Coffee shop interiors (+ how to get the look at home)

filmore-union-harrogateIt has been noted (mainly on my instagram) that I spend quite a bit of time in coffee shops. And while I do work from home (most of the time) I do like a proper coffee, especially with a side of nice, inspiring interiors. Plus I often find that it can get pretty lonely/boring as a freelancer so decamping to my nearest cosy cafe to work actually increases my productivity (honest). Luckily there a few really good places springing up in and around my home town of Harrogate as you can see from my last post, where I was admiring the interior design of our new local Filmore & Union.ย And I got to thinking (yes just like Carrie Bradshaw) why we like them so much and how we can recreate the look in our own homes.

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So the industrial-style coffee shop interior lends itself best to the kitchen obviously, although you could quite easily adapt many of these items to other rooms in the house too. I think metro-style tiling still works well in a kitchen or bathroom too as does vinyl flooring, which is an easy, inexpensive way to recreate those beautifully patterned tiled floors you often see in shops, cafes and restaurants. There’s a reason the #ihavethisthingwithfloors hashtag is so popular!


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Likewise pendant light fittings, especially minimal designs with an exposed bulb effect, could look really effective suspended in a row above a kitchen island or table but could also be used in a lounge or study to create feature accent lighting. I think these examples offer a nice, subtler lighting in comparison to those big, metal industrial lamps you often see in commercial interiors, which work fine there but can overpower a smaller, residential setting.


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Chalkboards in kitchens and other areas of the home have been used widely in recent years and I still really like them as they’re particularly nice for kids to interact with. However, cool alternatives include retro style pegboards and light boxes which allow you to have fun and customise your space as well as providing a useful place to make lists or leave messages. I also love the look of black marker pen used on white wall tiles, which I see a lot of in cafes and bars now. As long as it’s easy to wipe off, why not? One of my favourite cafes in Harrogate, called Baltzersens does this as you can see in this post.

Also look out for vintage style cinema chairs and metal stools, which look great alongside a breakfast bar and contrast perfectly with white and warm wooden interiors. And if you love statement tiles but don’t think you could cover a whole wall / floor, try using a few tiles as a splash back or use them to customise a kitchen dresser to create the effect on a smaller scale.

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And finally, if you can’t arrange for some cute and friendly barista to bring you a proper cup of coffee at home (latte art optional) then the next best thing is a decent coffee machine or espresso maker. We have this ROK one pictured above and it is brilliant. Not only does it look pretty good on your counter top but it’s so simple yet hands-on, you actually feel a little bit like your own personal barista. Alternatively treat yourself to a nice new caffetiere (a copper one would be very on-trend), set your laptop up on the kitchen table, stick on some achingly hip tunes and you’re half way there!shop-cafe-interiors

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For more inspiration, check out my pinterest board drink, shop, do!ย and if you liked this post feel free to pin the image below!




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lori //

Ooh i’m loving the bare lightbulbs and open cages at the mo I think they look really cool! also I do tend to try and switch it up with being at home and being out and about as I swear it helps motivate me. x

Kate //

I just switched out some dull pendant lights for small glass industrial type ones with the vintage bulbs over our kitchen table. Which happens to be next to our chalkboard wall, so I guess I’m well on my way to a cool coffee shop kitchen. ๐Ÿ™‚

Jess @ Along Came Cherry //

Great ideas! I love all your coffee shop photos, I rarely get to go in any nice ones as I always have the kids with me and need somewhere that disguises the noise and mess they make ๐Ÿ˜‰ x

Lia //

Such a great idea for a post! I really, really want a retro peg board – off to shop!! Damn you ๐Ÿ˜‰


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