Hello, Your House readers, I’m Will Taylor from Bright.Bazaar blog and I’m delighted to be guest posting for Barker & Stonehouse. Those of you who may have followed my work to date will know that I have a penchant for two things: colour and design. Over the course of my guest posts I will be sharing with you a range of stylish spaces, and pairing them with my personal tips on how to decorate successfully with colour.
To kick off my series of guest posts I’ve decided to feature the interior of Hally’s, a restaurant in London’s Parsons Green that was inspired by the owner’s trip to California. The interior perfectly reflects the relaxed, Southern Californian vibe inferred via the menu, which features healthy, Californian local-inspired food using largely organic and ethical produce. The interior design was modeled on a Californian beach house – and the references to cool city eateries in Los Angeles and laid-back delis in the likes of Venice, CA and Santa Barbara, CA are clear. The design puts colour and texture at the forefront of the scheme: reclaimed wood floors, pastel dipped chairs, white clapboarding and neon signage all feature throughout. Here are my four tips to master a similar interior to Hally’s laid-back look:
1. Ravishing Repetition
A simple way to achieve an instant eye-catching design statement is to pick a star item in the scheme and repeat it. In this restaurant it’s the yellow Tolix-style bar stools that play this role. Note how the designers kept the number of stools to five – an odd number. This is important as odd numbers almost always look better than equal in interior design, especially when repeating a piece of furniture. The simple design on the chairs lets the bold yellow hue take centre stage and anchors the bar area into the scheme, stopping it from appearing to ‘float’ amongst its equally light and bright surroundings.
2. White Delight
Painting brick walls will help to soften and lighten an industrial look. While leaving exposed brick walls un-painted is still a popular trend in rustic warehouse interiors, painting bricks white gives a softer and calmer vibe, which is perfect for layering in other key design elements such as pattern and colour.
3. Delightfully Dipped
Dipping Bentwood chairs in pastel shades instantly gives this classic a current twist – pastels have been at the centre of interior design trends for several years now. Leaving one of the chairs around your dining table un-dipped will prevent this approach from looking too saccharine. This was especially important in this scheme because the repetition of the yellow chairs is so striking that any more repetition in the same space would risk competing with the eye for a natural focal point.
4. Tactile Texture
With a predominantly white scheme – when floors and walls are white washed, for example – it’s important to introduce texture into the space to invite visual and tactile warmth. Think about picking a key piece of rustic wooden furniture, such as a dining table, and then use that as the reference point when considering textural elements elsewhere in the scheme.
What inspires you about this restaurant design? Which elements of the look would you invite into your home?
Restaurant design by Alexander Waterworth Interiors