If you are not an architect or interior designer, it is difficult to follow the evolution of design in real time. It’s much easier to look back a few years later and track the progress. For those in the hospitality industry, hindsight is not enough. You have to be on top of the trends.
One of the realities you will learn from following design trends is that they are often much less organic than they appear. For example, Pantone chooses a color palette each year that is adopted by fashion and interior designers around the world. This type of strategy streamlines marketing and sales and ensures that everyone is on the same page.
That’s why thinking outside the box won’t get you far. Yes, your restaurant must absolutely express your uniqueness. However, there are certain limits that must be met in order for the available furniture and interiors to truly match your themes. The architecture and interior design of restaurants have already evolved in the 21st century. If you haven’t been following the trends, here’s what you need to know.
Minimalism is in: Whether you like it or not, there’s no doubt that minimalism is in order. This extends to all aspects of the interior of a restaurant. When furnishing your restaurant, you need to take into account that customers will be drawn to stripped-down rooms. Less is more.
Minimalism doesn’t necessarily imply empty space and simplicity. Visible lighting fixtures, bare brick, etc. are all examples of minimalism. They express contentment with the bare bones of a space’s design, and contentment is the very essence of minimalism. It expresses a willingness to embrace beauty in the basics.
For this reason, plant life adds to this aesthetic. Bringing nature inside speaks about all the values of minimalist thought.
Natural building blocks: As we move further and further into a man-made world, everyone seems to want a break from modernity. Instead of the futuristic interiors that sci-fi creators once imagined, people are getting back to basics. In the 21st century, we’ve seen many restaurants opt for wooden walls and floors, fireplaces and other “natural” building elements.
Every modern designer has the instinct to create spaces that appear to be ahead of their time. But the reality is that the future is not as attractive as it once was. We keep the latest technology in our hands at all times. In the restaurant, nature is a nice break.
Soft colors: Another old sci-fi trope was that the future would be full of bright colors and neon lights. The reality is, these things now make a restaurant look incredibly outdated. People today want something more subtle, which is why neutral colors and soft pastels are all the rage.
We’ve all realized that a restaurant has to be a place that takes us away from the intensity of the online world. We want to be less stimulated by colors and even more by food. 21st century restaurants are nothing like what we once expected. Knowing the trends is important before you start to think outside the box.