Have you ever had the experience where you were sitting at dinner and you looked around and thought “oh man, I wish I could just move in here?” Well, we certainly have! Atlanta is chock-full of great restaurants and just as many stylishly-decorated restaurant interiors. We rounded up 5 Atlanta restaurant interiors we love and took cues from their decor to share some tips.
Walking into St. Cecilia in Buckhead feels like you just stepped ashore in an Italian fishing village (that also happens to be upscale, stylish and well collected). Ford Fry’s large bistro space is filled with light and layers rustic textures and neutral creams, brasses and even, black steel. Bookshelves are filled with Italian cookbooks, stuffed taxidermy and other interesting found objects. The giant marble bar is somehow both comfortable and striking at the same time. Steal some ideas from St. Cecilia for your own home by starting your room with a cream or neutral beige paint, then layer in black and brass. Top it off with collected curiosities and you’re getting closer to this elegant Mediterranean look!
The Optimist, West Side
Designed by NO Architecture and Smith Hanes Design
Photo credit: The Optimist
This west side building is stylish, reclaimed Atlanta at its best. The Optimist embraces its former warehouse space but has softened the harsh lines with well-placed texture (including striped curtains, reclaimed wood and steel). Its nautical feel permeates the space through the surfboard-inspired bar, bar shelving inspired by lobster traps and deep, light-filled windows. Get this look by finding your inspiration in some 70s surfing images. Start with a dark paint palette (gray with cream accents) and then add in reclaimed wood and nautical stripes. The result? A terribly chic room that will transport you to another place and time.
Barcelona is a great example of mixing natural materials with metallic accents and using a neutral palette to allow the place itself to shine. Floor to ceiling wood creates a warm, inviting space and showcases the fun and quirky art throughout the restaurant. Add in a blackboard wall by the bar, dramatic sweeping tan curtains and white linen tablecloths and it feels like you’re having dinner at a very fashionable friend’s house. Recreate this look with lots of wood-look tile (found at your hardware store), brown and black paint and some great art in a similar color palette.
The downstairs of JCT Kitchen feels like you just walked into an elegant southern farmhouse, steeped in tradition but with a little bit of fun added in. We love their color palette of whites, creams, mint greens and dark browns. Add in big windows for a light, airy and comfortable dining experience. Recreate this look with dramatic floor to ceiling beige curtains, light drum lighting, white batten board walls and mint accents.
How cool is West Egg? We adore this light, modern warehouse space on the west side (and their breakfast is amazing to boot!). The mix of black and white is offset with warm brown tables and chairs. Did you notice the black ceiling and light fixtures? So chic. Recreate this look at home with a room with high ceilings. Layer subway tile, large mirrors and black light fixtures with brown and black furniture. And don’t be afraid to get a little adventurous by adding a black ceiling!
What’s your favorite restaurant in Atlanta? Any restaurants with cool design we didn’t mention that you think we should have? Tell us!