Stealing Ideas from Commercial Spaces for Your Homes

Do you have a favourite cafe or store that has interior design that you love? Have you ever thought about taking your home’s interior design inspiration from that space? Why not? After all, these commercial spaces are always top of the trends and beautifully designed. Here are some great examples of how you can take interior design inspiration from cafes, offices and other commercial spaces.

1. Dining Area

Inspiration from Commercial Spaces

Pendant lighting is a major interior design trend right now, and one of the most popular spaces you will see them is in the dining area of homes. Which makes taking inspiration from cool cafes and restaurants such a perfect option.

The placement of these cool pendant lights in the Joe & Dough cafe at Kallang Leisure Park show you how to create a dedicated dining area by lining up different sizes and shapes of pendants. 


At the Novena outlet of Joe & Dough, the pendant lights are placed in a circular design that’s lower to the table-top creating a more intimate vibe.

Designed by: Liid Studio

If you are looking for something to make a strong statement, these sculptural shades at Tess Bar & Kitchen are an interesting option.

Designed by: 0932


Inspired Homes

A variety of shapes and sizes, plus the addition of hanging pendant lights at different heights from the table-top, like in this Arc apartment in Tampines, creates a stylish and elegant vibe.

Designed by: Chapter B

You can see how using multiple colours for your pendant light shades can add a strong design concept to your home like in this Bedok North home.

Designed by: Starry Homestead

The use of three differently sized pendant light shades in this Senja Gateway dining area echoes the same vibes of Joe & Dough but of a more neutral, minimal style.

Designed by: Starry Homestead

This Yishun Road home has gone all out with a large statement pendant light fitting over the dining table that certainly stands out.

Designed by: IDID Pte Ltd


2. Kitchen Area

Inspiration from Commercial Spaces

With modern business adding lots of homey touches to their office spaces, don’t be surprised to see some great inspiration for your kitchen and pantry in hip and cool office areas like this one from an office in Ubi Avenue.

Designed by: Starry Homestead


Inspired Homes

This Teow Hock Avenue kitchen has clearly taken inspiration from streamlined Scandinavian style that’s popping up in a lot of modern offices and commercial spaces.

Designed by: Voila

Taking inspiration from office kitchens that are also used for meetings, this Punggol Walk kitchen has a great coffee spot for chats.

Designed by: Starry Homestead

This Bedok Reservoir kitchen space has taken inspiration from the strong geometric lines that you will often find in fun office spaces.

Designed by: Starry Homestead


3. Study Area

Inspiration from Commercial Spaces

It makes 100% sense to get inspiration from stylish modern offices for your own study or home office space. This Joo Chiat office offers spots for showing off products, which can easily be transformed into spots for books and knicknacks.

Designed by: The Interior Lab

Another way to take inspiration from office spaces for your home is to look at how they add colour to spaces to create various zones of activities like in this MMJ Design Loft office area. Lighting is another good idea to take from modern offices; to create good lighting for work, you can also add lights to your storage spaces as shown below!

Designed by: MMJ Design Loft

This Eunos office space mixed up a variety of desk heights to create spaces for standing desks and the usual sitting type of desk.

Designed by: Neu Konceptz


Inspired Homes

Great storage options that give a streamlined, more ‘business’ style design to this McNair apartment home office space. The use of desks that can be separated is also handy if you want to create areas of privacy for study.

Designed by: Mr Shopper Studio

This neat home office or study area in Bedok North uses colour to create a clearly defined work space.

Designed by: Starry Homestead

This Bukit Batok home office has been fitted into a small area - combined with a walk-in wardrobe - but the use of proper office chairs and built-in storage gives it a slick office feel.

Designed by: Zenith Arc

This Dunbar Walk home office space has used storage for both office materials and also home decor items to create a stylish space.

Designed by: De Style Interior


Discover more exciting interior inspiration; read our stories about how to use decorative details to create a personal space; find some inspiration for creating a cosy bedroom, or discover which interior design style suits your taste and your personality. 


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