Now that September is in full flow, it’s Will Taylor from Bright.Bazaar here checking in with the latest edition of my restaurant design column for Your House. So far I’ve looked at inspiration from a pastel scheme as well as a restaurant decorated in saturated, modern brights in August’s update. So this month’s column takes it’s lead from the changing seasons and looks at how to seek out decorating ideas for autumn via a rustic-industrial restaurant design.
Jamie Oliver’s restaurant designs always hit the winning spot in Mr. Bazaar’s book. You can certainly feel an industrial edge filtering through from the Italian brand of restaurants into this new Trattoria outlet, which is designed to be a smaller and more intimate dining experience. Blacksheep, the company who designed the interior, were not tasked with a specific design approach but were told that it should reflect a local independent feel. Many of the fittings were reclaimed with doors from a salvage yard in Dorset, tiles from a local church and booths made from scaffolding planks. All of these elements have contributed to the rustic-industrial feel of the space, which also features rich colour layered throughout.
I really like how there are different types of seating options as part of the design. I often feel like popping into a restaurant just for a coffee or quick sweet treat but when there are only formally dressed tables available it doesn’t feel like the right dining atmosphere. Here they have an informal, almost lounge-like area at the front for casual dining and coffees, as well as more formal tables with cosy button tufted banquet booths for longer meals. Another huge plus point for me is the considered lighting options: dining under bright lights is one of my pet hates! By combining mix and match seating at home you will be able to recreate the casual relaxed vibe seen here in Jamie’s restaurant. You can take two routes: either mix up the shape and design of each chair, but keep the colour family consistent, or switch up both the designs and colours in each chair for a truly eclectic and thrown-together look.
If you wish to still keep an element of luxury amongst the rustic-industrial elements, invite design notes such as button tufting and marble. By introducing such elements alongside the classic industrial parts of the space (subway tile, wood and metal tables etc.) you will create visual contrast – this is key to creating a stylish interior. This juxtaposition of styles puts emphasis on the individual parts of the space and prevents everything from blending together and becoming unmemorable. How do you like to combine design elements in your home? How will you be updating your home for the new season?
Shop the look: 1. Olive Wood Round Board | 2. Cadiz 3 Pendant | 3. Bleecker Dining Chair | 4. Clear Small Neck Bottle | 5. Cadiz Cart Bar Table | 6. Parador Trendtime Hard Flooring | 7. Asquith 2-Seater Sofa
Interior design by Blacksheep