From hyper-local cuisine to extraordinary themes and destinations, a new wave of taverns, bistros, and eatery’s are taking global gastronomy to exhilarating heights.
As contemporary chefs continue to push the boundaries of flavor, restaurant designers strive to dazzle the crowd with impressive design and architecture.
The result? Culinary art has never felt more exciting, nor dining options more fascinating.
Drawing Inspiration from Restaurant Design
Since the birth of the modern eatery, competitive markets have driven restaurants to the forefront of interior design. Establishments incorporate global trends and have taken the time to express their personal identities through decor that truly stand out.
These design-minded restaurants have a lot to offer in terms of inspiration for our own dining spaces.
If your dining area needs a face-lift, consider a transformation with these thoughtful restaurant design inspirations that will set your home apart without breaking the bank.
1. Set the Mood
It is no secret that the act of eating together is a time of celebration and intimacy.
Recreate the romance of a restaurant in your very own home with an intimate dining room that is as cozy as it is comfortable.
Moody tones, plush seating and dim lighting will invite your guests to relax and linger as you share in the art of dining together.
2. Embrace Community
Opt for a large communal table or restaurant inspired breakfast bar for a trendy take on informal dining.
The idea works especially well in an open-concept kitchen and dining room.
Here the breakfast bar works as a divide to separate and fulfill the needs of the two spaces.
If you’re working with a tight area, try setting the dining table on casters for a movable breakfast bar with more flexibility.
3. Focus on Sustainability
The explosion of the environmental sustainability movement doesn’t just have more chefs choosing local ingredients, it has inspired the use of beautiful, natural, and renewable resources throughout contemporary design.
Restaurant table tops crafted from reclaimed wood and metal are not only sustainable and affordable, but bring a natural look that is aesthetically pleasing and warm.
4. Open Up
Do you have a beautiful kitchen or impressive wine collection? Make the kitchen itself a part of your decor, or find an innovative way to show off your whiskey tunnel or wine cellar.
Incorporating your own unique interests will help your personal identify shine through to make your dining area truly one-of-kind, like your favorite restaurant you can’t help but visit over and over again.
5. Spotlight Original Architecture
Take a long look at your home. What are the things that you enjoy or that set it apart?
Features such as beautiful moldings, high ceilings, wooden beams, or rustic brick walls are a staple in restaurant design and can be incorporated into your dining room to your advantage.
Play with original architecture and textures that make your dining area unique to your home.
6. Bring in the Bistro
If you’re working with a small space, build up instead.
A staple in classic bistro ambience, lofty tables and stools add visual appeal to even the smallest of cafes.
Pair low hanging lighting with table tops in different shapes and heights, for a classic bar or bistro look.
7. Go Green
If you have a love for all things nature,
decorate your space with lots of fresh flowers and plants.
Not only is greenery relaxing and beautiful, it makes a visual connection between the freshness of your ingredients and the dining experience.
Feature attractive, but inexpensive and low maintenance plants and herbs to bring the outdoors in!
Your guests will be wowed when they find out some of your secret ingredients come from your very own dining room.
8. Showcase Local Art
Restaurants love featuring local artists, and you can do the same right in your home.
Make your dining room a part-time gallery by rotating art found within your community.
Your guests will love to come by to see what you’re featuring lately. Using a lesser-known artist will keep this project cheap or even free!
9. Be Yourself
Your dining room is an extension of you, so let your personality shine.
Show off your collection of cookbooks, family photos, or vintage kitchen tools!
Expressing passion in the overall design and intimate details is what restaurant design is all about.
You will spend a lot of time in this place, if you feel engaged and comfortable, your family and guests will too.