Inspiration for design and decor can be found all around you, but some of my personal favorite sources are restaurant and shops. Designers for commercial retail spaces spend a lot of time and effort creating environments that will draw specific reactions from their guests. They want it to be an experience for them, because when you feel good in your environment, you’re much more likely to embrace their product and feel inspired to spend money.
You can take advantage of this by going to some of your favorite shops and restaurants and asking yourself what it is about those places that makes you feel so good. Is it the color? Lighting? Use of texture and pattern? Look around and really make it a point to notice the details of your favorite store design. Take photos of certain aspects in the design that inspire you the most.
Here are 10 inspiring examples of store design that really nailed the concept of bringing you into their story and making you feel like you are someplace special.
Store Design Inspiration
A stunning mirrored chandelier bounces the light in the Dash boutique on Melrose for a glamorous effect.
Source: My Domaine
Big floral wallpaper at the Alannah Hill Emporium makes a bold, feminine statement.
Source: Travis Walton Architecture
The Dior boutique in Paris shows how you can mix industrial, metal elements with softer florals to create a dynamic contrast.
Source: Marie Claire
How charming are the clothing racks made from branches in this adorable, rustic shop called Beautiful Dreamers?
Kate Spade in New York City mixes vibrant colors like pink and orange with classic black and white stripes.
Source: Made By Girl
Jo Malone London goes for a classic look of black and white with clean lines and dark floors.
Source: The Beauty Shortlist
SHUGAA, a dessert bar in Bangkok, Thailand, does pastels perfectly. Check out that incredible staircase surrounded by glass block.
Source: The Contemporist
Christies Boutique in Poland mixes cottage-style, whitewashed wood with the more contemporary tiled accent wall in floral shapes.
Source: Retail Design Blog
How incredible is the wood ceiling in KwaZulu-Natal’s Kloof? It contrasts beautifully with the polished floor.
Weddington Way in San Francisco is feminine, yet cozy. The wood floors bring the warmth while delicate curtains and a glass bubble chandelier are more whimsical and soft.
Source: My Domaine
What are some of your favorite store interiors and showrooms?