Nicola Holden Nicola Holden Designs

Detour Cafe, Shepherd's Bush

The owner of this Shepherd's Bush coffee shop wanted to recreate the New Zealand café culture from her homeland. The design needed to meet the following requirements:

  • Friendly & welcoming
  • Urban cool style with a laidback feel
  • Idiosyncratic
  • Outdoor lifestyle

Working with a graphic designer, a wallpaper mural of a typical New Zealand outdoor scene covers an entire wall of the café. The campervan in this mural, complete with ‘Detour’ number plate, introduces the warm orange accent colour that is used throughout the café in the pendant lights, bar stools and even the coffee cups and saucers. Orange was chosen as an accent colour as it combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It represents joy and sunshine, giving the café a feel-good vibe. 

The black ceiling and walls make the space feel cosy whilst the black tables, industrial style chairs and the black and white striped awning add an element of urban cool. The ‘Detour’ theme also carries on through to the cloakroom. 

The new design was accomplished within a tight design budget and a 4 day turn-around for the transformation. 

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