It’s an exciting time for modern restaurant interior design. With advances in acoustics, lighting and storage, designers have more options than ever to incorporate design elements that are both beautiful and functional.
Your objective is to create a stunning visual impact to attract customers and staff, but that is also a pleasant enough environment to keep them. Implementing double-duty features also helps you keep to a client’s tight budget.
These 5 impactful modern restaurant interior design ideas will meet any restaurant’s needs while setting your design apart from the rest.
1. Use Sleek Acoustic Panels
Acoustics are very important in restaurant interior design. You want to make sure that noise from the kitchen is not traveling into the dining room, that servers and bartenders can hear customers clearly, and that customers can comfortably have conversations. No one wants to eat in a restaurant where they can’t hear their dining partners.
A design-friendly solution to achieve perfect acoustics is utilizing acoustic panels in your restaurant design. For instance, in the image above, these Decor Systems Slat panels demonstrate how you can carve out a specific acoustical area, like the bar, that needs special attention.
The panels help ensure that in a larger dining room, bartenders are hearing orders correctly and customers waiting in line can have conversations that don’t echo into the seating area. The sleek design of the slatted panels gives the bar a modern, not utilitarian, look.
2. Highlight With Accent Lighting
Great lighting can make or break a restaurant’s interior design. Lighting highlights the food, the decor and the people inside the restaurant. If you consider how you felt the last time you looked at a plate a food under flickering fluorescent lights, you begin to understand how important restaurant lighting is.
In fact, studies have shown that customers reacted to the same food differently when it was placed under different colored lights. Research shows red and orange lighting can stimulate appetite, light purple feels inspiring, and yellow light evokes joy. Incorporating color in lighting can be an extension of the overall mood of your interior design.
Consider highlighting sections of the restaurant with accent lighting, such as over tables. This adds a warm ambiance to the food, as well as the diners. Make sure you also consider how often people take photos for social media at restaurants. Good lighting for customers’ social media photos can be great marketing.
But lighting isn’t just about ambiance: Accent lighting can indicate important areas like the bar, host stand and restrooms without adding signage that detracts from the design.
The image above shows how smart use of colored lighting can help a restaurant’s seating easily transition from an indoor to an outdoor eating area.
3. Implement Smart Storage
Storage can greatly increase the productivity of a restaurant. There are so many moving elements that kitchen staff, servers, hosts and managers need to organize. Often, there isn’t a good place to store the things everyone needs that is both convenient and out of the customer’s way.
To solve this issue, make discreet storage a central component of your design. Items can be hidden away behind a decorative wall, stashed in modern pillars or stored in open shelving, such as in the example above.
Open shelving is a popular contemporary feature for many restaurants but only works for items that are attractive to display. If you want to incorporate open shelving, make sure to work closely with the restaurant owner to see what could benefit from being stored openly, both for ease of access for staff and as eye-catching details for customer enjoyment.
4. Install Slatted Walls
In a large dining room, it can be difficult to create a warm and comfortable ambiance. You can incorporate short walls that both divide the space into more intimate areas while still allowing light to pass through to make large, open spaces cozier.
Slatted walls, like the ones in the image above or DecorSlat, can create discrete spaces without getting in the way of your lighting scheme. They look sleek and modern, and don’t make the room feel cramped or too closed in. You can also use slatted walls to keep tables and chairs from falling off if you have two levels within the restaurant.
5. Add a Social Media-Friendly Accent Wall
Social media is everywhere, and people want to document when they’re out having fun. Smart restaurant owners and designers will take advantage of this free marketing. Including a social media wall into your design will create marketing opportunities as customers share images of the restaurant with their social networks.
A social media-friendly accent wall can include eye-catching typography, a neon sign, florals, greenery or just a bright painted pattern. Anything that is attention-grabbing will get customers snapping pictures. Restaurants are complex spaces with unique needs. It can be hard to fit efficiency and cost-effectiveness into high impact aesthetics. Partner with a company like Decor Systems to implement impactful design ideas that are sure to please restaurant owners and customers alike.