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Let's go shopping! Shop ideas.

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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For a change of pace, today we are going to take a look at some innovative and exciting shop designs from around the world. Keeping up with other businesses in this day and age is difficult; one needs to ensure they remain ahead of the game. Failure to do so may ultimately mean you will go out of business sooner rather than later.

From the get go, it is important to make sure your shop stands out against the competition and catches the eye of potential customers. So, employing the decision making and design skills like that of our homify experts, you can make sure that your business will be a highlight and a talked about shop before you've even opened..

We all scream for ice cream!

This kitschy and cute design of the interior of this ice cream parlor is both fun and playful and is literally the whimsical environment that would appear in the childhood dreams of many. Using a colour palette synonymous with ice cream and confectionary, the intention of this shop is in plain view—your sweet tooth and sugar cravings will be fulfilled.

Green with envy

Intro Menswear:  Commercial Spaces by NRN Design
NRN Design

Intro Menswear

NRN Design

Giving the shop an authentic and green feel (highlighting the already green clothing), sets a stunning backdrop for this interior fit out. Giving the shop an almost hunting lodge like feel with the stacked wood off cuts, the aura of the shop is warm and inviting.

“We knew the look had to be different, and NRN came up with exactly what we wanted. Suppliers keep telling me I should be really proud of what has been achieved and I am, so much so that I look forward to coming to work every day!” Irvin Grant, owner.


Anukoo is a fashion brand that stands for sustainability, fair trade and ethically produced clothing. And so, it is only fitting, that their store would reflect the ethos and ideals of the company. The concept was to create a spacious and open atmosphere with materials, where possible, that were shown beautifully in their original form—like the weathered white ash timber on the counter and back wall. The rest has been painted white, but still reveals a textural quality, much like fabrics they use. Overall, creating an ethereal and contemporary feel to the showroom.

Glossy magazines

In this example, we see a fusion between old world architecture and contemporary design. The ionic pillars are in direct contrast with the industrial and factory like ceiling, which is again played off against the intense white colour scheme and superbly modern counter tops and shelving units. It's as though a library of ancient times has been given a completely new lease on life with modern fixtures, tones and of course, 21st century publications.

Fresh ambience

A seafood restaurant on the Mediterranean shoreline was designed to make us feel like we are inside a boat or out on a day sailing.The wood panels lining the walls are painted white create this feel and are cleverly back lit by custom made lighting. Small pockets of vegetation also help to bring freshness to the place.

Earthy delights

The interior speaks of sincerity in architecture. Even thought the facilities have an industrial look, this cafe has a friendly and warm atmosphere. Due to the small size of the room, the kitchen and toilets are located on the inside, so there is the greatest possible amount of space for guests. Having a slightly vintage style, seen with the mismatched furniture, this cafe overall looks modern and neat.

To see more exciting examples of commercial design see: ’Ernest Inn and Country hotel Austria’.

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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