16 restaurants using bright colors the right way
what these restaurants taught us about decorating with vibrant colors.
Published Feb 20, 2016 4:00 AM
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From decorative pillows and bright flower arrangements to vivid paints and neon chairs, more and more restaurants are using splashes of color to create fun, inviting spaces. See how you can use vibrant details to add brilliant touches to your own home.
Lupulo – NYC
The Portuguese-inspired space at Lupulo features a patterned, blue-tile wall that adds a hint of coastal romance to the restaurant’s flirty black steel-top bar, wood tables and metal ceiling.
Waban Kitchen – Boston
Waban Kitchen uses warm colors — think shades of red, yellow and orange — to create a cozy, intimate vibe that pairs perfectly with its hearty New American fare.
The Blanchard – Chicago
The Blanchard’s dining room is comfortable and sophisticated — with neutral walls and simple table settings — allowing the abstract art and delicious French fare to shine.
Monteverde – Chicago
Monteverde uses wood tables and pretty hues — armchairs are soft shades of periwinkle and magenta — to create a comfortable, homey feel that jives with its soulful, regional Italian cuisine.
Comedor – Boston
Street-mural sized, playful art panels are an ideal match to Comedor’s vibrant, Chilean-inspired food and lively, inviting atmosphere.
China Chilcano – Washington D.C.
At José Andrés’ festive eatery China Chilcano, the decor is as brilliant as the food — red neon lights, patterned pillows and a spectacular wall mural contrast the streamlined, modern furniture.
Jaleo Bethesda – Washington D.C.
Inspired by colorful Barcelona, Jaleo Bethesda’s decor is bold and bright, featuring large murals plus red, yellow and orange accents throughout the space.
Jaleo Crystal City – Washington D.C.
The festive setting at Jaleo Crystal City — featuring striking red hues and high ceilings — creates a buzzy, fun environment for Chef José Andrés’ fantastic Spanish menu and unlimited Paella Sundays.
Jaleo – Washington D.C.
Jaleo’s geometrically patterned walls and ceiling bursting with color and movement, create a modern, festive Spanish atmosphere.
Pepita Cantina – Washington D.C.
The neon green, blue and orange hues at Pepita Cantina balance the restaurant’s wood floors, tables and ceiling, creating a lively yet comfortable vibe as awesome as its Mexican dishes.
Casa Luca – Washington D.C.
At Casa Luca, different shades of red add an element of romantic, sophisticated flair to the Italian eatery’s warm wood decor.
BOA Steakhouse – LA
Splashes of warm, rich colors highlight the stylish, dimly lit space at BOA Steakhouse, which offers delicious prime beef and seafood dishes.
Dia De Campo – LA
The Mexican fish house uses pops of color — red chairs, vibrant table candles and authentic Mexican Serape blankets — to create a relaxed, surf lodge vibe in an otherwise neutral, industrial space.
Laurel – Philadelphia
Small floral centerpieces in beautiful teal vases are a lovely complement to the warm, neutral table setting at Laurel, which allows the seasonally driven dishes to shine.
Cafe Clover – NYC
Cafe Clover boasts a chic setting with vintage mirrors, antique lighting and soft blue accents to create a comfy atmosphere that matches its delectable, vegetable-forward menu.
Seamore’s – NYC
Seamore’s uses tasteful touches of color — pastel green trimmings on the chairs, bright flowers and vibrant light fixtures — to create a dockside, beachfront vibe befitting its fresh seafood.