8 Basic Interior Design Tips for Restaurants and Cafes

  • Set the ideal ambiance or mood.
    People go to restaurants, bars and coffee shops not just for the food and drinks. They want to be in a place that offers them a unique experience, one they can enjoy fully with their family and friends. That is why your establishment should have a distinctive interior design that will have instantaneous effect on your guests. They should immediately feel that your resto is a place like no other – but for all the good reasons!
  • Know your art and architecture.
    Art deco, baroque or neo-modern – knowing a thing or two about historic or contemporary art and architecture movements is definitely a bonus. Such knowledge can give you a wealth of creative inspirations for your restaurant’s interior design. Combine several influences to produce a truly unique interior design, or adopt their principles and take them to the next level. Your restaurant is bound to attract not just people looking for an Instagram-worthy place, but also genuine art aficionados.


  • Choose your furniture and fixtures smartly.
    Your choice of furniture, fixtures and accessories should complement your chosen theme or design – from the table and chairs, to the lights and other accents. It should be an overall, cohesive design; one element should enhance or complement the other.However, there are daring designers who would intentionally break this principle to create a stark contrast between elements. If you can pull of this design and make it work, then it’s a risk worth taking.
  • Pick the appropriate tableware and cutlery.
    If yours is an upscale restaurant in the downtown area, investing in first-class quality silverware is a must. On the other hand, if you’re building a quirky coffee shop around the corner of your neighbourhood, you need not splurge that much, but it’s still equally important to choose high-quality cutlery that enhances your customers’ experience and reflects your brand’s commitment to giving them only the best.
  • Details make a big impact.
    As they say, the devil is in the details. Think of your restaurant as a big canvas, and the small details help complete the picture. Include details that would enhance the overall feel and look of your space. These may be common items such as condiments and tissue holders, or an artistic sculpture or eye-catching painting to adorn your restaurant. Most people actually appreciate the meticulous attention given to details because they feel that the owner truly cares for the restaurant, and therefore the quality of food and service as well.
  • Take cues from your location.
    If your café is situated by the beach, you can opt to have tall windows to let the ocean breeze and natural light in. People would love to dine outdoors and enjoy the scenery, so it’s best for your restaurant to have an alfresco dining space. In contrast, if your restaurant is located in the heart of the city, it’ll be best to have cosy and posh interiors that will make customers feel like they’ve stepped into another world, far from the hustle and bustle of the city.
  • Balance seating capacity with comfort.
    Some restaurants place a higher priority on cramming as many seats as possible to accommodate more customers, even at the expense of comfort and privacy. However, compromising on these areas may not work well for your business in the future. Studies show that people are more likely to go back to restaurants where they’ve had a pleasant and comfortable experience, even if it means paying more.
  • Pay attention to the washroom & restroom.
    One of the things some restaurants neglect – but customers pay real attention to – is the restroom and/or washroom. Experts have found that people would likely visit an establishment again – and more frequently – if it has a clean and well-appointed restroom. So make sure your restaurant fit-out designer knows that you’d like to design the restroom and washroom in a way that combines style with comfort and function.

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