Express some espresso coffee-shop style

Think converted warehouse and exposed ceilings, where function meets beauty, and you’ve got a starting point. The New York coffee houses might not do the best coffee in the world, but their coffee-shop styling is spot on.

With the current trend for counter-top coffee machines and retro styling there has never been a better time to create your own coffee shop style at home. As the recession squeezes our purses more than ever, spending £4 on a venti, extra shot, skinny vanilla latte, no whip, no foam, sounds almost as ridiculous as ordering it does. Instead why not create your own cosy coffee shop style interior and enjoy coffee with friends in the comfort of your own home and at a fraction of the price?

1. FrancisFrancis! X1 Coffee Maker 2. Enamel mug 3. Traditional copper pendant light 4. Shack pendant light 5. Georgian wing chair 6. Shoreditch coffee table 

How to get the look

This look is back to basics and eclectic, which means it can be done cost effectively, some reclaimed benches and some second hand leather chairs – that have already been thoughtfully worn in – with the addition of a factory style pendant lamp and you’re more than half way there. Choose furniture that is comfortable and functional without elaborate decorations. Traditional materials such as bare wood, stainless steel, leather and copper all work well together.

Exposed pipes and vents in the ceiling aren’t something you can create in a residential space, instead focus on getting the floor right, distressed wooden floor boards achieve the back to basics look.

You could be fooled into thinking that Gossip Girl’s Dan Humphrey’s Brooklyn loft apartment was in fact a New York coffee house. Exposed white washed brick work achieve the distressed look while the vintage oriental rugs are key to making the space comfortable and homely.

Coffee house style is perfectly suited to loft apartments and open plan kitchen dining spaces. Breakfast bars are common place in many kitchens nowadays, but a breakfast and an espresso bar are much of the same, this is a golden opportunity to get maximum use out of your dual purpose bar.

To make your space more cosy use bookcases and barn-style sliding doors to break-up and seperate different living areas to create nooks and booth style seating areas. This look is great when you want to separate casual and formal dining areas, it’s far cheaper than timber stud walls and can be a point of interest or a design statement.

If you want to get the look, strip back your plaster and expose some old brick work, or uncover your orginal floor boards and you need a tradesman to help you get the look espresso, without a venti budget, look no further. We have 1000’s of quality, local tradesmen on hand, post your job for free on and we’ll put you in contact with up to 3 tradesmen who will be quoting for your job in a shot.

You can review the 3 tradesmen’s ratings online and pick your favourite. Once they’ve completed the work don’t forget to rate the tradesmen to help other homeowners pick their next tradesmen. Have a happy latte!

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