I have just spent a week in New York on the Modenus Blog Tour. We visited many great design shops and showrooms to learn about American design. In the evening food was often casual and we ate in some classic American diners. Now that I am home I thought it would be fun to try and recreate an authentic diner style dining room.
If you have an alcove in your home you can easily create your own ‘booth seating’ as found in diners. An upholstery company could easily make a couple of seat cushions and seat backs for you to create a dining area. If you are feeling brave you could even do it yourself – although if you want a curved booth you are probably advised to call in the professionals!
Another seating option would be some retro styled dining furniture, Cola Red have a great range of products for an affordable price. Reminiscent of the 1950s and 1960s the diner look is instantly created by adding any of their range to your home.
Bar stools are another way to add a retro feel to your home and they can also some add colour to your home. mydeco.com Marketplace has a really wide range of bar stools.
To complete the look add some American style accessories. Clocks and artwork are a good way to embrace a theme and finish the look. They can also easily be changed if you want to update the style of your room. This retro style Classic Line clock from mydeco.com has great 50s styling. Wall transfers can also set the mood – you can add your own American Electricity Pole with another mydeco.com find.
By using a few simple pieces of furniture and some accessories you can easily recreate your own New York style diner. This style doesn’t need to be overly done so keep it simple. Just choose a few products with a common colour scheme – and then start enjoying your hamburgers New York style!
After starting his own interiors consultancy business in 2004, Andrew Dunning created and filled a blog with useful and practical advice on how to transform your home into something truly stylish. His how-to and room of the week posts are a must-read. Take a look here - apdinteriors-blog.com. You can follow Andrew on twitter @andrewdunning. Read more posts by Andrew.