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 examples of design tendencies that are becoming more prevalent in restaurant interiors, along with some that are starting to fade into obscurity.

Green walls are part of the latest restaurant interior trends.

Curry Fusion restaurant by Mindful Design Consulting

Hot Trends

Biophilic Design👍

Nature-inspired elements are all the rage in restaurant interiors. Think living green walls, potted plants and natural materials like wood and stone. Biophilic design not only creates a calming atmosphere but also enhances diners’ connection to the environment, making them feel more relaxed and at ease.

Small gelateria store with lush green accents.

10-22 Cafe and Gelateria by Mindful Design Consulting

Instagram-Worthy Spaces 👍

In the age of social media, restaurants are increasingly designing their interiors with Instagram in mind. Eye-catching murals, statement lighting fixtures, and quirky decor elements are being used to create photogenic spaces that customers can’t wait to snap and share on their feeds.

Selfie wall in a boba bar restaurant as an example of the latest restaurant interior trends.

Leafly Boba Tea by Mindful Design Consulting

Open Kitchens 👍

Transparency is key in modern restaurant design, and open kitchens are a trend that’s here to stay. Diners love being able to see chefs at work, adding an element of excitement and authenticity to the dining experience. Glass partitions or counter seating overlooking the kitchen allow guests to feel like they’re part of the action.

Chef in an open kitchen illustrating one of the latest restaurant interior trends.

Flexible Seating Arrangements 👍

Gone are the days of rigid table setups. Restaurants are embracing flexible seating arrangements that cater to different group sizes and dining preferences. From communal tables to cozy banquettes and modular furniture, versatility is the name of the game.

Flexible seating in colorful bubble tea store.

Urban Bubble boba tea cafe design by Mindful Design Consulting

Local Artisanal Touches 👍

Customers are craving authenticity and a sense of place when dining out. Incorporating locally sourced artwork, handmade ceramics and bespoke furnishings adds a unique and personal touch to restaurant interiors, showcasing the local culture and supporting artisans in the community.

Wall accents in a subtly rustic ice-cream store.

JoJo’s Creamery ice-cream store by Mindful Design Consulting

Not-So-Hot Trends – and What to Do Instead

Overly Themed Decor 👎 Replace with Subtle Design 👍

While themed restaurants can be fun, over-the-top themes are falling out of favor. Instead, diners are gravitating towards more subtle and sophisticated design schemes that allow the food and ambiance to take center stage.

Elegant restaurant design with warm lighting and clean lines.

Elegant and subtle restaurant interior. 

Generic Chain Aesthetics 👎Replace with Unique Identity 👍

Cookie-cutter designs that lack personality are becoming passé. Customers are seeking out restaurants with distinct identities and unique design elements that set them apart from generic chain establishments.

Barrel-shaped tables in a charming bar.

Unique identity in restaurant design.

Dark and Dim Lighting 👎Replace with Well-Lit Spaces 👍

While mood lighting has its place, overly dark and dimly lit restaurants are losing their appeal. Diners want to see what they’re eating and who they’re dining with, so well-lit spaces that strike the right balance between ambiance and visibility are in demand.

Well-lit restaurant with white walls and furniture.

Restaurant interior trends – Well-lit spaces.

Cluttered Spaces 👎Replace with Clean Lines 👍

Minimalism is making a comeback in restaurant design. Busy and cluttered interiors can feel overwhelming and chaotic to diners. Streamlined design schemes with clean lines and uncluttered surfaces create a sense of calm and sophistication.

Coffe shop with minimalist design.

Restaurant interior trends – Minimalist designs.

Generic Branding 👎Replace with Strong Branding 👍

In an oversaturated market, strong branding is more important than ever. Restaurants with generic or uninspired branding risk blending into the background. Memorable logos, cohesive color palettes, and consistent branding across all touchpoints help restaurants stand out in a crowded marketplace.

Colorful frozen yogurt store design in lime, pink and blue, with oversized logo on the wall.

Strong branding in restaurant design. Sprinkles on Top frozen yogurt shop by Mindful Design Consulting

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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