Published on March 16, 2016

Mixmaster Decor: 12 Restaurants Changing Things Up Inside

From monochromatic brick walls brightened by eclectic art and colorful tiles to reclaimed wood-filled spaces adorned with neon lights and graphic designs, restaurants today are mixing up their decor in all kinds of ways. Check out our list of the spots doing it best (or even better, stop in for a tasty bite) to grab ideas for your own home. Here are 12 restaurants from across the country that’re really inspiring us to shake things up.

1. CONTRA (New York City)

Contra - NYC Photo provided by Contra.

Contra keeps things fresh in its minimalist, streamlined space with a chic combination of pale blue seating, exposed brick and an unexpected neon ceiling light.

2. MEI MEI (Boston)

Boston - Mei Mei - Contemporary Asian - Interior - Chalkart Photo provided by Mei Mei.

At Mei Mei, bright yellow chairs pop against wood tables while illustrated black and white chalkboard walls, creating a laid-back, upbeat vibe.

3. LORD STANLEY (San Francisco)

Lord Stanley - SF Photo provided by Lord Stanley. Photo by Robin Stein.

At Michelin-starred Lord Stanley, modern white and slate accents mingle with birch wood tables and rustic jars of candles in the sleek yet welcoming setting.

4. PICCA (Los Angeles)

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Picca’s two-story space is adorned with black and white graphics, wood tables and chairs, mirrored walls and an open kitchen at the center of it all.

5. CARLITOS GARDEL (Los Angeles)

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This Melrose Avenue Argentinean eatery features rich red curtains and chairs, collages of vintage photographs and a mix of industrial-style and twinkle lights.

6. THE HUNGRY CAT (Los Angeles)

The Hungry Cat - LA - Seafood - Interior - Dining room Photo provided by The Hungry Cat.

The Hungry Cat’s dining room — with its striped cloth banquettes, simple wood tables and bins of oyster shells — is a chic gathering of textures and materials.

7. THE COTTON DUCK (Chicago)

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The Cotton Duck, a New American restaurant and art gallery, features onsite exhibitions that rotate every three months. The relaxed, earthy vibe is made complete with stone garden-style floors, exposed-brick walls and industrial lighting.

8. ANI (Chicago)

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Ani combines rustic exposed brick with simple wood furniture, bright green trim and beautiful plants in a light-flooded dining room — the perfect space to take in the creative Japanese fare.

9. ABE FISHER (Philadelphia)

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Reminiscent of classic Jewish delis, Abe Fisher's intimate space has a retro feel, with a black and white checkerboard floor, a sleek black bar and dark green banquettes.

10. SBRAGA (Philadelphia)

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Sbraga’s dining room stays rustic yet modern, balancing wood-paneled pillars and nature-inspired accents with recessed lighting and a marble-topped bar.

11. DOI MOI (Washington D.C.)

DC - Doi Moi - Interior - Dining Room with Guests Photo provided by Doi Moi.

Doi Moi’s light, airy vibe stays vibrant with colorful tiled walls and Southeast Asian figurines set off by whitewashed brick, simple tables and chairs, and abstract metal light fixtures.

12. SPOKE (Boston)

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Spoke’s casual neighborhood setting feels fun and lively with its graphic walls and ceilings, mirrors and chalkboard menus, plus different types of light fixtures.

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