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5 creative commercial spaces

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
Cake Walk Bakery&Coffee House:  Commercial Spaces by Balan & Nambisan Architects
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Designing commercial spaces can be a difficult task, especially if you are a new business. In this case, you want to stand out from the rest, ensuring your voice is heard well above the competition. In many ways, commercial design is far easier than standard residential design as you have a greater allowance for creativity. We are used to seeing bold colours, patterns and textures in cafes, restaurants and bars, but definitely not within our homes. When designing a commercial space, first and foremost, the brand and client needs to be identified before a concept is considered. If you are a high-class bar or restaurant, you may want to stick with muted tones for a classy and elegant aura. On the other hand, if you are a promoting something different, like relaxed and casual dining, you can add a little more excitement to a space given the clientele is not as specific.

Therefore, today at homify India, with the help of our experts, we are going to explore five different variations of commercial designs to help you find the right fit for your new or existing space.

Cake walk

Cake Walk Bakery&Coffee House:  Commercial Spaces by Balan & Nambisan Architects
Balan & Nambisan Architects

Cake Walk Bakery&Coffee House

Balan & Nambisan Architects

At Cake Walk Bakery & Coffee shop in Bangalore, the designers have employed an earthy and muted colour scheme, instead opting to play with material textures such as brick, stone, timber, steel and glass in their most pure and raw form. Curves and extruded forms are the key element in this design concept, taking what could have been a largely structured space, and making it vivacious and exciting. Given that rounded forms and curves are very rarely seen in design today, it is a refreshing change to see them executed properly. Having an almost outdoor feel, the rattan furniture perfectly complements the overall scheme, looking natural and a little rustic.

Icecream colours

When we think about icecream, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Warm weather, chocolate topping, pretty pastel colours and rainbow sprinkles—to name a few. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that we see this types of colours and fantasies represented in the fit out of this icecream parlor. The concept was to create a fuss-free, minimalist space with gentle accents of colour. This notion is reflected in the choice of furniture, lighting and subtle details which occupy the space. To great effect, the designer has created a space that appeals to both adults and children.

All day

5 All Day Cafe at Colaba:  Gastronomy by Design Kkarma (India)
Design Kkarma (India)

5 All Day Cafe at Colaba

Design Kkarma (India)

As mentioned in the introduction, a colour palette is very much governed by the intended use of the space. Aptly titled the 5 All Day Cafe, this space is designed to be used all day. The choice of colour scheme is energetic, vibrant and bright, with quirky hints of eclectic furniture. Open plan and light filled, it is of utmost importance that a commercial eatery looks fresh and modern, and not sterile and banal. This is exactly what has been achieved in the pictured setting.





Employing mood lighting, subtle colours and deep tones, this bar looks mysterious and sultry. Located in the Colonial part of Mumbai, and inside a historic art deco building, it is only fitting that the bar would reflect its vernacular. Texture has definitely played a huge role in the ambience of this space. First and foremost, we are drawn to the motif on the front of the bar which has been back-lit in lime green, and finally tucked away in the background, frosted glass panelling which reveals just a hint of what is hidden behind. Expressive and atmospheric, you can just imagine sitting at this bar with good company and of course, an expensive wine or whiskey in hand.


Conference Room:  Commercial Spaces by  Ashleys

Conference Room


Unlike the first four examples which are used for eating and drinking, this last space is used for conferences and meetings. Located within the Being Human Foundation office, this space fosters creative thoughts and innovation though exemplary modern design. Clean lines and attention to detail have been tied in with a contemporary and fresh fit out. The wonderful parquetry floor, in conjunction with 20th century modernism furniture and graphic wall motif, create a space that is both exciting and pure.

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