A restaurant interior with framed wall photos and industrial lighting

Industrial Restaurant Interior Design Ideas

The design of your restaurant is hugely important to your success. While there’s so much to consider, it’s also one of the most enjoyable parts of preparing your establishment to excite and amaze your guests!

The industrial style has become increasingly popular for restaurants, as diners seek more characterful spaces. Our industrial restaurant lighting has appeared in countless different restaurant interior types, and we’ve worked with a wide range of establishments to create unique industrial spaces.

Here, we guide you through some of the key aspects we recommend considering when designing an industrial-style restaurant.

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Metal Highlights

One of the cornerstones of the industrial style is the use of metal highlights. Metal features are a great way to add edginess to any restaurant interior, creating spaces full of character.

The industrial style tends to lean towards colder, tougher surfaces like metal, brick and, to a lesser extent, wood. While this isn’t a steadfast rule, if you want to create an industrial-style interior, you should consider how you are using these three materials in your space.

Metal comes in so many different forms and styles, meaning there’s something for every restaurant or diner. If you want a lighter, more luxurious touch, consider using brighter pieces such as brass.

For a more modern space, darker pewter shades can provide a wonderful atmosphere. If you want to create an industrial interior full of warmth, copper features should be high on your list.

Some restaurant owners can be concerned about creating spaces that are too cold and uninviting when embracing an industrial look. However, pairing industrial materials with warm colour schemes and furnishings is a sure-fire way to create a wonderful, cosy atmosphere in your establishment.

A warm restaurant interior with brick walls and metal features
Brooklyn Dome Pendant - 13 Inch - Brass, Orlando Cylinder Pendant - 3 Inch - Brass, and Turner Leather & Metal Adjustable Bar Stool - 35 Inch, by Industville (Image supplied by Andy Haslam Photography)

Simple Colour Schemes

The industrial style is all about creating contrasts in your space. However, they don’t have to be too fierce. Subtle colour schemes are often highly effective at drawing the natural edges out of an industrial interior.

There is no limit to the colours you can use in an industrial style. The most important thing is that all your different shades work together to create a cohesive space. For this reason, monotonal colour schemes are particularly effective, providing subtle highlights while maintaining the uniform appeal of industrial interiors.

If you want to create a modern restaurant interior that excites your guests, consider using deeper, darker tones. The below restaurant is an excellent example of how a simple colour scheme leaves room for statement features to shine, creating a dramatic interior that doesn’t take too much away from the guests and their attention on the food.

A modern industrial restaurant interior in grey
Brooklyn Cone Pendant - 7 Inch - Pewter, by Industville (Image supplied by Kintan Japanese BBQ Holborn Fit Out)

Exposed Furnishings

As mentioned above, another crucial part of any industrial style is the utilisation of open spaces to create dramatic and eye-catching lines. Leaving your restaurant’s features as exposed as possible helps bring to life a plethora of design features, each of which adds character to your interior.

Many modern restaurant designs shy away from having too many distractions, and with good reason. However, if you want to create an impactful industrial interior, including a few more exposed features can be really effective.

The restaurant below is a great example of how to use exposed furnishings to create a characterful space. From dramatic hanging lights to the criss-cross of chair legs, there’s so much atmosphere in this space - you can almost picture the positive, energetic vibe of this establishment during the weekday rush.

A retro industrial interior with metal chairs and wooden tables
Brooklyn Giant Bowl Pendant - 24 Inch - Pewter, by Industville (Image supplied by Ray MacHugh, Sano Pizza)

Soft Touches

Sometimes, the industrial interior can feel a little overpowering. For example, the restaurant design above might feel overly cluttered to some. However, it is possible to have all the features and character of the industrial style while also keeping your interior on the calmer side.

Adding soft touches to an industrial-style interior is a great way to bring a sense of calm into your space. There are many ways to achieve this, but two of the most effective are plants and fabrics.

The industrial style works brilliantly with natural materials, including plants. Adding greenery to a metallic space brings an instant feeling of calm, softening hard lines without taking away from their character.

The same can be said for fabrics. Adding soft, colourful touches to industrial furnishings can bring a newfound sense of warmth to your restaurant interior.

An industrial restaurant interior with wooden tables and plants
Swan Neck Dome Wall Light - 8 Inch - Pewter, by Industville (Image supplied by Michelle Lyons Interiors)

Characterful Spaces

One of the most essential parts of the industrial style is creating spaces that showcase your restaurant’s character, style and story. Industrial interiors are fantastic canvases for implanting your style onto, making them perfect for creating unique dining experiences.

How you create a unique industrial interior is up to you, and there are no limits to your options. Unique colour schemes are a good way to create atmosphere in your restaurant, while your choice of metal, brick or wood features will also help create a distinct feel.

One of the most effective ways of creating a unique industrial interior is through the use of statement pieces. The restaurant below instantly produces a modern nautical theme through the use of colour, paired with subtle wall art that stands out thanks to the sharp edges of the industrial style.

A blue restaurant wall with brass industrial light by Industville
Brooklyn Cone Wall Light - 7 Inch - Brass, by Industville (Image supplied by @starandgarterfalmouth)

Statement Lighting

The lighting choices will often define a restaurant, regardless of the interior style. Lighting plays a huge role, not only in setting the mood but also in providing a practical dining experience for guests.

The industrial style is the perfect excuse to opt for statement lighting. Industrial restaurant lighting helps to draw eyes upwards with eye-catching shapes and tones that compliment any interior.

A modern restaurant interior with statement industrial lighting
Brooklyn Dome Pendant - 13 Inch - Brass, and Turner Leather & Metal Adjustable Bar Stool - 35 Inch, by Industville (Image supplied by Andy Haslam Photography)

The industrial style is a timeless canvas upon which you can input your emotion and style. Whether you’re creating a modern, retro or traditional dining experience, our lights will be the perfect complement to your space!

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Header image supplied by Pompette by Wiedemann Restaurants Ltd.