Cafe-style decorating is popular among people who like the casual atmosphere of cafe dining or who long to eat a baguette and drink coffee in a distant Parisian cafe. Creating this style isn't difficult. Although many different types of cafe decorating styles exist, from country cafe to French, some common elements exist between many of these styles. You can choose the decorative elements that most fit your decorating style or you can combine them to create a style all your own.
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Things you need
- Paint and accessories
- Table and chair set
- Napkin holder
- Salt and pepper shakers
- Curtains and accessories
- Wine bottles
- Fancy vinegars and oils
- Ceramic decorative items
- Wall art
Paint in cafe colours like butter yellow and deep red. Cafe decor utilises some of the most vivid colours in decorating. You can coat the walls in rich colours or choose to highlight just one wall to make an accent wall. If you take the latter option, you're going to use that wall to create a colourful backdrop for your decorative elements.
Lay down black and white tiles on the floor. Many cafes have linoleum or tile on the floor. Black and white represents a common choice, but other styles of tile work well, too.
Gravitate toward bistro seating by purchasing a wrought iron or chrome table and chair set. For sophisticated styles like French bistro, go with the wrought iron. For a more American cafe style, look to the chrome soda fountain-style option.
Set the table with a chrome napkin holder, sugar shaker, metal creamers and cafe-style salt and pepper shakers. In country styles, the napkin holders with the front dispensers are quite common. Find these at restaurant wholesale stores or second-hand or antiques stores. Add tall candles to the tables for a more romantic feel.
Hang or set up a daily specials board. Look for an old-fashioned chalkboard kind (as opposed to the dry erase models). Many of these feature a frame with some sort of restaurant or food motif.
Hang some cafe-style curtains. Gingham patterns are a good choice and come in a variety of colours.
Decorate with fancy wine bottles, vinegars, oils and other foodstuffs. In a bistro-style cafe, the food is part of the decorative scenery as well as the menu. If you choose this option, look for bottles with fancy labels and vibrant colours.
Display some ceramic items like ceramic roosters and strings of peppers. Ceramic decorative items are popular in this style. Other options include displaying pie birds in shadowboxes or pottery crocks.
Hang food-themed wall art on your wall. Possibilities include stylised illustrations of bakers making baked goods, still lifes of food or photographs of street cafes.
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