Aussies everywhere have embraced a new trend for their interior decor, looking towards restaurant and cafe fitouts in Canberra and across the country for their homes.

Jen Humphry, from the Sydney design firm Modify, says that people have taken inspiration from restaurants because food is a large part of Aussie life. Now, clients refer to eateries, restaurants and cafe fitouts in Canberra from places like Fred’s and The Paddington Inn, for interior design. She says that great design in restaurants allows Aussies to feel comfortable because they can actually see the aesthetics for themselves rather than just from a flat layout.

This comes at time where Aussie restaurants are now considering design more importantly than ever. Melissa Collison, the interior design behind Neil Perry’s Rosetta, says that customers want to be wowed, as people look for the complete experience when going to restaurants, with a benchmark getting higher and higher.

One of the more notable design trends have been the use of open kitchens, as people now want to see who’s making their food and how; they want to see their food being fried and steamed, they want to smell it, as part of the experience. This exposure has now driven up demand for the best kitchenware and appliances across the country, with most kitchens now getting multiple ovens, dishwashers, complex cooktops and commercial fridges.

Humphry agrees, saying that they’ve seen an increase in the use of high-end brands like Wolf and Sub Zero, as people desire the best commercial-grade kitchenware and appliances.

Kirsten Stanisich, Interior Design Director at SJB, the firm responsible for the design of the L’Hotel Gitan and the 12-Micron, located in Melbourne and Sydney, respectively, says that the synergy between restaurant and residential kitchen design is now more apparent than ever. She says that the experience of walking into a restaurant is on the same level as walking into one’s home.

She’s pointed that the firm has seen an increase in the use of banquette seating, which has become more popular recently, saying that, on top of their practical appeal, what makes them work in bar and cafe fitouts in Canberra and across the country also work for home spaces.

From a design and cost perspective, people are now more willing to spend more on their kitchens, seeing that part of the house as a hub, rather than just hiding it away, just heading for the kitchen when needed and then living in another part of the house.