"Steal from the best" is an adage we're bringing straight to the dinner table. Taking cues from some of the most impeccably turned-out eateries the world over, we're currently culling inspiration from true professionals. From the edited sophistication of a modern Italian aesthetic to the decadent femininity of Parisian cool, these incredible dining environments are enough to get anyone in the mood to redecorate. Bring home these artful design tips and your next meal will feel like a destination in its own right.
Cotton House Hotel in Barcelona is a beautiful mélange of laid-back elegance and unaffected, chic details. Dramatic bronze and glass globe pendant lights make a bold statement, drawing the focal point of the space upward. Statement lighting emphasizes ceiling height, complimented perfectly by light rattan furniture and bright white accents.
There's no better example of allowing a chandelier to have a moment that Buca Restaurant in Toronto. Pairing sleek modern furniture in masculine black leather and heirloom wood with a singular and iconic lighting fixture is easy and artful. Get the look by pairing feminine, organic shapes with edgier, dark materiality.
We love the unexpected juxtaposition of raw, white-washed woods with classic subway tile at Shoreditch House in London. Experimenting with materiality allows for an improvisational mood that feels found, inviting, and timeless.
The floor alone at T'a Milano in Milan is enough to have us making a pilgrimage to a marble yard in Italy. There's nothing more Italian than impeccable tailoring. Clean-cut lines and edgy, architectural accents provide the perfect counterpoint to organic elements, from raw stone to lush velvet.
Hudson Furniture Kolb Bar Chair (price upon request)
Soho House Toronto proved brown and black are an impactful and winsome color combination. If you're working with a smaller space, consider positioning a booth or sofa flush against the wall to create a dining nook. Pepper in some symmetrical lighting accents, and you'll nail the private-club mood.
Kelly Wearstler Souffle Sofa (price upon request)
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