Rustic Restaurant Design

Rustic is a design that has, and continues to make a loud and important comeback in interior design. Restaurants are no exception to this. Rustic design can be found in restaurants in the country, all the way to the centre of the busiest cities. Here are some tips if you are looking to design or create a rustic inspired/ designed restaurant:


If you are building your restaurant from scratch, consider a barn style or wood enhanced building. A log cabin may not be necessary, but wooden and neutral accents are important. If you are scoping out existing locations, consider those locations with ample natural light, and older buildings with high ceilings and character. Wooden beams are always welcome in rustic settings. Consider replacing the door with a barn style door or using plants, gardens and signs that have a rustic or barnyard feel. Distressed wood helps enhance this feeling, so consider a menu board or welcome sign made with distressed wood.


The entrance way should be warm and welcoming. Consider using things like old crates to make a hostess stand, or even seats for guests to wait. Flowers should be minimal, and consider sticking to whites, beige, and other neutral colours. Lanterns are a great accent light fixture that enhances the authentic rustic feel.

Dining area

Benches, wood stools and old style metal chairs are all common in rustic restaurants and bars. Tables are often made from wood which is often distressed or recycled, most of which is square or rectangle in shape. The lighting should also be rustic, using pot lights, lanterns or exposed light bulbs is an effective way to create a rustic feel. Consider using milk bottles for water or other beverages, and using d├ęcor such as wood signs, old pictures, distressed maps, or other recycled items that may create a warm feel.

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