Considering that we live in a very visual age, there is a requirement for our restaurants to be as aesthetically pleasing as they are functional. With the social media savvy millennials and centennials taking over the demographics, it’s highly important to consider the Instagram potential of your venue. Developing a dining space that is photogenic and unique enough to be posted on social media will give you a big edge over your competitors.

Below we look at some of the trends that are set to influence restaurant interior design throughout 2019.

Multi-functional, compact furniture

Many designers find it a struggle to deal with conserving space, especially in smaller venues. When you locate your restaurant in a very populated place, you should opt for compressed, multi-purpose furniture that is small in scale, but not short on style.

It is often seen a push away from traditional dining furniture is required to achieve this, but this is not the case.  A long table with bench seating may be great to pack people in to a shared dining experience, however it can be uncomfortable and cramped.  You can achieve the same result with a lot of smaller square tables combined with stackable chairs. Pushing the tables together and stacking the extra chairs into storage will provide a similar result to the single large table, except it will also provide greater comfort in both seating and personal space. 

Warm Bold Colours are the new Black.

Adding a coat of paint to the interior (and exterior) can be a quick and inexpensive way to make your venue pop.  In 2019, there is a move away from the greys and the grungy feels of the industrial look, with a push more to bold, warm and inviting colours.  Wallpaper and upholstery is also making a comeback.  The goal of your dining space in 2019 should be to create an environment that feels homely and comfortable.  Pair bold coloured furniture, with neutral tones and soft textures for the best effect.

Artistic Pieces

Displaying unique and colorful artworks are a great way to allure your customers. Get in touch with talented artists and work with them in creating artistic pieces that will add more story and character to your restaurant. Utilizing your venue as a Free Art Gallery for aspiring Artists is a great way to get fresh pieces into your restaurant at no charge, with the possibility of providing a small revenue stream for you and the Artist.

Natural Textures

Simple, industrial design are considered as outdated now, as natural and earthy themes start to take over.

We’re going on a trip to memory lane as we welcome back the mid-century modern interior style. Pieces like white walls, dark wood and steel accents make guests feel more comfortable and at home.


Live plants, flowers and fresh herbs do not only make your venue more beautiful and relaxing. They also make a visual connection about the freshness of your ingredients and illustrate your business as being environmentally friendly. Adding decorative accessories and plant motifs from wallpaper to tablecloths can evoke the feeling of the great outdoors, amidst the hustle and the bustle of the city.

Add greenery to your restaurant to help customers get back in touch with nature, now that our life is centered in the digital world.