Elegant restaurant design generated with the help of AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has revolutionized numerous industries, promising to simplify work processes and enhance creativity. In the realm of commercial interior design, AI has emerged as a tool for generating ideas and visuals, providing designers with a fresh perspective. But how far into the design process can AI take the creators on new interior spaces?

After a  spectacular first encounter with what AI can do in terms of interior design, one’s enthusiasm, however, tends to wear off. One discovers soon that, while AI can offer inspiration and spark creativity, it is very limited when it comes to the practical aspects of interior design. From furniture selection to design coherence, AI falls short in delivering a truly functional and cohesive interior design experience.

Example of using AI in commercial interior design

The Promise of AI in Commercial Interior Design

There is no doubt that AI-powered tools have opened up new avenues for commercial interior design. By analyzing vast amounts of data and using advanced algorithms, AI can generate visual concepts and ideas based on various parameters, such as space dimensions, budget, and design preferences. AI platforms can offer designers many interesting options, helping them explore different styles, color palettes, and layouts. This initial burst of inspiration can be valuable, especially for designers seeking new sources of creativity.

AI-generated restaurant design with yellow and purple accents

The Limitations of AI in Practical Execution

Despite offering designer an excellent starting point completed with appealing visuals, AI is far from being able to entirely replace the interior designers’ experience and insight. Here are only a few reasons why. 

Furniture Selection Challenges

While AI can provide an extensive range of furniture options, it often falls short when it comes to practicality. AI-generated designs may present furniture with an excessive number of legs or unconventional shapes that may not be commercially available or feasible for a functional space. The lack of accurate representation of real-world furniture limits the practicality of AI-generated designs.

Restaurant with beautiful view to the water

Design Incoherence

One of the significant challenges with AI-generated designs is their lack of coherence within an overall theme or design concept. Despite its visually striking images, AI often fails to grasp the underlying principles that tie a space together. Elements like color schemes, texture coordination, and spatial flow require human intuition and expertise to achieve a harmonious and functional design. AI-generated designs may appear strange or alien, unrelated to the intended atmosphere or brand identity.

AI also lacks the ability to understand material properties, accoustics, sensory experiences, or the way that humans physically interact with materials, which limits its ability to make informed design choices.

Beautiful restaurant terrace design

Absence of Human Touch

Interior design is a deeply personal and human-driven process that considers not only aesthetics but also user needs, comfort and functionality. AI lacks the human touch necessary to understand the nuanced requirements of a commercial space. It can also struggle with elements such as personal tastes, cultural nuances, and emotional responses to interior spaces. Designers have the ability to empathize with clients, understand their preferences, and translate them into tangible design solutions. AI-generated designs lack this empathetic understanding and often fail to meet the unique needs of businesses and their customers. 

In addition, AI is somehow predictable, being based on what has already been created, and not taking the extra creative or innovative step that an ingenious designer might consider.

AI-generated modern restaurant design with yellow furniture

Practical Constraints

Commercial interior design involves dealing with various practical constraints, such as building codes, safety regulations, and space limitations. Other important factors in creating an interior space are its purpose, target audience, the brand identity it must reflect, and specific industry requirements.

While AI can generate visually stunning designs, it often overlooks these crucial elements. Neglecting them can lead to non-compliant designs, spaces that are used inefficiently due to AI’s lack of spacial awareness, and increased project costs. Human designers, with their experience and expertise, can consider these constraints from the outset and come up with a design that meets both aesthetic and functional requirements.

Bright yellow furniture in elegant restaurant design created with the help of AI


While AI has the potential to be a valuable tool in commercial interior design, it is greatly limited. AI can inspire designers with novel ideas and present visually appealing concepts, but it falls short in translating those ideas into practical, functional, and coherent designs.

What is the solution? The synergy between AI-powered tools and human creativity and expertise is where the true potential of commercial interior design lies, resulting in spaces that are not only visually pleasing but also functional and aligned with clients’ needs and objectives. It’s when AI is used as a tool and not as a replacement for human insight that it becomes truly amazing.

Interior space with blue and orange accents

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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