Style, Light, and Sound – Trends in Restaurant Design

The Dining Experience

Guests expect a particular experience in a restaurant, making every detail important no matter how big or small. There is a lot more to the experience than great food and service. The restaurant design should provide a warm, comfortable and inviting space to keep guests coming back again and again. Interior designers have to balance the architectural structure and functionality of restaurant design features, with the warmth and tranquility of residential design to flawlessly execute this trend.

Asian Restaurant / Koi Pond + LuxCore (Fusion)

Asian Restaurant / Koi Pond + LuxCore (Fusion)

Mix and match.

Perfectly matching décor is history. Now, designers are using the “mix-and-match” method to give each room a unique style. Adding bright accent walls or deeply textured wall panels to neutral spaces can create a different form of depth and vibrancy to the space.


Create a Narrative with Your Lighting.

One of the major challenges in restaurant design is lighting. By adding ambient lighting, designers will create a more relaxing and intimate environment, while providing sufficient brightness for functionality. Create a narrative with lighting through tabletops, bars, backsplashes, countertops, ceiling or wall fixtures to enhance the dining experience.

Control the Noise Level.

Who wants to hear the loud clanking of pots and pans from the kitchen, or a private conversation from the family two tables down. Controlling sound is an important aspect in restaurant design because it has a major impact on the guests. The loud hustle and bustle of a busy restaurant is distracting, sometimes making guests feel irritable and uncomfortable. Decorative acoustic ceilings are the perfect solution for noise absorption, with the added benefit of unique and beautiful designs. Take it a step further and add section dividers to booths or walls for even more privacy. Restaurant guests want to feel at home. As the restaurant industry continues to grow, the designers have to focus more on providing guests with a comfortable experience.