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8 Must-See Design Ideas to Steal from Your Favorite Restaurants

Dining out should be an impressive experience for all the senses, which means nailing the ambiance is just as important as perfecting the menu. To get the aesthetic right, restaurants often embrace the latest design trends even before they make their way into homes. Whether it’s a cozy neighborhood café or a fancy French-inspired brasserie, you can learn a lot about interior design from your favorite eateries. Here are eight restaurant design trends you’ll want to take home with you.

1. Living Decor

Living walls are one of the freshest trends in restaurants right now. Many eateries create tapestries of foliage using vertical gardening techniques, or employ live herb walls for farm-to-table freshness. The same ideas can liven up your home too. Create your own living succulent wall, or simply hang shelves and populate them with your favorite potted houseplants.

2. Layered Lighting

One major takeaway from restaurant interiors: Lighting is everything. It can instantly change the mood of a space from cozy and intimate to bright and energetic. Layer your light sources—including table lamps, overhead fixtures and natural lighting—to achieve the vibe you want. For day-to-night customization, look for bulbs that can dim and brighten (or even change color).

3. Luxurious Seating

Comfort is key to an enjoyable dining experience. Take cues from high-end eateries and invest in seating that feels luxurious. Opt for furniture with rounded shapes and plush upholstery for spaces where you want to relax and stay awhile, such as dining areas and living rooms.

4. Patterned Cement Tile

Easy-to-clean and durable enough for high-traffic areas, cement tiles are a popular flooring choice in bustling restaurants. For the same reasons, they work well in home kitchens and bathrooms. Select tiles with eye-catching patterns and color combinations to turn your floor into an objet d’art.

5. Reclaimed Materials

Restaurants have many ways they can practice sustainability, including sourcing produce from local suppliers and composting or reducing food waste. Some are taking steps toward “going green” by using environmentally friendly building materials in construction. Borrow this eco-focused mindset during your next home remodel by using materials like reclaimed wood, recycled metal and other sustainably sourced products.

6. Rich, Saturated Colors

Bold hues like deep green, navy blue and mustard yellow are trending in a big way. These intense shades create a lively atmosphere. They can also make a large space feel more intimate, so splash some saturated color around a room you want to cozy up.

7. Mixed Styles

Design rules were made to be broken, and dining establishments are increasingly taking a more eclectic approach. Adhering strictly to a specific style is no longer the status quo in homes, either. Go ahead: Mix midcentury modern furnishings with global-inspired textiles, or hang traditional artwork against walls coated in an on-trend paint color. The unexpected pairing brings visual interest to living spaces.

8. Statement Entries and Powder Rooms

Restaurant owners know that first impressions are important, especially when it comes to areas like entrances and bathrooms. Copy this concept by decking out your entryway or powder room with statement-making elements like graphic wallpaper, shapely accents and metallic finishes. Because these areas have a relatively small footprint, you can make a big impact with little investment.