AI-generated modern restaurant design exemplifying one of the trends in future commercial interior designs

One of the most enjoyable aspects of interior design is the way it continuously pushes the boundaries of innovation and creativity. This is an ever-evolving field that the most ingenious spirits can use as a wonderful playground for their ideas. As we look ahead, the future of commercial spaces is set to undergo remarkable transformations driven by technological advancements and changing consumer expectations.  Here are some exciting trends that are shaping the future of commercial interior design, and a glimpse into the possibilities that lie ahead.

3D Printed Furniture

The advent of 3D printing technology has revolutionized the way we think about furniture design and production. In the future, 3D printed furniture will become increasingly prevalent, allowing for intricate designs created with unprecedented precision and efficiency. This game-changing technology enables designers to create unique shapes, structures and textures that were once difficult to achieve through traditional manufacturing methods.

Photo: Left: Pots Plus/ Print Your City by The New Raw, right: Reform Design Lab


3D printed furniture also offers tremendous flexibility in terms of customization. Each piece can be tailored to meet specific requirements and preferences, whether it’s adjusting dimensions, incorporating branding elements or adapting to ergonomic needs. This level of personalization allows businesses to create a cohesive and distinctive interior design that aligns perfectly with their brand identity and aesthetic preferences. As 3D printing technology continues to advance and become more accessible, we can expect to see a rapid growth in its adoption within the commercial interior design industry, redefining possibilities and transforming the way spaces are designed and furnished.

3D-printed furniture as an example of what the future of commercial interior design will be

Photo: Rise chair by Zaha Hadid Architects, via

Touchless and Motion-Activated Devices

In a post-pandemic world, hygiene and safety have become paramount. Touchless and motion-activated devices are rapidly gaining popularity in commercial interior design. These devices, such as automatic doors, touchless faucets and motion-activated lighting systems, offer a hands-free experience and help in maintaining cleanliness and minimizing the spread of germs. 

Furthermore, touchless and motion-activated devices offer improved convenience and accessibility. In commercial settings such as offices, hotels and retail spaces, these technologies enhance the overall user experience. Automatic lighting systems that activate based on motion detection, for instance, provide energy efficiency and convenience by automatically adjusting lighting levels as people move throughout the space. Similarly, touchless controls for temperature or audiovisual equipment offer users a seamless and intuitive way to interact with their environment. 

In addition, by eliminating the need for manual interaction, these devices help in reducing the time spent on maintenance and cleaning. As the demand for hygienic and user-friendly spaces continues to rise, we can expect touchless and motion-activated devices to become increasingly integrated into the future of commercial interior design.

Example of a germ-free touchless light switch as an emerging trend in the post-pandemic comercial interior design

adorne® 15A Wave® Switch with Microban® antimicrobial technology  from Legrand

Solar Powered Objects

Sustainability is a key concern in the future of commercial interior design. Solar power is emerging as a prominent solution to reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint. Commercial spaces will increasingly incorporate solar-powered objects such as lighting fixtures, charging stations, solar window blinds and even integrated solar panels within building structures. These devices minimize the environmental impact, lower the reliance on electricity from the grid and reduce costs.

Moreover, solar-powered objects contribute to the overall aesthetics and ambiance of commercial interiors. Integrating solar panels into furniture, decorative elements or building materials adds a contemporary touch to the space. However, these objects can be seamlessly incorporated into other design styles and, when used in commercial spaces, they make a statement of principle that is appealing to customers.

Indoor solar light fixture

Mlambert Indoor Solar Lights

Projections Instead of Physically Built or Decorated Spaces

The concept of projections as a substitute for physically built spaces is an exciting trend on the horizon. With advancements in projection mapping technology, commercial interior designers will have the ability to transform any surface into a dynamic and immersive experience. By projecting virtual elements onto surfaces, such as walls, floors and ceilings, commercial interiors can become a higly engaging and interactive experience for customer.

Projections can create virtual environments, alter the perception of space and bring interactive elements to life. From virtual product demonstrations to immersive storytelling or gamification, they create a multi-sensory experience that captivates customers, helps in brand building and leaves a lasting impression.

This trend opens up new possibilities for creating flexible and adaptable spaces that can be transformed at will. This versatility is extremely appealing to business owners: With a single projection system, businesses can easily adapt their spaces to different themes, events or promotions. Whether it’s a retail store, a restaurant or an exhibition hall, projections allow for quick transformations, saving time and resources that would otherwise be required for physical renovations. This flexibility also enables businesses to keep up with evolving trends and adapt to changing customer preferences without the need for major structural changes.

Patterned light reflections on the exterior wall of a tall building

AI-Designed Spaces

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is poised to revolutionize commercial interior design by offering intelligent and data-informed solutions. AI algorithms can analyze vast amounts of data, including design trends, to generate optimal design concepts. AI can consider elements such as dimensions, budget and design preferences, then come up with an attractive design.

While AI limitations make it unlikely to replace professional interior designers, the technology can assist them in making informed decisions about layout, furniture placement, lighting and color schemes, and in exploring other design possibilities. 

AI-generated restaurant interior as part of the future of commercial interior design

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.

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