Depending on the location of your cafe or restaurant, the much expected summer may be much too short. To appeal to customers that are craving sun, warmth and color, don’t waste the opportunity to bring some summer vibes into your space. Summer restaurant decor can be as simple as adding a few flower arrangements or fresh bouquets to your tables, but don’t shy away from elements with big visual impact.

Below, we put together a few ideas for your restaurant’s walls – the best and most impactful canvas you have at your disposal.

Floral wallpaper

While wallpaper is definitely more complicated than paint, it has a stronger presence and creates an instant reaction. When it comes to sprucing up your place with summer restaurant decor, floral wallpaper is the it element.  

The front foyer of Leo’s Oyster Bar in San Francisco is a perfect example of daring wallpaper used in an elegant way. Custom-designed and perfectly combined with real plants and wood accents, the wallpaper invites customers into a corner full of lush vegetation and deep color.

Wallpaper with lush vegetation creates striking summer restaurant decor

Photo: Douglas Friedman via

The same concept takes a unique artistic turn in this corner where oversized vegetation makes customers look at the surroundings from the perspective of a small creature. 

Spectacular wallpaper with oversized summer flowers

Wallpaper from Cara Saven Wall Design. Photo via Pinterest

Inspired by Southeast Asia flowers and plants, this wallpaper is the perfect match for an Asian-food restaurant. 

Restaurant interior with summer lily mural

Photo via Gallery Wallrus

Of course, there is nothing that spells summer like an incursion into the Hawaiian spirit and colors.

Wallpaper with Hawaiian print for cafe summer decor

Aloha Tropical Multi Paper Strippable Wallpaper by Graham & Brown from Home Depot

The textured Urban Floral MulticoloRed vinyl wallpaper is as luxuriant as a summer garden, but stays within a more restricted and elegant color palette. 

Red and green botanical wallpaper for elegant restaurant design

Urban Floral MulticoloRed Vinyl Strippable Wallpaper by Superfresco Easy from Home Depot

Durable, washable and tear-resistant, this Garden Party wallpaper celebrates the luxuriant flowers and colors of summer.

Summer-inspired floral wallpaper in bright colors

Garden Party Wallpaper by York Wallcoverings from Home Depot

Summer art or photography

If you feel that applying wallpaper require too much of a commitment, you can choose instead to use wall art as restaurant summer decor. This collection of nautical prints makes you almost feel the summer breeze and gives you an exhilarating sense of freedom.

Summer-inspired wall decor for restaurants

 Tropical Summer Wall Art Set from Yellowbird Art & Design Store via Amazon

For a coastal location, this surf art collection may be an excellent fit, especially if your restaurant or cafe caters to young people. 

Beach-themed wall decor for summer restaurant interior

Coastal Wall Art Set from Amazon

This cheerful canvas print from sculptor, muralist and professional painter Patricia Pinto is a great alternative that leaves behind the subtle chromatic scheme and fills your wall with bright colors.

Colorful beach cabana wall art for restaurant summer design

Summer Beach Cabana I Wall Art from Great Big Canvas

In fact, a single piece of wall art, well chosen and strategically placed, may be everything you need to create a summer feel. In this restaurant, the large photo print in the back creates the impression of a window that opens to the beach. 

Restaurant interior with single piece of summer wall art

Art by Elizabeth Anne Designs

If the colors of your interior are muted or neutral, a summer-themed piece of wall art can have a great impact and drive the mood of your place.

Colorful beach-themed wall print against neutral interior

Depending on its size, a snapshot of the beach can make your entire restaurant look prepped for summer. If you choose an intriguing piece of photography like the one below, you also offer your customers something to contemplate, weigh and analyze. 

Beach photography art above coffee shop bench

Green or moss wall art

You can recreate the look of lush vegetation inside your restaurant by using green or moss wall art. Such green accents are associated with summer, energy and abundance, and create a feeling of both security and wonder.

Allow yourself to be creative and let plants fill unexpected corners. The impact of green decor is instant and guaranteed. Combined with subtle lighting, green wall art gives your customers the pleasant impression that they are dining outdoors. 

Green wall of luxuriant plants in romantic restaurant

Photo via Artisan Moss

Wall lights or string lights

Finally, nothing creates atmosphere like light. String lights have become almost synonymous with summer nights spent with friends at an outdoor cafe. They create a wonderfully romantic ambiance that make your customers stop and linger. Use them to finish off your outdoor area, to outdo the local competition, and to create a unique look. 

String lights with unique shape for outdoor space

Crossett 16′ Solar Powered 30-Bulb Mini String Light from Wayfair

If you are thinking to open a new business or are in the process of rebranding and remodeling your existing business, contact us to get a free consultation from Mindful Design Consulting. Click HERE to price your project design.

Also, take a look at “Branding By Interior” e-book, the only book written on this subject at this time. It brings insight on how you can turn your business into a market-dominating competitor by using human cognitive responses.

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