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How to Bring Home the Look of Your Favourite Restaurants… Part I

Today’s restaurants have perfected the art of dining. Why not adopt some of their tricks
   EKBB Magazine  |  written on: 24-08-2021 08:20am

From brave colour combinations to banquet seating and stunning light fixtures, there’s so much inspiration to be found in restaurant design now. In a three-part feature series, we look at adapting some of our favourite dining spaces for the home.

-  Brasserie Blanc, Avebury Blvd, Milton Keynes
Recently redesigned by Blacksheep, this sophisticated brasserie is based on the philosophy of ‘Chez Nous’ which loosely means ‘at home’. It’s open all day, providing a place to enjoy the morning papers, to gather with friends or for a family meal. Vintage finds are used throughout, with two stunning chandeliers and a variety of seating including table, banquet and booth arrangements.
RESERVATIONS Call 01908 546 590 or visit

Brasserie Blanc, Milton Keynes

- The Kitchin Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland
This Michelin-starred restaurant, owned by Scottish chef Tom Kitchin and his wife Michaela, is set in a converted whiskey bonded warehouse. The couple worked with Stephen Patterson of Burns Design on the interior scheme. Original wood and stone features add character to the intimate dining area which includes walnut tables, cosy grey and silver hues, turquoise accents and wallpaper by Timorous Beasties.
RESERVATIONS Call 0131 555 1755 or visit

The Kitchin, Scotland

- Typing Room, Town Hall Hotel, East London
Built in 1910, this grand building is named after its original typing room where important documents used to be put to ink. Opened in April 2014 to critical acclaim, this is the restaurant of head chef Lee Wescott. It was carefully restored by Rare Architects and the interior has been designed by Ariana Rees Roberts and Lucinda Johnson. It’s decorated with teal-coloured walls with atmospheric ceiling lighting, wood flooring and metallic accents.
RESERVATIONS Call 020 7871 0461 or visit

Typing Room, East London

Get this look…

First impressions are always important and one aspect of restaurant design that we tend to feel drawn to is the atmosphere and ambience. When you walk into a restaurant your senses are attuned to the conviviality of the space, and if you instantly feel warm and welcome then you’re much more likely to enjoy your time spent there. Restaurants in converted barns or restored buildings for example, are showing us different ways that we can make the most of architectural detailing and authentic features in our own kitchens and make them feel a natural part of the décor. Exposed brickwork, period windows, original tiles and mouldings are becoming more attractive design features. To soften this look and create a place to relax and eat, your choice of seating and soft furnishings should be spot on. Consider the layout of your room and if you can fit in banquet seating this will create a more intimate dining space. Around a dining table, upholstered high-backed chairs in your choice of fabric will help achieve a formal yet comfortable dining area.

Original Features
This remodelled, three-storey Victorian townhouse by Ade Architecture has a double-height ceiling. A combination of dark painted cabinetry, gold-coloured tapware and exposed brick walls create a look that’s a beautiful blend of traditional and contemporary styles.

Kitchen by Ade Architecture

Dark & Beautiful
The Real Shaker kitchen by deVOL is painted in an on-trend in-house dark grey called Flint. This is contrasted with white honed marble worktops and warmth is added with wood surfaces and stools.

Real Shaker kitchen by deVOL

Credit: Emma Foale (Words)
Published: As featured in EKBB Magazine, Issue 240, April 2016

Also read:
Profile: A Georgian Kitchen Designed to Socialise
Profile: A Living Room Designed to Cook

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What are some of your favourite restaurant looks?

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