Top 10 Tips for Restaurant Design

As a restaurant design agency, we understand the importance of creating a space that not only looks good but also enhances the dining experience for customers. Everything from branding to budget plays an important role in creating an inviting environment for your guests.


Here are our top ten restaurant design tips for restaurant owners to help create a memorable space that warrants a return visit.


Focussing on everything from the minor details you may not have considered, such as planting plants and staying above the trends, to the fundamentals of materials and spacing, these quick tips cover all the essentials to make your restaurant stand out and stand the test of time.


Let’s take a look at some of the most important things to consider when designing a new restaurant or updating an existing space.

Materials Matter

One of the first things to consider is your materials. The materials you use not only provide the foundations for the space but will determine its longevity also. When selecting the materials for your project, be sure to choose those that not only look good but also have durability and endurance. Invest in high-quality materials such as wood, metal, and stone that are stylish as well as practical.

Spacing is Key

Ensure your restaurant has adequate spacing between tables and chairs to provide your customers with a comfortable and private dining experience. Being tempted to squeeze that extra table or two in to increase sittings can make the space look cluttered and draw away attention from your restaurant’s attractive features. Finding the balance between space and functionality is key to providing visitors with a relaxing dining experience that encourages them to return for more. 

Branding is Important 


It goes without saying that branding is a principle feature in making your restaurant stand out from the crowd. Branding gives your restaurant a sense of identity, telling your customers who you are and what it’s all about. However, getting your message across doesn’t have to be complicated. There are many simple ways to incorporate branding elements into the restaurant design, such as colours, logos, and artwork, to create a cohesive and memorable brand experience for your customers.

Budget Wisely

Sometimes it can feel difficult to work out a reasonable budget for your project, but it’s significantly important to establish this from the start so you know where you stand. Set a realistic budget for your restaurant design and stick to it. Focus on investing in key areas such as lighting, furniture, and branding to make the biggest impact with the allocated funds that you have to hand. 

Flexibility is a Must

Create a space that can adapt to different events and occasions. A hybrid design will make a considerable difference to the longevity of your space, so have a plan in place to adjust the seating arrangement or lighting to accommodate different customer needs. Multipurpose spaces that work smartly to adapt to various requirements are the best investment in the long run. 

Furniture Selection

Your furniture is as much a communication of your branding and values as the restaurant itself so choose wisely. Aim to select comfortable and functional furniture that complements your restaurant’s style and design. Invest in pieces that are easy to clean, durable and comfortable for people choosing to spend a length of time in your restaurant.

Final Thoughts

Lighting Matters


Lighting is an essential element of any restaurant design. It not only frames the space but controls the mood and ambience within it. Choose lighting that complements the overall design aesthetic, and to mix up the mood, create different lighting zones to add texture and contrast.


Planting Plants 


Plants are not only a big trend at present but a great way to add colour and life to a restaurant space. Plants are a simple but effective way to make your space more inviting and research has shown that they enhance calmness and productivity. If you’re looking to incorporate plants into the restaurant design, focus on the main areas, such as waiting areas, dining tables, and bar counters for maximum impact.


Stay on top of Trends 


Although tempting to add a statement piece here and there, try not to follow the trends and stick to your brand. Trends come and go quickly, and you might find yourself refreshing your restaurant interior more frequently than you like. Aim to be a trendsetter, not a sheep and go for a design that will keep a fresh outlook and withstand the test of time. 

Expert Contractors

Finally, working with good contractors will make all the difference. Be sure to choose experienced and reputable contractors who can deliver quality workmanship and adhere to your timeline and budget. Working with an experienced design agency can help ensure your project runs smoothly and is delivered on time. Do your research first and seek out companies who have worked on similar projects to the one you have in mind; take a look at their portfolios and read customer testimonials and reviews to find out what experience others have had. 

A well-designed restaurant not only enhances the dining experience for customers but also helps to build a strong and memorable brand.  By following our top ten restaurant design tips, restaurant owners can create a space that is both visually appealing and functional.


For more information on our restaurant design service or if you have a project in mind, we’d love to hear from you, contact us for more information, and we’d be happy to help.

Matt Ward

By Matt Ward

Matt began his career working in Product and Industrial design in 2008, where he developed his keen eye for detail and obsession with the inner workings of a project. He then spent time with some of the country’s leading interior and branding design agencies, where he helped national and international brands create immersive customer experiences. Since 2022, Matt has enjoyed completing countless projects for independent brands across the UK with Copper and Ash.