5 Things to consider when designing a restaurant: Mr. Tushar Mistry, Principal Architect of Tushar Mistry Design Studio (TMDS)

Tushar Mistry-Principal Architect of Tushar Mistry Design Studio

While restaurants compete and win owing to multiple factors such as the food they offer, the taste, the location and the promotion strategy, it is a lesser known fact that their interior design silently plays one of the most important roles in their success.

In today’s time, it is all about an all-inclusive dining experience that goes way beyond those traditional aspects of food and beverages.

The interiors and exteriors of a restaurant impact customer psychology, prompt them to extend the duration of their stay and make them visit again.

However, it is a specialized subject and there are finer nuances that need to be looked into while designing a restaurant.

Mentioned below are ideas that can help you attract your customers using interior design in restaurants:


A restaurant’s entrance is the first thing that your customer will notice as they walk through the door. This first visual impression will determine how they perceive your brand, what level of service they are expecting, and if they want to come back again.

In fact, entrance is something you must consider just as important as the interior, menu, service, and staff.

Consider the height of the doorways, the colour of the carpet, and the fixtures essential at the entry for attraction and ease.

Besides, if you have a cafeteria or bistro, you can also think about adding tables and comfortable chairs to the outdoor space. It will allow people to sit and relax for a while.


Colours play an important role in restaurant interior design. Besides the aesthetic appeal, it creates a very powerful impact on customer experience and helps to enhance mood and triggers cravings for good food and drinks.

As different colours can lead to different moods, tap the correct mood of your restaurant and choose colours accordingly.

For instance, while red and orange are considered potent stimulants, yellow can bring out people’s appetites by giving a lively feeling.

Besides, do not go for colours such as blue, grey, brown, and purple as they have been known to suppress the mood.


Lighting is the third most swaying element of a restaurant’s interior design. The kind of lighting you select must depend on the theme or core concept of your restaurant.

It is also recommended to use a combination of lights. For instance, the dining area could be a blend of accents, ornate fixtures with subtle lighting, just right for people to eat and strike engaging chats.

In addition to this, a statement light piece such as a chandelier or a modern pendant light shall also upraise your restaurant.

Choose the right layout

The layout of the restaurant should be a seamless blend of aesthetics and functionality. The success of your business depends on it.

Therefore, if the interior layout isn’t just as functional as it should be, you will face trouble in attracting and retaining customers.

The restaurant should be organized in such a way that there is ample space for movement for the dinners and servers, and the furniture should not be too cluttered or widely spread out either.

You can also have a different area for dining and a separate lounge area if you have the resources and the budget.


You should be able to give your customers both an outstanding gastronomic, as well as a sensory experience when they visit your restaurant.

And if you understand your customer’s psychology and deliver accordingly, more than half the battle is won.

Employ the above-mentioned tips in your restaurant interior design to ensure you leave a desirable impact on your customers and make them come again and again.

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