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With the ever-evolving restaurant design landscape, staying ahead of the curve is essential to creating memorable dining experiences that keep customers coming back for more. Design trends in commercial interiors are constantly changing, with the goal of creating spaces that appeal to today’s clientele while being visually stunning and functional.

Photo above: IRT cafe table by Kodisoft

We’ve talked before about trends that are more noticeable, such as biophilic designs, open kitchens and Instagram-friendly spaces, which cater to the very different needs of modern customers. However, there are also subtler or upcoming design tendencies that are being implemented by today’s designers and business owners to satisfy evolving tastes.

Large wall graphic of African inspiration in dessert shop

Blondie’s Doughnuts shop by Mindful Design Consulting

1. Cultural Fusion – Global Influences in Design

Restaurants are embracing cultural fusion in their design, incorporating influences from around the world to create unique and eclectic spaces. From Moroccan-inspired decor to Japanese-inspired seating areas, these cultural elements add depth and richness to restaurant interiors, creating a sense of exploration and discovery for diners.

Structural elements like arches and columns, accent pieces such as traditional pottery and textiles, mosaic tile flooring and intricate arabesque patterns, or color schemes inspired by diverse landcapes and cultures are only a few examples of elements that contribute to the overall ambiance of cosmopolitanism. By integrating global influences, restaurants are creating truly immersive dining experiences that transport diners to far-off lands without ever leaving their table.

Wallpaper of global influences in restaurant interior

Moroccan Border Wallpaper by Wallpaper Aynam on Etsy

2. Vintage Revival – Nostalgia with a Modern Twist

Vintage and retro-inspired design elements are making a comeback in restaurant interiors, adding a touch of nostalgia with a modern twist. From retro furniture to vintage signage, restaurants are incorporating elements from the past to create unique and inviting spaces.

Vintage-inspired color schemes and decor add a sense of charm and character to restaurants. They evoke feelings of longing and sentimentality, allowing customers to escape into a world they never knew but always wanted to, or back to their childhood and simpler times. This nostalgic atmosphere can make diners feel connected to the past and to a sense of history. Additionally, vintage design has a timeless quality that can provide a sense of grounding and reassurance, offering stability and continuity in an ever-changing world.

Design trends in commercial interiors - vintage dessert shops

Besties Cool Treats Frozen Yogurt and Ice-Cream Shop by Mindful Design Consulting

3. Outdoor Spaces – Bringing the Outdoor In

Restaurants are blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces, with many incorporating outdoor elements into their interiors. From indoor gardens and atriums to retractable roofs and open-air dining areas, these outdoor spaces create a sense of connection to nature and the outdoors. By bringing the outside in, restaurants are able to create a refreshing and rejuvenating atmosphere that enhances the dining experience.

Trees as accent pieces in restaurant design

Vine Ripe Grill Restaurant by Mindful Design Consulting

4. Artistic Expression – Creative Installations

Restaurants are incorporating artistic expression into their interiors, with creative installations and art pieces that add a sense of whimsy and playfulness to the space. From large-scale murals and sculptures to interactive art installations, these artistic elements intrigue and captivate diners, offering a unique and memorable experience that sets the restaurants apart from the competition.

In addition to traditional art forms, restaurants are also exploring unconventional mediums to enhance their interiors. Some are incorporating digital art installations, such as projection mapping or interactive screens, to create immersive and dynamic dining experiences. Others are collaborating with local artists to create custom pieces that reflect the restaurant’s unique style and personality. These artistic additions not only serve as focal points within the space but also spark conversation and engagement among diners, further enhancing their overall dining experience.

Design trends in commercial interiors - artistic ceiling construction in bubble tea shop

Ding Tea bubble tea store by Mindful Design Consulting

5. Sensory Branding – Engaging All the Senses

Sensory branding is increasingly common in restaurant design, with businesses creating multi-sensory experiences for diners. By using ambient music and lighting, tactile materials and aromatic scents, restaurants are engaging all the senses to create a memorable and immersive dining experience. This approach aims to deepen the emotional connection with guests by stimulating multiple senses.

One example of this is layered lighting, which involves using a combination of ambient, task and accent lighting to create different moods and highlight specific areas within the restaurant. Tactile furniture, such as plush seating or natural wood tables, not only adds comfort but also provides a tactile experience for diners. Similarly, textured surfaces like exposed brick walls or rough-hewn wood add depth and interest to the space, inviting guests to touch and explore. Incorporating indoor plants enhances the sensory experience, bringing in a touch of nature and creating a calming effect on diners.

Layered intimate lighting in lush restaurant interior

Design trends for commercial interiors – Sensory branding

6. Smart Technology Integration – Enhancing Efficiency

There is a growing trend in commercial interiors to integrate smart technology to enhance efficiency and convenience. From automated lighting and temperature control systems to smart locks and digital signage, smart technology is revolutionizing the way commercial spaces are designed and operated. 

For instance, interactive furniture such as smart cafe and dining tables allow diners to view menus, place orders, play games, or browse social media, among other capabilities. Another example is serving robots, which streamline the work of restaurant staff and offer customers a novel dining experience.

Smart dining table for trendy contemporary restaurants

IRT dining table by Kodisoft

7. Digital Detox Zones – Unplugging for a Minute

While some restaurants are expanding their digital presence, others are taking a different approach. In response to the growing digital landscape, they are creating digital detox zones where guests are encouraged to unplug and connect with each other in a screen-free environment. These zones offer a respite from technology, allowing diners to enjoy their meal and each other’s company without distractions.

These specially designed spaces are typically located in areas with limited or no cell phone reception and are designed to be visually appealing and inviting, with comfortable seating and a relaxing ambiance. Restaurants may use signage or other visual cues to indicate these areas and encourage guests to participate in the digital detox experience. Some restaurants may also offer incentives, such as discounts or special offers, to guests who choose to participate in the digital detox. By promoting mindfulness and human connection, these spaces offer a unique and refreshing dining experience.

People socializing in restaurant digital detox zone

Design trends for commercial interiors – Digital detox zones

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

See our Small Store Design Extravaganza: Commercial Interior Design and Branding 01 book about branding small businesses from logo design to construction, with colorful images, offering insightful explanations every step of the way.

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