Arranging a restaurant interior is an exciting topic for every ambitious architect. The interior has to be not only in accordance with applicable regulations but also user-friendly, consistent with the nature of the served kitchen, easy to keep clean, durable, safe and visually stunning. How to meet all these requirements? Check out 6 of our inspiring ideas.
When arranging a restaurant space, one should first approach it from the practical side. What should you consider? The whole set of usable, aesthetic, emotional, and “official” factors (a restaurant, as a public facility, is subject to mandatory requirements, that must be met).
Decent entrance area
If you enter a restaurant directly from the street, take care for the best parameters of the floor cladding. It must withstand contact with such abrasive contaminants as particles of sand, mud, soil, dust, often in combination with rainwater, snow, and salt.
In such premises (especially in the entrance zone), it is worth using ceramic tiles with the highest abrasion resistance (for example PEI 5/12000, PEI 4/6000) or unglazed porcelain (which can also be very visually appealing – especially the one made in the double charge technology). Clinker tiles will also work perfectly well.
Before making a final decision, check whether the selected tiles have documents required by the regulations, such as attestations or technical approvals and hygiene certificates.
The highest fifth abrasion class with a revolution number of 12 000 have tiles from the following collections of Paradyż brand: Tecniq, Tigua, Teakstone, Trakt, Flash, ceramic parquet Trophy, Foresta and Herrera or clinker Scandiano, among others.Also, remember to keep as much dirt as possible using a good wipers in the entrance area.
The level of anti-slip of the tiles will also be important, marked with the symbol R and the number next to it (the higher the number at the “R”, the lower the risk of slipping).
Security and cleanliness above all
Throughout the whole restaurant – beginning from the economic facility through the kitchen, ending with the consumer room – hygiene is of fundamental importance. Visits of sanitary-epidemiological station are the bread and butter of all restaurateurs. All surfaces must be safe and easy to keep clean. Consequently, they must be resistant to moisture, chemical cleaning agents, and staining substances.
Ceramic claddings have the advantage over others that they do not show signs of “fatigue” even during intensive, long-term use and allow you to clean up on a regular basis.
Read, how to choose tiles for the kitchen in the restaurant, so that they are both beautiful and practical.
A matter of taste
In the restaurant, the coherence of its interior design with the menu served there is the key. This is an absolute starting point for a creative architect. The taste and character of the dishes should be a base on which the sensitive architect will build the most consistent conditions of consuming specialties served on the table. It is worth looking for the unobvious and unexploited connotations. Then, it is easier to avoid frequent and stereotypical repetitions.
A matter of proportion
Not always the architect has the comfort of designing a restaurant from scratch, carefully planning the functional and aesthetic layout. They often have to deal with such challenges as optical enlargement of space (we have already written about tricks which visually enlarge small hotel bathrooms – these tricks can also be successfully used in restaurant interiors).
Separation of individual functional zones can be achieved in the restaurant by operating with colour, reflections, structure, lines, uniform or varied tile format.
A matter of an atmosphere
The atmosphere of the restaurant consists of the sum of all the sensations experienced by the recipients. They are influenced by visual, auditory, tactile, and aromatic effects. Plan them in a thoughtful way, choosing the dominant colours, the right pieces of furniture and the materials they are made of. Approach the selection of lighting and all accessories in a similar way.
To introduce the right atmosphere with the use of ceramic tiles, you can use their colours, formats, and various textures (which you can emphasise with the help of light as 3D effects).
Timeless stone designs – depending on colours and drawings – can be a base for classic, modern, minimalist, industrial, rustic, idyllic, eco, and hygge settings. Ceramic collections modelled on natural wood also give a wide room for arrangement.
If you want to bring an elegant and intimate mood into the interior, you should consider using dark ceramics with a distinctive structure (see how it works in exclusive dark bathrooms).
As promised in the title, we present 6 inspirations for the interior design of the restaurant.
1. In an industrial atmosphere
Fashionable loft vibes could not bypass the HORECA industry. You can build urban chic from post-industrial objects based on such characteristic elements of the style as: open space, visible building material for walls and other construction elements, unshielded windows and installations, raw wood, asceticism in the use of accessories, concrete and metal (for example in lamps, furniture, and window bolections).
Restaurant in an industrial style perfectly find themselves in the buildings of modern hotels, office buildings, and apartments.
When designing the interior of a loft restaurant (or stylised as such), take care of the atmosphere as well as the practical use side. Remember that even the harsh industrial space needs to be kept in perfect order and that it must be safe for guests.
2. Grey elegance
For the arrangements in the eco style, both the modest and elegant ones, we would like to pay your particular attention to neutral grey and wood (both natural and ceramic parquet and large tiles in the form of boards), as well as live plants – the larger, the more effective. The semi-polished surface of the tiles, shimmering with particles of mica, effectively emphasise the class of the restaurant, and at the same time will be resistant to increased traffic of the visitors and frequent housekeeping.
Grey stone can be an inexhaustible source of arrangement ideas. Combinations of matt and glossy surfaces, varied formats (from mosaic cubes through rectangles, to large squares ending), bring spectacular results in themselves. If we add consistently selected furniture, lighting, accessories, and tableware, we will provide the interior with a distinctive and unique character.
3. Modern neutrality
In the designs of modern premises, consider the use of large-format ceramics in neutral colours. Subdued patterns inspired by natural stone without a clear drawing are perfect for minimalist interiors. Owing to the rectified edges of the tiles, you will obtain the effect of a uniform, smooth surface (narrow joints on such a surface will be almost imperceptible). Add simple seats, large glazing, and dark grey walls – and the effect will be consistent and full of exclusive lightness.
4. Casual café
If you care for a light, quite neutral or even cosmopolitan design, consider the colours of nature and lively greenery. Subdued beiges, greys, potted flowers and hexagonal tiles “straight from the beehive” will emphasise the taste of uncomplicated, healthy cuisine (not only a vegetarian one).
5. In an atmospheric basement
Fashionable pubs and niche wineries require an atmospheric setting. Lack of natural light in basements and cellars is not a hindrance because visitors come there mainly after sunset. The warmth of brick, wood, and stone (also in the ceramic version), combined with interesting lighting and carefully planned elements of the interior, builds the invaluable atmosphere of social meetings.
6. With a terrace or a summer garden
Most of the ceramic collections are of course suitable for arranging terraces and outdoor gardens. Glazed collections with good PEI parameters, clinker, and unglazed porcelain, can easily bear a variable aura, utility burden and frequent hygienic treatments.
If you have to arrange a summer garden, you can also consider thick terrace slabs (thickness 20 mm, for instance Terrace, Garden and Path collections). After the season, they will be easy to dismantle and store them until the next spring.
If the arranged facility does not belong to the chain of restaurants “by template” (as in the case of many franchises), the originality, and even the uniqueness of the design should be the goal of the architect’s work. After all, it is all about unforgettable impressions of its guests. The room for possibilities is almost limitless – however, you have to put together good taste, parameters and budget.
- While arranging the interior of the restaurant, you need to consider practical, hygienic, and aesthetic issues.
- The character of the served kitchen should be the basis for conceptual work on the project.
- Floor in catering facilities must be durable, non-slip, resistant to abrasion, chemical cleaning, and staining.
- All ceramic tiles should have a set of documents confirming technical and functional parameters.
- The rich design of ceramic collections allows you for free arrangement of interiors in various styles: industrial, eco, hygge, traditional, modern, and minimalist.
- The originality of the interior restaurant subjectively influences not only the taste of the dishes but also impressions and memories of its guests.