Small restaurant layout

You may dream of opening a quaint little restaurant that offers something different from the cookie-cutter interiors and services of the big chains. However, the small square footage of such a restaurant may come with challenges. How can you use your limited space in a way that makes your interior functional, efficient, and easy to […]

Elegant restaurant in neutral tones

The safety and security of your restaurant, its staff and guests are paramount. It is crucial not only to actively protect your property and inventory but also to ensure the safety of your employees and customers. With a myriad of security camera options available on the market, selecting the right one can feel like a […]

Mango Bliss Store Design by Mindful Design Consulting

Restaurant interior trends come and go, and businesses that want to retain their customers should always pay attention to these changes. What diners enjoyed yesterday may not be what they’re looking for today, so being able to change and accommodate these evolving tastes is essential for the success of a business. Here are a few […]

Customer taking a picture of an appetizing dessert

In the competitive world of culinary delights, the visual appeal of a dessert store is often just as crucial as its flavors. Designing Instagrammable dessert shops goes beyond traditional interior design. It has to do with crafting a space that not only delights the taste buds but also tempts patrons to capture and share every […]

A second Camino Farms location, this time situated on the University of California San Diego campus, underwent the Mindful Design Consulting approach to branding through design. We preserved the essential elements from the first Camino Farms market design we completed in Mission Valley, including style, materials, and chromatic palette. However, we tailored the interior to […]

Camino Farms Market is a gourmet grocery retailer with organic food offerings and an attached restaurant for hungry shoppers. We designed two locations for this chain, the first of which opened this fall in Mission Valley, San Diego. Mixing a contemporary design with green accents and wooden structures for an appropriate mise-en-scène for its quality […]

Front view of a neutral-toned bubble tea shop

Since 2007, Ding Tea has had the declared mission of bringing the Taiwanese tea culture to other parts of the world – and has successfully done so. We helped the franchise come even closer to its goals by creating the interior of their Chula Vista location in California and adopting a design that translates the […]

Dessert shop in black,white and natural tones

It is always better to start the complicated journey of building your business with a clear understanding of what you should expect. Whether you want to open a new restaurant, store or dessert shop, or to simply update your old one, knowing the ins and outs of the commercial interior design process will help you […]

Restaurant brand identity achieved by sleek design elements

If you decide to ask any chef what type of restaurant they would like to open, make sure to clear your schedule for a couple of hours. Sit back, relax, and listen as they unravel a restaurant concept that leaves you dreaming. Their vision goes beyond mere menus – in fact, they might not even […]

Chef cooking in a restaurant kitchen

When you are starting your adventure in restaurant design and ownership, remember that your project involves much more than just creating a beautiful space. Restaurant design also requires meticulous attention to health and building codes, which may put a damper on your enthusiasm.  However, these regulations serve to protect the well-being and safety of both […]

El Pueblo Restaurant San Diego

Designing a restaurant is a complex task that demands your attention on multiple fronts. Layout, functionality, looks, vibes – all need to work together to appeal to your customers and make them want to come back for more. So what should you consider when you take upon yourself to create the restaurant of your dreams? […]

Customized design details for small dessert shop

Wondering how you can make the modest square footage of your small shop or restaurant work for you? Far from limiting what you can do, a small space can actually make you think creatively and end up working to your advantage. Yes, a small space can be a challenge, but it’s not a reason to […]

Moroccan floor tile with dramatic yellow tones

Two of the best flooring materials for small restaurants are tile and concrete. Both can give you an elevated look, yet remain a low-maintenance option at a fairly low cost, perfect for high-traffic areas. The beauty of tile floors is that they allow you to create a dramatic look, especially if you choose bold patterns […]

Coffee shop ignage design ideas - simple industrial metal sign

Whether used indoors or outdoors, your signage is your chance to attract attention and express who you are at a glance. The challenge in designing the signage for your restaurant, bar, dessert shop or cafe lies in its very simplicity: While it has to be eye-catching and self-explanatory, it must remain uncomplicated and memorable. It […]

Wall-mounted paper-roll menu in a small coffee shop

While you are carefully choosing your color scheme, furniture and lighting for your small dessert shop, cafe or restaurant, don’t tread lightly on your menu boards. As the one element that all people who enter your business will carefully measure and analyze, your menu display is not just a functional detail. So, think hard when […]

Elegant porcelain flooring for charming modern restaurant

When building or updating your business, choosing your flooring is one of the less glamorous, but most important parts of your design. It’s true that the look of your floors will have a great impact on the overall look of your restaurant or store. But this is not all: The quality of your floors will […]

Bright colors that raise the appetite in a fusion restaurant

Fusion restaurant design: Mindful Design Consulting All photos: Mindful Design Consulting Curry Fusion is a restaurant in Texas that brings together elements and dishes from different cultures into flavorful culinary creations. The flavor and warmth of these dishes inspired us to create a restaurant interior that is a visual expression of these two attributes. We […]

Shawarma restaurant interior design with orange accent wall

As one of the most popular restaurants in San Diego, California, Shawarma Guys had lots going for it. An interior that measured up to the quality of its food and the stellar customer reviews was the next thing on its list. We happily obliged and came up with a shawarma restaurant interior design that makes […]

Black-and-white wallpaper that appeals to Instagrammers

In the last decade, a new reality gradually became clear: Restaurant designers have to re-evaluate the way they create their interiors, and pay attention to their appeal to social media users. With a large number of customers choosing dining venues based on their online presence, and with the constant hunt for the next best Instagram […]

Donut wallpaper for social media wall in restaurant

One of the easiest ways to encourage your customers to take out their phones and share pictures of your restaurant is to provide them with a flashy mural against which they can immortalize themeselves. Creating a social media wall with easy-to-apply wallpaper is a perfect solution when considering your artistic options. Given the impressive selection […]

White coat racks shaped as trees

Every now and then, a designer comes up with a novel furniture idea that sparks the imagination of those who create and decorate commercial interiors. Some of these furniture pieces use surprising materials, others come in unexpected shapes, and many offer ingenious solutions to common problems. And then, there are some that are simply fun. […]

4-piece outdoor set with cushions on patio with beautiful views

Restaurant outdoor areas such as decks or patios are in high demand when the weather gets warmer. With the right outdoor furniture, they can become an extension of your restaurant’s seating area and provide a place for your customers to relax and socialize while enjoying the sun, the fresh air and the views. When shopping […]

Elegant gold-frame lighting in restaurant design

Since you have to consider lighting when designing or updating your restaurant, why not use the opportunity to make a statement and make your light fixtures work harder for you? Instead of simply picking your light pieces based on their shape, color or your personal preferences, think outside the box and bring in fixtures that […]

Green nature-inspired wallpaper in restaurant

If you want to make the most of your space when designing your restaurant interior, drop the paint and take a minute to think outside the box. While painting your walls is a cheap way to fill them with color, it’s sometimes also a lost opportunity. Surrounding your customers from all sides, walls are the […]

Gray ceiling clouds in elegant restaurant design

As a restaurant owner, you owe it to yourself to use every inch of your space to appeal to your customers. Many times, ceilings are underused or allowed to slip into visual anonimity. However, their design potential is extraordinary. Uninterrupted by furniture or functional structures, ceilings offer you a vast background against which you can […]

Using plants for green walls and dividers in restaurant design

If you are looking for one simple change that could give your restaurant or cafe a fresher look, but you don’t have the budget for major upgrades, consider plants. Whether in residential or commercial interiors, plants bring in something that no other type of decor does: They respond to the instinctive human search for shelter, […]

Blue and neutral boba tea cafe design

One of our most recent projects is a boba tea cafe design that we completed for Urban Bubble in San Diego, California. Urban Bubble is a new boba tea brand created in response to the popularity of the trendy Taiwanese beverage. The cafe owners added an existing hotdog franchise to the store to turn it […]

Close-up of light wood floors

You might think that restaurants do not need hardwood flooring. After all, they are sometimes short-lived businesses, and the floors could get dirty or scratched up quite easily. However, if you have ever visited an upscale restaurant in your area, chances are you noticed its beautiful hardwood floors. This is because wood is an excellent […]

Unique counter with fun dripping counter pattern

Teaching kids to appreciate good food is best done in a beautiful environment where all senses are engaged. At least this is what Yummy, a kids restaurant in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, seems to convey. Brought to life by the Ukraine-based VYMIR Design Studio, Yummy is a place for both children and adults to enjoy the good […]

Pink shelf and blue upholstery in restaurant dining area

Dressed up in bubblegum pink and royal blue, Dijon restaurant in Almaty, Kazakhstan makes color and visual contrast its winning allies. Designed by Almaty-based architectural group and consultancy Lenz / Architects, this French dining venue brings together elements that are soft and rough, raw and sophisticated, industrial and modern. This unlikely combination makes each detail […]