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Style spy: three lessons to learn from the iconic interiors of Sketch

Planning a kitchen redesign? Get inspired by exploring this stunning London hot-spot
   Katie Byrne  |  written on: 15-04-2019 17:00pm

First throwing open its doors in December 2002, Sketch is one of London's most iconic hang-outs, as famed for its exquisite interiors as for its mouthwatering afternoon tea.

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Set within a Grade II listed building in the heart of Mayfair, the property was once the headquarters of both the Royal Institute of British Architects and fashion label Christian Dior, and was still registered to Dior until the late 1990s.

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Inside iconic London restaurant, Sketch.

Purchased by Mourad Mazouz, the Head Chef is Pierre Gagnaire, with the menu served based on Gagnaire's Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris.

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With all that in mind, here's a trio of stylish lessons to bare in mind when considering the venue as inspiration for your next kitchen or dining room project...

1. You can never have enough of one colour

If you love it, believe in it and run with it. In the case of Sketch, of course, the clear colour of choice is a soft dusky rose, combined with metallic pops of brass and gold to keep the aesthetic warm, inviting and effortlessly sophisticated, too.

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Inside iconic London restaurant, Sketch.

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2. Don't be afraid to be bold
In start contrast to all that dusky pink is The Glade (shown below), Sketch's thoroughly grown-up cocktail bar where a mural-esque wallpaper stretches across the walls. Also, don't afraid to play with colour and texture, too. In the case of this particular dining space, for example, some might consider rainbow-upholstered chairs, hot pink lighting and metallic surface tables to be a tad OTT.

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Inside iconic London restaurant, Sketch.

They would, of course, be wildly incorrect, because as shown above, it all ties together perfectly. The lesson here? If you want to run with a theme, embrace it with both hands; in the case of The Glade, it's a gloriously decadent maximalist vibe that pervades throughout the space.

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3. Any room has potential to host a gallery wall
If your home plays host to an assortment of artistic prints and framed photos, why not try amalgamating them into one zone to create an impressive gallery wall?

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Inside iconic London restaurant, Sketch.

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Oh, and of course...
We can't praise the swoonworthy interiors of Sketch without giving a moment to the bathroom situation. Achingly modern and arguably the down-right coolest toilet cubicles out there, each cubicle is a work of art. 


Inside iconic London restaurant, Sketch.

NEXT! After some more pink-infused inspiration for your home? Get inspired with our moodboard of ideas - click any image below to start exploring.

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Katie Byrne

Katie Byrne is a writer, editor and filter fan (coffee, not Instagram), and lives in a Georgian-built flat that features various statement cobwebs.

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