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The Dos and Don’ts of Restaurant Interior Design

Opening a new restaurant is a big deal. Not only do you want to provide the best food experience for your guests, but you also need to create a space that is inviting, comfortable, and reflects your brand. Restaurant interior design plays a vital role in setting the tone and atmosphere of your establishment.


Interior designing encompasses a wide range of elements, from color schemes and furniture layouts to lighting and art. To ensure that your restaurant is designed with the perfect balance of style and function, here are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to restaurant interior design:

Do's for Restaurant Interior Design

1) Choose a Theme

A restaurant or bar should have its unique style to distinguish it from the competition. Choosing a theme can help your restaurant or bar stand out and give customers an enjoyable experience. Consider colors, textures, furniture, and artwork that will bring the chosen theme together and appeal to your target customer base. For example, Two Cities Pizza Company’s menu combines NYC and Chicago pizza which translates into the theme of their restaurant. In a market of oversaturated pizza joints, Two Cities distinguishes themselves with their unique environment. Check out Dimensional Design’s role in the project to see specific design details click here
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2) Choose the Right Lighting

Lighting is essential in setting the tone of a restaurant or bar’s interior design. Not only does it help customers see what they are ordering, but it also creates ambiance, which can help draw in more customers. When choosing lights, opt for adjustable LED lighting that can be brightened or dimmed to suit the time of day or occasion. Avoid harsh fluorescent lights as they tend to give off a cold and uninviting atmosphere. Additionally, be sure that there are no dark spots or areas where customers cannot see their food – this can be off-putting.

3) Incorporate the Right Materials

When selecting materials, think of comfort and convenience. High-quality materials in neutral tones will give your restaurant an upscale modern look while creating a comfortable atmosphere for customers. Stick to natural materials like wood, stone, glass, and metal, which are aesthetically pleasing and can withstand wear and tear. Avoid materials that are too bright or loud, as this can overwhelm customers, distracting them from their dining experience.

4) Include Directional Signage

It’s important to include directional signage to guide customers throughout your space. From a hostess stand, ordering station, to restrooms, your signage can act as additional design elements while maintaining a proper flow of movement.

Don'ts for Restaurant Interior Designing

Regarding restaurant interior design, there are some don’ts you should avoid. Here are a few of the most important things to keep in mind:

1) Avoid Overcrowding

It’s best to leave enough space between the tables, chairs, and other furnishings within your restaurant. Your guests and employees should comfortably navigate around the space. If you overcrowd the area, it will be difficult for guests to move around quickly and enjoy their experience. Reference the standard ADA guidelines for ensure proper spacing. 

2) Stay Away from Excess Decorations

While a certain amount of decorations can help create an inviting atmosphere, too much can be overwhelming and limit your allotted space for seating. Your design elements should enhance the restaurant’s theme without cluttering the space.

3) Don't Overlook the Bathrooms

Bathrooms are a significant part of the overall customer experience, so ensure they’re just as inviting and well-maintained as the rest of your restaurant. Pay attention to the details, like keeping them clean and stocked with amenities, creating visually appealing designs, and providing great lighting.

For the best restaurant interior designs, call Dimensional Design. We offer professional interior design services to ensure your restaurant looks and feels great regardless of size and style.

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