australia
Ideas to Steal: Those lovely patterned tiles, for a backsplash or the side of an island, paired with a wood countertop. The detail of the countertop returning at the edge of the bar would be striking on an island, and the double row of low shelves is a great way to get in a little storage but still maintain a minimal look.
Restaurant: A Curious Teepee, Singapore (photo from El Blog de Agus)
Ideas to Steal: Those dramatic open shelves.
Restaurant: Eat Drink Americano, Los Angeles (photo from Dustjacket Attic)
Ideas to Steal: The combo of rustic wood, metal countertops, and subway tile; those fabulous industrial-style open shelves.
Restaurant: Josephine House, Austin, Texas (photo from Domaine Home)
Ideas to Steal: Angsting over whether to devote precious wall space in your kitchen to windows or storage? Why not have both?
(Image credits: NO Architecture; Design*Sponge; Oh Joy; Bells & Whistles; Decor8; Est Magazine; Horn Please; El Blog de Agus; Dustjacket Attic; Domaine Home)