The Design Details to Steal from Commercial Kitchens

The Design Details to Steal from Commercial Kitchens

Taryn Williford
Oct 13, 2015
(Image credit: Celia Topping)

Serious cooks deserve serious kitchens. And, let's just face it, there's something weirdly romantic about having a kitchen at home that looks like the back of your favorite restaurant. Whether you're re-doing the whole place or just looking for one small way to inject a little commercial style into your space, here are the five best bits of style to steal from commercial kitchen design.

Above: The London loft of food writer Anissa Helou. See more of her home on Design Sponge.

One unit in the Los Angeles Gallery Lofts, designed by Incorporated
(Image credit: Eric Straudmeier)

Stainless Steel Everything

It's tough and chic, even in big doses. Why stop at the stove and fridge when you can have an entire kitchen island made from sleek steel? Consider it for shelves, backsplashes and countertops, too.

A basement bistro conversion by designer Matteo Bianchi
(Image credit: Matteo Bianchi)

Bar-Style Seating

The bar is my favorite spot in a restaurant, and it can become your favorite spot in your home. All the same benefits apply: Being able to casually pull up a stool and socialize with the entire room.

Open Shelving

I know open shelving isn't for everyone (some of us like to conceal our mess, OK?), but if you can swing it looks-wise, nothing will make meal prep easier than having everything out in easy reach.

An Atlanta kitchen from Teracotta Design Build
(Image credit: Jeff Herr)

Glass-Front Refrigerators

Like the open shelving, glass door refrigerators make cooking easier by letting you see everything you have at a glance. If you can't or don't want to commit to a see-through model as your main fridge, consider adding a small one below the counter just for beverages.

The K/BIS Idea Center kitchen in the July/August 2007 issue of Kitchen and Bath Ideas Magazine, from KitchenLab via Houzz
(Image credit: KitchenLab)

Mise en Place Storage

You likely don't need to keep an assembly line of ingredients out in full view, but you can take advantage of the same type of drop-in countertop storage system for your kitchen tools or oft-used seasonings.

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