Can all white be warm, or will it always feel sterile and cold? I get asked this all the time. What is interesting is that people are more willing to take design risks in restaurants and cafes than in their homes. This predominantly white cafe has bold graphics and tons of texture to add interest in the space. I love the use of classic tiles like octagon mosaic tiles on the floor, white subway tiles on the walls, bead board counters with marble counter tops. The antique brass light fixtures are so lovely. The neutral background lets the fun reclaimed wood ledges and vintage fans stand out. Its fun without being funky. I would love to have this classic cafe style in my next house’s kitchen.
Restaurant design is so exciting for me to see when it is done right. I love Cafe Plenty in Toronto, its located downtown and the atmosphere is amazingly cool and calm. White surroundings in this European cafe focus your attention to the textural elements – both visual and tactile. Freshly baked treats, gourmet sandwiches and salads are all made from scratch, and the menu is seasonal in order to ensure the quality of the produce.
I wonder what the bathrooms look like?
Do you want this classic cafe style in your home? Here are some materials and products I found to get the look (some affiliate links used).
250 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2Z5
Photos by David Whittaker