3 Restaurant Design Trends

Restaurant design no longer consists of uniform rows of crisp white tablecloths. A great deal of thought goes into creating a definitive ambience for diners to enjoy.


Many restaurants are offering wholesome vegetarian and vegan cuisine. Their customers love dining in a setting that reflects their ecological views. Designs that incorporate rustic charm with natural sustainable materials will help to create the perfect atmosphere. Flooring of locally sourced natural stone or slate, walls of ancient but restored brickwork and the oldest wooden beams you can find highlight sustainability and a wise use of recycled materials. Pine or ash tables and Windsor style chairs use timber from managed woodlands. Comfortable cushions made of robust cotton drill in the soft colours of vegetable dyes tone well with simple curtains or blinds. Windows that are as large as possible allow natural daylight to flood in dispensing with the need to use wasteful artificial lighting during the day. Evenings are illuminated with energy efficient LED lamps in complementary styles. The picture is completed by large tubs of indoor ferns and palms to emphasise the idea of harmonising with nature.

Sophisticated Elegance

Superior haute cuisine deserves a luxurious setting but needs a restrained image of uncluttered sophistication to prevent the restaurant looking artificially tasteless. Opting for a striking minimalist design using high-quality materials will create a design of contemporary elegance. Tables and chairs are of trend-setting tubular aluminium in muted shades with a soft metallic sheen. Cosy recesses are fitted with bespoke bench style seating with comfortable leather upholstery. Walls are of a delicate pastel hue punctuated with frameless mirrors to increase the feeling of light and space. To prevent the atmosphere becoming clinically austere, the flooring of handmade tiles can be intricately patterned in a range of contrasting colours for added interest. The brilliance of exquisitely made chandeliers suspended from the ceiling sparkle with a distinctive touch of expensive good taste. Alcoves can be adorned with stunningly simple modern art paintings or sculptures.

Chic Nostalgia

Tasty but informal dining works well with a fun-filled theme based on a particular era which can quickly become a popular venue. However, adding a few contemporary features will prevent the restaurant appearing like a museum recreation. Victoriana will typically have elaborate swags and tails of plush velvets in deep, rich colours. Furniture will be of polished mahogany while decorative frames with antique prints fill the walls. To keep the look relevant to today there is a floor of distressed wood and a discreet rail of neon lighting around the ceiling. For a casual bistro menu, dip into the atmospheric Fifties. Include chessboard style flooring and sharply contrasting walls in primary colours. Chairs and stools in aluminium, the contemporary metal of today, are topped with bright leather upholstery that is chic but practical. Opt for retro accessories including chunky crockery, large clocks and brightly coloured lamps. Whichever delicious fare is on your menu Dawnvale will translate it into a bespoke design everyone will remember.