Cafe Kitchen Decor

While cafe kitchens often revel in 19th century French charm, an increasing number of these spaces introduce more modern elements, such as contemporary tile and industrial lighting fixtures. Even though no strict set of rules apply when designing a cafe kitchen, certain qualities regularly appear, such as vintage-style seating and marble accents. Today we take a look at cafe kitchen decor and discover ways to incorporate this quaint, crisp style into the modern home.

Ideas of Cafe Kitchen Decor

First Idea: A Black and White Color Scheme

An overwhelming number of cafe kitchens feature a black and white color scheme, often realized through airy white walls, with black accents such as cabinets, counter tops and tile. In the room below, a black kitchen island and a gray subway tile backsplash complement clean white cabinets and counter top surfaces.

Black and White Cafe Kitchen with Grey Tiles

Black and White Cafe Kitchen with Grey Tiles

Although black and white are so popular for cafe kitchen decor, but it doesn’t mean we have to avoid other colors. Many cafe kitchens feature bright red walls, or hues such as yellow and minty blue. Have fun and be true to your style!

Modern Black and White Cafe Kitchen

Modern Black and White Cafe Kitchen

Second Idea: Marble Surfaces

There’s just something about marble! In fact, this building material lends an upscale vibe to the spaces it inhabits. In the rustic modern cafe kitchen below, a marble backsplash and counter top keep the room from looking too primitive.

White Cafe Kitchen with Marble Backspalsh

White Cafe Kitchen with Marble Backspalsh

In fact, white marble with grey veins is one of the most popular selections for cafe kitchens, as shown in this collection of items from Crate & Barrel. Note the French Kitchen Island, with its topping of white Carrera marble.

Charming Modern Cafe Kitchen with Carrara Marble

Charming Modern Cafe Kitchen with Carrara Marble

Third Idea: Cafe Flooring

Picture your favorite neighborhood cafe. Is the floor hardwood? Perhaps a black and white tile? It’s no wonder so many cafe kitchens feature restaurant-style flooring. In the Norwegian kitchen below, checkered tile enhances the black and white cafe elements of the space.

Another extremely popular cafe kitchen flooring choice is hardwood. Below we see the Rustic Kitchen Square Table, which looks both earthy and modern resting on dark wooden planks.

Cafe Kitchen with Wooden Flooring

Cafe Kitchen with Wooden Flooring

Fourth Idea: Chalkboards

What better way to create a French cafe effect than to hang a chalkboard on the wall? For a dose of fun, list the week’s menu items! Also note the chandelier–cafe kitchens often feature an antique or two, whether they are new or reproduction.

Chalkboard in Cafe Kitchen Decor

Chalkboard for a Backsplash in Cafe Kitchen

Another image related to the using of a chalkboard, the kitchen below shows how blackboard paint can be used to create a backsplash, which doubles as an artistic statement.

Chalkboard for a Backsplash in Cafe Kitchen

Chalkboard for a Backsplash in Cafe Kitchen

If chalkboard paint is appealing to you, try using it to cover an entire wall! Not only will it enhance the cafe look, it provides a canvas for artwork and organization.

Fifth Idea:  Vintage-Style Artwork

Cafe Kitchen with Poster Decor

Cafe Kitchen with Poster Decor

We can’t forget about the power of vintage posters! In fact, many a cafe kitchen features French food poster art, some truly antique and others reproduction. Not only do food-themed vintage posters whet the appetite in a room where eating is celebrated, they add an authentic cafe feel, as shown in this image.

Sixth Idea: Subway Tile

Subway Tiles in Cafe Kitchen

Subway Tiles in Cafe Kitchen

Cost effective and classic, subway tile is the perfect addition to a cafe kitchen. Rather than serving as a flooring supply, subway tile is frequently used as a wall or backsplash material, appreciated for its modern yet classic look.

Seventh Idea: Pendant Lighting

Pendant Lighting for Cafe Kitchen Decor

Pendant Lighting for Cafe Kitchen Decor

Nothing says “restaurant” like prominent pendant lighting. Not only does it shed light on a space, it adds height, drawing the eye upward with dramatic flair.

Eight Idea: Cafe Chairs

Cafe Chairs for Cafe Kitchen

Cafe Chairs for Cafe Kitchen

Perhaps the single most popular cafe kitchen feature, cafe seating really brings the Parisian cafe look home! Below we see Crate & Barrel‘s French Kitchen Table with its cast steel and aluminum base, along with its polished Carrera marble top. The real star of the room is the Vienna Side Chair, a reproduction of the classic bentwood chair. The original was designed by Michael Thonet in 1859, and this update is produced in one of the original Thonet factories. Note the black lacquer finish on this amazing set of seats!

Ninth Idea: Bar stools

Bar Stools in Cafe Kitchen

Bar Stools in Cafe Kitchen

Top it all off with a couple of stools! A bar and its seating add to the restaurant-like ambiance of a cafe kitchen, especially when the stools feature an unexpected twist. Take the diamond pattern on the woven seating below, a well-loved take on cafe chairs. These pieces are traditional, yet they bring a splash of bold patterning to the space.

Tenth Idea: Stainless Steel Appliances

Stainless Steel Appliances in Cafe Decor

Stainless Steel Appliances in Cafe Decor

Stainless steel is modern and industrial. Not only does it update a space with a clean look, it mimics the feel of a restaurant kitchen, meshing well with both contemporary and vintage decor. In the space below, stainless steel cabinetry and appliances are a nice counterpart to an antique ceiling.

If stainless steel appliances are a no-go, display shiny cooking items, such as metal colanders, chrome-finish blenders and tea kettles. A rug with a tile pattern can achieve the look of a checkered floor, and the addition of a French-style food poster can make a cafe statement. A collection of cake domes can also create a gourmet kitchen effect. Top it all off with a white bowl of lemons or a potted herb, and your cafe kitchen decor is ready for entertaining!