Hospitality Design Trends to Watch

Last Updated on February 28, 2024 by SampleBoard

With the evolving landscape of global travelers and a growing number of people who are regularly choosing to eat out, hospitality design has become more and more influential on what we consider to be visually appealing.

With our homes taking on a global, Insta-worthy aesthetic, we notice homeowners’ fear of taking chances in terms of style and color.

But when it comes to hospitality design - creating a unique look and experience is key to achieving business success.

Hospitality Design Trends to Watch for in 2019/2020 - SampleBoard Blog

Atelier Ace's Sister City hotel, Manhattan

In addition to setting a backdrop for an unforgettable experience, hotels and restaurants across the globe now offer a major dose of lifestyle and interior inspiration.

In a way, they can be seen as great design case studies exploring the stylistic directions for the whole interior design industry.

They feature innovative concepts, shapes, color schemes, and novel materials, or just play with the known to create something extraordinary and breathtaking.

These bold hotel and restaurant designs urge us to embrace new interior perspectives to finally bring the luxe back home.

Here is our round-up of the hospitality design trends, coupled with the images of some of the most beautiful hospitality interiors out there.

Hospitality Design Trends to Watch for in 2019/2020 - SampleBoard Blog
Hospitality Design Trends to Watch for in 2019/2020 - SampleBoard Blog
Hospitality Design Trends to Watch for in 2019/2020 - SampleBoard Blog

Breadway bakery, Odessa, Ukraine

Hospitality Design Trends to Watch for in 2019/2020 - SampleBoard Blog
Hospitality Design Trends to Watch for in 2019/2020 - SampleBoard Blog

Milk Train, London

Hospitality Design Trends to Watch for in 2019/2020 - SampleBoard Blog
Hospitality Design Trends to Watch for in 2019/2020 - SampleBoard Blog

Farmer J restaurant, London

Authenticity - the backbone of the business

More than a sparkling clean space with a view, younger customers now expect to be told a story. They want to know what makes you stand out from the rest of the industry.

Why are you different? The easiest way to meet this request is through clever use of design.

By investing some thought and money, you can develop a unique concept and create a mood that would provide the customers with all the answers their curiosity might be looking for, but the next point also helps tremendously.

Authentic stories and spaces create unforgettable experiences and convert customers into loyal brand ambassadors.

Hospitality Design Trends to Watch for in 2019/2020 - SampleBoard Blog
Hospitality Design Trends to Watch for in 2019/2020 - SampleBoard Blog
Hospitality Design Trends to Watch for in 2019/2020 - SampleBoard Blog

ATX Cocina, Austin, Texas

Strong Brand and Social Media presence as imperatives

The social media-driven society accepts nothing but picture-perfect vignettes to snap and post to Instagram.

In addition to an authentic design, we will see brands use social media to preach about their mission and values.

Encouraging guests to share the images on their social media becomes key to attracting social-proof-seeking Millennials, but also helps spread the word about the space itself.

Social media management becomes key to branding and connecting with customers.

Hospitality Design Trends to Watch for in 2019/2020 - SampleBoard Blog
Hospitality Design Trends to Watch for in 2019/2020 - SampleBoard Blog
Hospitality Design Trends to Watch for in 2019/2020 - SampleBoard Blog

John Anthony restaurant, Hong Kong

Shared spaces to both socialize and be alone

The following years will see hospitality design start to tackle one of the most sensitive topics of today's society - being alone.

We are living alone, traveling alone, eating alone… and it’s starting to feel… well, too lonely.

To keep people close together while at the same time providing them with a sense of privacy, hotels and restaurants are rethinking their communal spaces.

To encourage their guests to socialize, many hotels removed the minibars from their offers and instead focused on turning their communal areas into go-to retreats.

Many even go as far as opening their doors to locals, who get mixed with the guests to enjoy the so-called isolated togetherness phenomenon.

Hospitality Design Trends to Watch for in 2019/2020 - SampleBoard Blog
Hospitality Design Trends to Watch for in 2019/2020 - SampleBoard Blog
Hospitality Design Trends to Watch for in 2019/2020 - SampleBoard Blog
Hospitality Design Trends to Watch for in 2019/2020 - SampleBoard Blog

Kaikaya restaurant, Valencia, Spain

Empowered, not ruled by Technology

With technology all around us, we find ourselves overwhelmed by the increasing number of high-tech gadgets and apps we tackle each day.

We don’t want to be served by a machine but rather indulge in a conversation with real people.

Technology is only there to streamline the process and empower people, not replace them.

Hospitality Design Trends to Watch for in 2019/2020 - SampleBoard Blog
Hospitality Design Trends to Watch for in 2019/2020 - SampleBoard Blog
Hospitality Design Trends to Watch for in 2019/2020 - SampleBoard Blog

Whitworth Locke hotel, Manchester, England

Sustainability is more than a buzzword

The biggest new challenge for the hospitality industry is how to become more sustainable.

From using eco-friendly materials, cleaning products, reducing the amount of trash, and all the way to some small, yet brilliant solutions such as opting for branded reusable bottles, coming up with sustainable practices is becoming increasingly important.

Hospitality Design Trends to Watch for in 2019/2020 - SampleBoard Blog
Hospitality Design Trends to Watch for in 2019/2020 - SampleBoard Blog
Hospitality Design Trends to Watch for in 2019/2020 - SampleBoard Blog

The Hoxton, East London

Hospitality Design Trends to Watch for in 2019/2020 - SampleBoard Blog
Hospitality Design Trends to Watch for in 2019/2020 - SampleBoard Blog

The Pink Zebra hotel, Kanpur, India

Hospitality Design Trends to Watch for in 2019/2020 - SampleBoard Blog
Hospitality Design Trends to Watch for in 2019/2020 - SampleBoard Blog

Mama Kelly restaurant, Amsterdam

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