On the Line / Operations / 13 Restaurant Decor Ideas for 2022

13 Restaurant Decor Ideas for 2022

Get inspired for your restaurant design project with these 13 fresh ideas.

Restaurant Floor Plan Templates
icon RESOURCE

Restaurant Floor Plan Templates

Use these restaurant floor plan templates to get inspired as you map, or reimagine, the layout and space setup for your restaurant.

Download
You must have Javascript enabled in order to submit forms on our website. If you'd like to contact Toast please call us at:

(857) 301-6002
First and Last Name is required
Phone Number is required
Restaurant Name is required
What is your role? is required
What best describes your restaurant type? is required
Yes, I’d like a demo of Toast, a restaurant technology platform.
Yes, I'd like a demo of Toast is required
loadingspinner

We’ll handle your info according to our privacy statement.

Built for Restaurants
Restaurant Decor

DISCLAIMER: This content is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as legal, accounting, tax, HR, or other professional advice. You are responsible for your own compliance with laws and regulations. You should contact your attorney or other relevant advisor for advice specific to your circumstances.

Your restaurant brings people together over great meals. So design a unique space where customers feel invited to stay. Start by imagining decor as you write your restaurant’s business plan. Integrate a consistent aesthetic throughout, that creates a focused experience for your guests.

Make design choices that are smart for your business. Use the vibe of your restaurant, as well as the location, the building’s history, and the community as inspiration for creating a unique and memorable space.

The best decor is authentic to your brand and vision, so imagine your eatery’s full potential with these restaurant-focused ideas.

13 Restaurant Decor Ideas for 2022

1. Choose a brand and theme

Establish an overall vision for your restaurant. What makes it unique from the eatery down the block? Build on the experience you created with your restaurant’s floor plan.

2. Find unique wall decor

Choose wall decor that accents the character of your restaurant. Find art from local artists or commission someone to paint an original mural in the space. A carefully curated selection of modern pieces can help to elevate and define the brand. Spend some time at local thrift stores, pawnshops, and estate sales to find unique pieces with local flare. Melbourne Artist Rowena Martknch showcases these pieces that brighten the entire restaurant without pulling too much focus. 


Read this next
Restaurant Decor: What Works and What Doesn't
Operations

Restaurant Decor: What Works and What Doesn't

When opening a new restaurant, your restaurant decor must be on point. Here are some do's and don't's to follow as you furnish your future restaurant.

3. Use basic color psychology

Colors trigger emotional responses in people. Since different people have different emotional responses to colors based on their culture, brands use color communication to get customers in the right mood. Choose cool colors that will relax your customers and entice them to stay awhile.

4. Keep up the energy in the room

It’s tempting to divvy up large spaces, but the Chinese art of feng shui can help you make intuitive use of your restaurant space. Keep everything open, so everyone feels like a part of the same community when they’re in your restaurant. Use mirrors to enhance small spaces and use windows to welcome in as much natural light as possible.

5. Let your customers experience the kitchen

Opt for an open-plan kitchen that allows guests a window into the process. Let your customers witness the care and creativity your staff puts into their service. Vestal in Lafayette, Louisiana has perfected the open kitchen – the wood-burning hearth that’s the restaurant’s namesake is also a feature of the design.


6. Pay attention to lightning 

Lighting can make or break a restaurant. Place lighting strategically so that your guests can see each other and navigate the space with ease. Light fixtures have a lot of character – choose fixtures that play into the overall design aesthetic. A funky assortment of overhead fixtures lights the space with style, like at Good Eats Emporium in Sterling, VA.


7. Select tables, chairs, and stools

Furniture is a powerful driver of the guest experience– choose pieces that are sturdy and safe and match the look of the space. The pattern on tabletops is a chance for you to infuse your brand into the customer experience. Vibrant colors on chairs and stools make them inviting and easy to find.

Read this next
How to Revamp Your Restaurant's Interior Design On a Budget
Operations

How to Revamp Your Restaurant's Interior Design On a Budget

Unique interior design has the power to level-up your restaurant's guest experience. Check out these 15 ways you can improve your restaurant design on a budget.

8. Install cozy booths 

Create intimate spaces with booth seating. Some guests like to be seen, but others are looking for a quiet place to have a conversation over great food. Your guests will appreciate the opportunity to keep conversations private and intimate.

9. Highlight the bar

If you have a full bar in your restaurant, make it shine. Lots of restaurants place their bars front and center so guests can enjoy a cocktail while waiting for a table. Choose bar stools, glassware displays, and lighting that are true to the style of your restaurant. Consider this open-plan restaurant bar at Boulevard American Bistro in Metairie, Louisiana. Everyone sitting around this bar feels like part of the group.


10. Party on the patio

Extend the vision of the interior of your restaurant into any patio or outdoor space you have. Choose lighting, wall art, and tables that are suited for exposure. This restaurant patio at Coastal Flats in Fairfax, VA makes perfect use of the outdoors.


11. Realize the risks and rewards of vintage decor

Buying vintage decor can be a great way to infuse character into your restaurant. But buy vintage decor strategically – wall art and other aesthetic pieces are fine, but vintage furniture or light fixtures can cause more problems than they’re worth.

12. Imagine beautiful bathrooms

Bathrooms might not seem like a big deal, but they can be the reason customers decide to return to your restaurant (or not). Bathrooms should be well-lit and accessible for all your guests. This fun, bold print is reflected in the mirrors at The Friendly Society in Elora, Ontario.



13. Go fresh and green

Keeping live plants in or around your restaurant brings light and color into the space. Vining plants, pothos, philodendrons, and snake plants are easy to maintain and infuse life into any area. This wall of plants at The Juice Smith is the perfect vibrant centerpiece.


Restaurant decoration inspiration

Your restaurant provides a third space for friends, family, and the community to gather and share meals. Make them feel at home with comfortable furniture, colors, and lighting that combine to make the experience – and your brand – memorable. 

Related Restaurant Decor Ideas

Pizzeria Decor Ideas
Bakery Decor Ideas
Nightclub Decor Ideas
Catering Decor Ideas
Bar Decor Ideas
Cafe Decor Ideas
Small Restaurant Decor Ideas
Coffee Shop Decor Ideas
Ice Cream Shop Decor Ideas
Sports Bar Decor Ideas

The Ultimate Guide to Restaurant Branding
icon RESOURCE

The Ultimate Guide to Restaurant Branding

Use this guide to get tips on how to create a restaurant brand that stands out, attracts customers, and drives repeat visits.

Download
You must have Javascript enabled in order to submit forms on our website. If you'd like to contact Toast please call us at:

(857) 301-6002
First and Last Name is required
Phone Number is required
Restaurant Name is required
What is your role? is required
What best describes your restaurant type? is required
Yes, I’d like a demo of Toast, a restaurant technology platform.
Yes, I'd like a demo of Toast is required
loadingspinner

We’ll handle your info according to our privacy statement.

Subscribe to On the Line

Sign up to get industry intel, advice, tools, and honest takes from real people tackling their restaurants’ greatest challenges.

We’ll handle your info according to our privacy statement.

Otl subscribe 55