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Cafe style guide in kitchen interior


The kitchen in the style of a cafe is a kitchen stylized as a cafe in the spirit of retro or vintage, namely under:

  • French bistro;
  • Italian trattoria;
  • English bakery;
  • American diner from the 50s;
  • ... or any other cafe.

For those who want with their own hands to model in their kitchen the relaxed and relaxed atmosphere of a coffee shop, confectionery, pizzeria or restaurant, we have prepared a list of 10 decorating ideas and 100 photos for your inspiration.

10 design ideas for a cafe-style kitchen

1. Get the bar counter

The bar counter will not only support the style of the cafe in your kitchen, but will also make it more convenient for snacks, parties and computer work.

In a small kitchen, she will be able to replace the dining table, and in a large kitchen, divide the space into zones of the kitchen, bar and dining room.

The most authentic bar counter is a counter in a partition niche, as, for example, in this small kitchen in a studio apartment.

Tip: if there is no place at all in the kitchen, then you can convert a window sill to a bar counter.

2. We decorate the dining area a la bistro

Particular attention should be paid to the dining area. After all, having issued it correctly, you will already half achieve the very atmosphere of a cafe.

For the kitchen in the style of a cafe fit:

  1. Forged tables and chairs;
  2. Wicker furniture;
  3. High tables and chairs;
  4. Round tables;
  5. Tables on one leg;
  6. Sofas;
  7. Benches;
  8. A combination of 2-3 small tables like, for example, in this kitchen in the style of a French cafe:

And here is a selection of photo examples of the design of dining areas (scroll slider to the right).

Cafe Tables

And of course, do not forget about the themed decor of the dining area. This may be a small bouquet of flowers on the table, hanging clocks or sconces on the wall, pointers and inscriptions (we will discuss this issue in more detail below).

Tip: in search of tables and chairs in furniture stores, do not forget to look into the garden furniture department and contact organizations that sell specialized restaurant furniture, including street furniture.

3. Using open shelves, racks and rails

The open shelves in the kitchen are not very practical, but they exactly correspond to the canon of bistro style, since they resemble bakery display cases or the workplace of a barista in a coffee house. You can completely abandon the headset cabinets not in every kitchen, but for a couple of shelves and roof rails in addition it is not so difficult to find a place.

If the kitchen and dining area are isolated from each other, then the kitchen can be turned into a professional kitchen of the chef with a “warehouse” in the form of a rack as in the top right photo.

Tip: do not forget to put on the shelves a stylized cafe decor, for example: jars of spices, bottles of oil, wine glasses, copper Turks, etc.

4. We include characteristic colors in the interior

In the interior design, advertising and corporate identity elements of restaurants and cafes most often use colors that stimulate the appetite: red, orange, yellow, burgundy. This is especially true for American diners of the 50s.

Tip: In the kitchen in the style of an American cafe red, orange and burgundy are most often diluted with contrasting white, black and blue tones. The interior of the kitchen in the style of a Parisian, Italian or English bistro is more appropriate muted shade of red or burgundy in the vicinity of more natural shades - gray, terracotta, beige, brown, etc.

If your kitchen faces south or bright warm shades are not to your taste, then you can choose any other color as your primary color. For example, green as in the photo below.

5. Choose the right finish.

What materials to choose for finishing walls, floors and apron?

Our choice:

  • This brickwork or its very high-quality imitation in the decoration of the walls;

  • Chalky wallpaper or lettering paint for 1-2 accent walls;

  • In facing the apron - tile "hog";

  • On the floor is parquet and / or tile, especially authentic is the color of paving tiles and black and white;

  • Wooden lining along the walls;

  • Old-fashioned wallpaper designs — flowered, checked, etc., or with a themed print;

  • Themed wallpapers for highlighting the accent wall;

  • Airbrushing, painting or frescoes on one wall;

6. We make out windows in the style of a cafe

Curtains are another style-forming detail of kitchen interior design in the style of a cafe. For an improvised French, Italian or English restaurant, curtains of discreet colors and country motifs of the following types are suitable:

  1. Curtains cafe;
  2. Roman curtains;

  • Striped awnings canopies are a direct quote from a bistro style. The photo below shows an example of how to beat such curtains in the interior of the kitchen in the style of a cafe.

The same red awnings, blinds and any curtains with a chess or thematic print will fit into the interior of the American diner.

Tip: ready-made curtains in the right colors and size are hard to find, so it’s better to order them in the atelier, on the website of the Fair of Craftsmen, and even better - sew with your own hands.

7. We give preference to technology and sanitary in retro style

If you are at the planning stage of kitchen design, then try to choose all household appliances and sanitary ware in retro style, since today you can buy it at any store.

If your goal is to update and convert an already formed interior or you do not have the opportunity / desire to choose all the equipment from the refrigerator to the retro-made coffee machine, then you can buy only a couple of stylized appliances, for example, a toaster or a kettle from Smeg.

Tip: in the interior of the kitchen in the style of a cafe, small household appliances are not only the necessary things, but also part of the entourage. If there is enough space on the table top, then there may be a lot of devices and you should not hide them in the closet.

8.We decorate the walls with vintage or retro signs.

Creating a little France, Italy or England in your kitchen, do not forget to add one or a couple of signs and display words like "Bon appetite!", "Bistro", "Patisserie", "Café" in French, English "Bakery", " Tea time "," Coffee "," Cookie "," Good morning! "And so forth and Italian“ Cucina "," Ristorante "," Pizza "," Spaghetti ", etc. For American retro themes, signs with LED backlighting will fit like “Open”, “Grill”, “Bar”, etc.

Tip: A large selection of different imitations and real vintage (or retro) signs can be searched on the Etsy website or do it yourself.

9. We create cozy lighting.

Take advantage of the techniques of restaurant light design, with their help, you can instantly create an atmosphere of seclusion and romance in your kitchen, for example, during dinner. The lighting in coffee houses is always local and warm, so let a candle stand on your dining table too, and a wall lamp, a ceiling lampshade, a chandelier-chandelier or a country-style lamp hang over it.

Of course, the working area should also be well lit, and for the surroundings you can hang a wall lamp as a street lamp.

10. Select themed decor and accessories

As you know, the style of the interior is created by the details, so try to choose the decor, dishes and various accessories of the appropriate subject, but keep in mind that they must be of good quality so as not to look like a sham.

Here are some decor items that can decorate the kitchen in the style of French bistro.

But such a kitchen in the style of American diner era of pop art.