WOW Design Trends To Impact Restaurants This 2017

December 28, 2017

Today’s restaurants need more than just good food and excellent service to lure patrons. Restaurants must deliver a memorable dining experience that patrons have learned to expect when going out to eat. Diners look for inviting and exciting restaurants that serve great dishes and provide excellent services.


Every aspect of design — walls, ceilings, floors, furniture, lighting, and even the music contributes to the dining experience and can enhance a lasting impression that the food and service make. Being stylish and staying fresh when design trends are fleeting is tough.


You have to think ahead and implement up-and-coming trends before they become ordinary. To help you provide the kind of ambiance that produces the delightful experiences patrons crave, here are the top restaurant interior design trends for 2017.



No list would be complete with one of the hottest restaurant design trends to emerge—and remain—in recent years. Creative design concepts not only set restaurants apart from the crowd but they give customers a distinct experience from the moment they step into the moment they leave with memories. Concepts allow patrons to become part of a story, and that leaves a lasting impression they will seek to enjoy over and over.


A beautiful painting, an intriguing sculpture, a dramatic mural, digital art, graffiti or a famous quote on a wall—these are eye-catching design elements that tell a story and cause memorable emotional responses that engage customers. Art can also be a topic of conversation even among strangers, not to mention the unique selfie opportunities it provides. Some restaurants opt for exhibiting artwork from local artists, which many patrons support as a community service.


Several years old and still going strong, this trend blurs the lines between the front and the back of the house. An exposed kitchen not only has nothing to hide (Kitchen Nightmares, anyone?) but also serves as a source of entertainment for patrons, who get to see how a restaurant kitchen operates and how their food is made. Thanks to numerous reality TV shows, customers are more curious than ever about food preparation, plating, and presentation. Foodies love to be a part of the action, and ringside seating by an open kitchen is a treat for them.


Next year expect to see more raw materials such as exposed bricks, pipes, wood, and concrete as more designers go for the rustic or industrial approach. The stripped-down look and feel of exposed material adds texture and depth as well as a dynamic dimension to restaurant design. Better yet, customers seem to love it!


Wi-Fi a must and USB charging stations are new trends. Designers are incorporating these stations into restaurants for the app-loving crowd. At the same time, other restaurants are designating device-free zones for those wishing to unplug themselves from technology while enjoying a meal.



Being energy efficient adds credit to restaurant owners for two reasons: it saves them money and patrons support any effort to go green. LED lighting and Energy Star-certified equipment alone can cut utility bills and reduce a restaurant’s carbon footprint. Many restaurants participate or are planning to participate in comprehensive recycling and compost programs. Others are installing solar panels and filtering systems.


The Scandinavian concept of understated and functional furniture will continue to expand next year. When it comes to furniture, today’s patrons seem to prefer simple, clean lines over heavy ornate tables or chairs. Mixing and matching chairs such as wooden seats, benches and stools are becoming more popular.


In 2017, restaurants are expected to continue to invest in ambient lighting such as pendant lamps, recessed mood lighting, and customized lights to create a sophisticated and alluring atmosphere that attracts customers and adds to their dining experience.

Like the fashion scene, hotel design trends change from year to year. So, that latest styles being embraced by designers so, there will be continuous demand for the hotel design professionals. Are you ready to pursue an interior design career? Get more information on programs here:


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