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

Today’s restaurants have perfected the art of dining. Why not adopt some of their tricks
   EKBB Magazine  |  written on: 30-08-2021 17:30pm

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 our favourite looks for the home.

- The Grain Store, King’s Cross, London
This sustainable restaurant and bar is owned by Michelinstarred French chef Bruno Loubet, drinks pioneer Tony Conigliaro and the Zetter Group. It was designed by Russell Sage who wanted to blur the boundaries between the kitchen and dining room, with a large open-plan space for lots of seating and elements of the cooking process spilling over to the table.
RESERVATIONS Call 020 7324 4466 or visit

The Grain Store, London

- Spring, Somerset House, London
Light and uplifting, this restaurant is owned by acclaimed Australian chef Skye Gyngell and designed by her sister Briony Fitzgerald. This grand dining room features clustered pendant lights that hang like clouds, Dinesen oak flooring and a service counter in white bookmatched marble. Pink, white and neutral hues tie this calm scheme together.
RESERVATIONS Call 020 3011 0115 or visit

Spring, London

Get this look…

If dark and industrial isn’t your cup of tea, then you’ll most likely be drawn to a light and open layout with an airy feel. If you want to achieve this look in your kitchen, consider choosing richly grained marble for a splashback, work surface or island wrap-around and pick light wood for flooring and cabinetry. As a whole, this is a timeless style that draws on our need for order and simplicity but also a desire for a warm and welcoming feeling in a place where we like to spend quality time. Essentially this look is clean and simple and particular attention is placed on the smaller details. Once you’ve decided on larger aspects such as cabinetry and furniture, think about the finishing touches such as cup handles for drawers, contemporary glass lighting, white china and ceramics and handmade dishware. Artisan is a key word to keep in mind, for example a handcrafted kitchen with natural materials feels like a hands-on cook’s kitchen. Pull-out chopping boards, chunky worktops for food preparation, accessible storage and a freestanding island all feel at home in this style of kitchen.

At Your Service
Featuring a compact island in black walnut with a maple worktop and tall legs, the Williamsburg kitchen is fitting for a home that needs additional preparation space. From £60,000 at Plain English.

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Williamsburg kitchen at Plain English

Make It Marble
The Artisan kitchen has a 30mm Terra Bianca natural granite worktop and splashback, as well as L-shaped cabinetry painted in Old Bell House and island in Pantry White. The dark vein running through the marble provides an eye-catching feature. Prices for this kitchen start from £25,000, John Lewis of Hungerford.

Artisan kitchen by John Lewis of Hungerford

Eco Design
The Loft kitchen designed by Team 7 is constructed from solid sustainably managed European hardwood. It can be handmade using a choice of walnut, oak, maple, cherry, beech, or alder. Prices start from £50,000 at Wharfside. Check out the Silo restaurant in Brighton, which is an inspiring zero waste restaurant, designed using upcycled materials.

Loft kitchen by Team 7

Credit: Emma Foale (Words)
Published: As featured in EKBB Magazine, Issue 240, April 2016. Prices mentioned are at the time of publication

Also read:
How to Bring Home the Look of Your Favourite Restaurants… Part I
5 Ways to Create a Country-Cottage Style Kitchen

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