How to Create An Industrial Style

While you may think the success of a good cafe is down to the quality of coffee that it serves you’d be wrong in most cases. The key to running a successful cafe is to create the sort of ambience that tempts customers to stay for longer and indeed, to share their experience with their friends. Industrial design has seen a huge surge in popularity over recent years and has been a growing trend with cafes and bars.

What is industrial furniture?

The key strength of industrial furniture lies in its stripped back, raw, simplistic style. While styles can vary from simple minimalist to more complex aesthetics, the hallmark of industrial furniture relatively remains the same in that less is more.

Industrial furniture is largely recognised as having a distinctive mix of wood and metal. This has meant that many cafe owners have refurbished their venues to include an industrial décor in order to create an atmosphere and ambience which is loved by young professionals, in particular. The warmth of wood tones contrast with the coolness of metal to bring a relaxing and calm ambience to any space.

Why is industrial furniture so popular with commercial venues?

Industrial furniture uses robust materials which means that this quality furniture can last a lifetime, which in anyone’s books has to be a great return on investment. Another reason is that industrial furniture is incredibly simple, which in turn equate to less maintenance. Nuts, bolts, and rivets are typically left in full view and while this adds to its charm, it’s also a sign of a great build. In a venue such as a cafe where furniture is getting a lot of use, you just can’t go wrong with industrial furniture.

How to achieve an industrial style

Industrial style is all about making a feature of the rough side by getting rid of a tidy finish and replacing it with raw and less than perfect elements. Although you may not have the restored factory style complete with exposed brick work and pipes to help create the industrial feel, you can still achieve the look with industrial style furniture. Hardworking materials such as cement, wood and metal are essential to the look and can be easily paired with industrial style chairs, tables, and bar stools.

Although not typically industrial, try using key pieces of soft seating to complement the industrial look. Our tub chair upholstered in charcoal fabric is perfect for an industrial theme and adds those important elements of warmth and comfort.

While the Tolix brand springs to mind when putting together an industrial look there are plenty of other designs which can be used to good effect. Our Cargo stools stand out from the crowd with their timber seats and steel frame. Or for something totally different, why not consider our Drum stools which can be customised in the broad white bands to advertise your brand. The Detroit stool with its adjustable height is another stool that fits into an industrial theme really well. Don’t forget your tables either. You may not have raw concrete in evidence but how about incorporating our ‘cement’ Isotop table tops into your design. When paired with black metal bases, they really look the part. Finally, any industrial design needs a pendant light or two, as these are great for task lighting over your countertops.

If you fancy embracing the industrial style then we can help. At Cafe Furniture Melbourne we have a wide range of industrial style furniture so why not browse our online store or drop by our showroom to take a closer look for yourself?

5 Of The Best Cafe Interior Design Trends For 2019

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Are you thinking of revamping your cafe’s interior in 2019? If transforming the interior of your cafe once you’ve seen the old year out and the new year in is likely to feature at the top of your New Year resolutions list, then we’ve put together some of the top interior design trends you might like to consider.

Earthy Tones

We challenge you to flick through a home décor magazine and not notice the prevalence of the earth tone colour palette. To be honest, it’s one of our favourites which works particularly well if you’re trying to create an ambience that feels warm and welcoming. Green is back (did it ever go away?) and this is reflected in interiors comprising green and earthy shades. As such grey and beige is back as are neutral shades contrasted with warmer colours such as deep rich blues, terracotta, and warm shades of green. To achieve this look for yourself why not create a statement wall by painting one of your walls a deep shade of terracotta and leaving the others a pale beige. Pale timber table tops surrounded by wood furniture such as our bentwood chairs or our ladder back chairs with caramel cushions would work really well to create warmth and depth.

Bold wallpaper

We’re suckers for bold wallpaper and if you’re looking to make a statement then papering just one wall of your cafe with a colourful print featuring birds, foliage, tropical flowers and the like, is an easy and inexpensive way to do so. Go on…. go mad!

Ice cream colours

Who doesn’t like ice cream? We certainly do! Pretty pastel shades like soft pink, vanilla, pale lemon, and chocolate can be mixed and matched to create a look that’s so yummy you could almost eat it. You can experiment with one of these tutti frutti colours on a single wall or several if you’re feeling especially brave. Alternatively try introducing one or more of these colours with accessories such as dining chairs, pendant lamps, or tableware.

Rugs on walls

Yes, we know that most people use rugs on their floor to create a feeling of warmth and cosiness but how about hanging a couple on your walls to create a textural piece of artwork? It’s not quite as crazy as it sounds.

Statement ceilings

Let’s face it, most of us are too preoccupied trying to decide on a colour for all 4 walls that by the time we get around to the ceiling it’s easier to reach for a pot of white paint. A statement ceiling can totally transform the look of your cafe and also makes a talking point. If your room is already decorated but you feel it lacks that certain something …… then try looking up!

At Cafe Furniture Melbourne, we don’t just offer design advice we also stock a wide range of cafe furniture in all sorts of designs, colours, materials, and sizes. Why not browse our online store for inspiration or take a visit to our showroom where you can see our products first hand. See you there!