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4 Design Ideas that We Can Learn from Coffee Shops

Recreate the cozy vibe of your favorite hangout at home


Many of us relish time spent in coffee shops because aside from enjoying a fresh cup of coffee paired with sweet pastries, we also get to spend some quiet time, catch up on our reading, and simply relax. Even if there are moments when a group of friends laugh out loud or chatter in between sips of coffee, the one-of-a-kind ambience is undeniable. Whether it's the warm lighting, wooden accents, or the aroma, the whole place seem to invite you to settle on a chair and forget your worries.

If you want to come home to the same vibe everyday, you can get design ideas and a dose of inspiration from your favorite coffee shop! Get the coffee maker up and running and consider working on these tips:

Main photos from: Decoholic and Alvhem.

Add mood lighting

Set the mood at home by choosing lighting fixtures that are reminiscent of coffee shops. Consider getting warm, yellow lights for the dining area or balcony. If you're looking for just the right piece, you can drop by Match Contract Furniture. They have modern and industrial options that you can check out.

Make the most of natural light

Most coffee shops have huge picture windows that let the sunshine through. If you're thinking of using your favorite coffee place as peg for your work or study area, consider placing the table by the window. This gives your nook an airy feel. Complete the look by choosing a wooden chair and rustic-inspired decor pieces. 

In photo: Hillside Cafe. Photo by Michael Angelo Chua.

Work with neutrals 

Notice the color scheme of most shops? More often than not, they utilize the brown and cream combo that's paired with touches of wood. If you want something similar, you can experiment with neutrals as these are safe options and very easy to work with. Inject wooden elements by choosing wooden bowls as catchalls, trays as magazine organizers, and even wooden planters.

Prioritize comfort

How long do you usually stay in the coffee shop? We're sure that many would answer at least an hour or two hours the most. With comfy chairs and soothing background music, we can probably stay in the shop all day. To achieve this at home, invest in sturdy yet comfortable sofas. If you already have a quality piece, update it by adding fluffy pillows and throws.

For those updating the home office, you can also choose to add a comfy chair instead of the usual office pick. If you are looking for just the right chair, you can visit Dimensione for options.

In photo: Bag of Beans Tagaytay. Photo by Kurt Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions. 

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