Hotels are often at the cutting-edge of restaurant design. Competition is tough, especially in urban areas, and smart restaurant design can offer a commercial edge over the rest of the players in the local hotel scene. Whether you’re planning a fresh start, looking to update key areas or just needing to refresh a few items, keeping up-to-date with hotel and restaurant design ideas can help your investment pay dividends.

1. Industrial Design

Industrial design is a trend that doesn’t seem to be waning, if the latest hotel restaurant redesigns are anything to judge by. In fact, there’s a general love all around for using materials in a naturalistic, unaffected way. For anyone considering a redesign, the industrial furniture trend is not only showing style longevity but also offers robust and well-made furniture that is built to last. From artists’ stools as bar stools to barrels as tables, everyone wants a little rustic authenticity.

Restaurant Design with Industrial Look
Restaurant Design with Industrial Look

2. Concrete

Concrete has become the material of choice for urban restaurant design, with exposed concrete walls, floors, bars and even furniture enjoying a moment in the sun. The key to getting this design to work for you is to consider texture. Try contrasting the cool, hard lines of concrete with plush cushions and luxury textiles, or make use of colour and texture within the concrete itself. This style can be affordable, but it’s not for the faint-hearted. If you decide it doesn’t work for you, modifying or reversing the redecorating can be a difficult job.

3. Alive and Natural

Bringing the outdoors inside has been a really key trend, particularly in venues that want to emphasise the quality and freshness of the ingredients used in their kitchens. From indoor courtyard styles with plenty of natural lighting and planters to micro greens growing on vertical walls, the way you incorporate this style can vary hugely, but the emphasis has to be on greenery and light. For example, pleached trees in planters are a great way to create a barrier between areas without creating a solid structure.

4. Fun Touches

Playful elements have been creeping their way into restaurant design in recent years. Swing seats suspended from robust ceiling beams make for a fun fixture in a relaxed dining environment. Bold colours and quirky design details add a fun edge to restaurant design, as well as witty takes on classic items. One of our favourites is a fun day bed for an outdoor seating area, creating an intimate and social focal point for a relaxed bar.

5. Attention to Words

Typography has been a key element of design in recent years; from blackboards in coffee bars to wipeable tiled walls for market-garden eateries, words are everywhere. The trend seems to be morphing into a new fashion for placing eye-catching slogans and incorporating familiar typographical shapes into restaurant design. This can be subtle or a great bit of stylish branding, depending on your style.