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Restaurant Renovations and Design Trends That Could Turn Tables in 2020

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Restaurant Renovations and Design Trends That Could Turn Tables in 2020

Integrating experience-driven design, ambience and menus to create a dining “story” is becoming increasingly important for differentiation. And with the new year just around the corner, upcoming restaurant design trends have a significant influence on what we consider to be authentic and visually appealing.

Design trends in 2020 feature innovative concepts, shapes, colour schemes, novel materials or just playing with the known to create something extraordinary. Embracing new interior perspectives and accommodating changing tastes will impact restaurant construction in new and exciting ways.

innovative restaurant design
Blue Frog, India

Here is an intriguing look at the future of restaurant renovations and design trends in 2020, coupled with images of some of the most beautiful hospitality interiors out there.

Authenticity meets experience-driven design

What makes a restaurant authentic? Is it its location, design concept, menu, service and price point… or the combination of all? More than a spot to eat, restaurants are places we go for nourishment, both physically and spiritually. Restaurant authenticity leads to a positive perceived value and brand trust.

Odette restaurant dining room
Odette, Singapore

Younger patrons are becoming more attuned to what is truly real and expect to be told a “story”. They want to know what makes you stand out from the rest of the industry. What makes you different? The clever use of design is perhaps the easiest way to meet this demand.

To merge authenticity and experience, restaurant owners can start off by investing some thought in developing fresh design concepts tailored to reflect what’s most important to guests, and creating unforgettable experiences that engage all the senses, not just taste.

Toranomon HOP Restaurant Japan
Toranomon HOP, Japan

Reimaging the restaurant concept may also involve offering multiple dining areas and experiences to give patrons a choice of atmosphere. More importantly, service, spatial layout, operation as well as design need to come together to function seamlessly.

Sustainability as a necessity

Sustainability has become a more conscious topic of conversation in the culinary
industry and will continue to gain momentum going into the new decade. Rightfully so, as designing for today’s health and wellness extends far beyond aesthetics.

Nikunotoriko cave restaurant
Nikunotoriko, Tokyo

With more eco-related challenges than ever, conscious consumers are increasingly wanting to see brands taking sustainability seriously, and that includes the restaurants they frequent. In response, material transparency is becoming important to restaurant owners, designers and building personnel — opting for more eco-friendly furnishings, paints, flooring and other materials free of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

Creating a healthier environment for the people working in space and the guests is an essential first step toward making buildings more sustainable. Led lighting has also gone green and has replaced essentially everything. Utilising sustainably-harvested lumber in furniture, walls, and flooring is also showing up as key renovation and design trends for 2020.

Nacrée restaurant Japan
Nacrée, Japan

Doha is one exemplary city in its eco-friendly practices — design and architectural projects are largely driven by sustainability concerns. An elevated awareness of the environment has seen the integration of green design centred around reusable and renewable materials, spatial layouts, lighting aesthetics as well as underlying concepts such as durability and functionality.

Endless colour imagination

Restaurants are not just a service anymore; they have an opportunity to create more memorable visual landscapes that help them stand out. Studying how colours will affect customers is the key to a thriving restaurant business.

Le Pain Frances Restaurant in Sweden
Le Pain Frances Restaurant, Sweden

With Pantone’s official colour of the year 2020: Classic Blue (“emphasising the “desire for stability, creativity and more spontaneous design approaches”), 2020 predictions point towards striking a balance between minimalism and maximalism, with a few more grounded and bold tones introduced.

Dandelyan London Restaurant
Dandelyan, London

Pairing this slightly darker blue with warmer tones like dark green and mustard hues is a fantastic way of creating relaxed yet intimate settings, perfect for trendy restaurant and romantic bistros. The return of daring colour palettes: millennial pink and crimson, turquoise and jet black, forest green and muted gold are brightening up spaces across the world.

Instagrammable focal features

Social media users have brilliantly changed the way that many businesses approach their restaurant design. Today’s customers are becoming accustomed to having digital experiences integrated into their everyday lives.

Ammo Restaurant in Hong Kong
Ammo, Hong Kong

Whatever your aesthetic preferences are — contemporarytraditional or coastal — giving your guests something worth shouting about can provide you with access to a whole host of new customers, and ultimately contribute toward making memorable first impressions. A recent study has revealed that 40.1% of millennials choose a spot based on its instagrammability. The kitschy, colourful and irresistible design features — as well as smells, sounds and drama of a working kitchen, can create quite a buzz.

Hueso Restaurant Mexico
Hueso Restaurant, Mexico

Consider introducing statement lighting or combining different materials in unique and intriguing ways. Standout features such wall art, patterned tiling and striking accent walls are great focal points from a design and aesthetic point of view, but also an extension of your brand and a powerful way to generate interest — and hopefully keep customers coming back for seconds.

Outdoor space with a purpose

Many restaurant patrons enjoy having the option of dining outside. To combat this, new restaurant design trends are focusing on installing retractable roofs so the outdoor space can be used all year round.

Sirocco Bar Restaurant Bangkok Thailand
Sirocco Restaurant, Thailand

Establishments with access to a patio or rooftop area are taking full advantage of this trend — making the accommodations for patrons to dine year-round — and offering beautiful views that elevate one’s experience.

Multi-functional, compact furniture

The world of furniture is shifting towards multi-functional, compact pieces, and new restaurant design concepts are riding in on the trend. This is particularly true for establishments that wish to incorporate different types of spaces within a restaurant without sacrificing aesthetics or floor footage.

Taka Restaurant New Jersey
Taka Restaurant, New Jersey

Adaptive spaces in Qatar’s restaurant landscape are becoming increasingly popular, and furniture has become the central focus in defining the atmosphere within the space. Multi-functional, compact pieces help to break up space visually but also provide different types of seating styles to suit the diverse preferences of customers.

Get started!

Impeccable restaurant interior design requires a deep understanding of the concept, hence engaging an expert restaurant designer will benefit you in a number of ways. Whether you choose to completely remodel or do a few updates to stay trendy, effective design planning, the right interior fit-out and detailed lighting design are vital to the success of any restaurant, from a fast-casual eatery to high-end, fine dining establishments.

Final thoughts

From flexible seating design concepts to create an inviting aesthetic that allows customers to feel at home, 2020 brings exciting renovation and design trends that are predicted to take the culinary scene by storm. Paying attention to every single detail plays an essential role in creating the perfect interior for your restaurant concept, target audience and ideal customer experience.


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