I’m sure I’m not the only one who loves heading down to my favourite local café on the weekend – partly for the food and company, but also seeking that cool café decor, buzz and vibe. People have loved gathering at public places (hence the word ‘pub’) for centuries, but we Australians seem to have made the local café our ‘pub’.
Cafés not only incorporate great design ideas, but have an ambience that’s totally conducive to eating, drinking, chatting, reading and just chilling. Australian cafés often take their cue from recycled or up-cycled materials, hard-wearing finishes, and retro pieces to bring about a warm, cosy and inviting atmosphere. Wouldn’t you love to create a café look and feel in your home? Choose rustic materials, salvaged pieces and industrial furniture to achieve this welcoming and eclectic look. Then add some knockout appliances, cool lighting, open shelves and fun signage. Here are some additions to create an edgy yet inviting space that your family and friends will want to hang out in for hours.