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Detailed Coffee Shop Decoration ​Tips & Interior Design ​Ideas

Coffee Shop

Coffee Shop

​Coffee shop design is crucial for drawing in customers to sit and drink your product. From the guests working on a laptop or reading a book to the group of friends catching up, coffee shops are the go-to spot for a wide range of customers. Your coffee shop interior has the ability to engage your guests, increase comfort, and urge them to become loyal costumers. Here are 10 ways to decorate your coffee shop.

​1.  Interior Basics

Coffee Shop Minimalistic Interior


​Your cafe will be unforgettable if it has a strong brand that is apparent through your decor, service, employees, and items offered. Your brand is your restaurant’s concept, identity, and personality. Cafe decor should be consistent with and boost your brand, creating an ambiance that is distinct to your customers.

​Choose your lighting carefully. Make use of natural lighting to take advantage of organic light and save energy. During the day, cool lights are a good option, because they illuminate areas with similar tones to daylight. To create a comforting atmosphere in the evening, warm and soft tones are great, because they create a more gentle contrast with darkness.

​2.  Industrial-Style Interior

Industrial Style Interior

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​This theme takes inspiration from warehouses, factories, and other industrial spaces.

  • Exposed pipes, brick, ceiling beams, iron reinforcements, and weathered wood
  • Metal accents
  • Incorporate some mechanical components, like gears, nuts, and bolts
  • Use tough materials, like leather, copper, stone, or aluminum
  • Combination of old and modern components, such as a modern lamp and a vintage side table
  • Color scheme: black, gray, white, maroon...


3.  The Old-Style Interior

Old-Style Interior

Old-Style Interior

This style has an antique old charm without a hint of modern or contemporary pieces. The atmosphere is supposed to be laid-back and homey. The overall ambiance should be cozy and intimate with warm lighting accents.

The color scheme for the old-style café is very ritzy; multi-toned shades of brown with a lot of texture. The aesthetic for such cafes can include an exposed brick wall, a tall bookshelf, an earthy color scheme, and simple lights.


4.  Hygge Interior

Hygge Interior

Hygge Interior

The Danish word "Hygge" is a word that refers to joy and calmness. It emphasizes comfort, warmth, and indulgence. A hygge interior is minimal with many natural and cozy elements.

  • Soft lighting like candles, fireplace, twinkly string lights...
  • Use wood and stone
  • Soft textures and mix of patterns and materials
  • Pillows, plush rugs, and soft throws
  • Comfortable seating spaces
  • A warm and inviting atmosphere
  • Natural laidback feel
  • Cozy nooks
  • Rustic elements combined with contemporary
  • Color scheme: neutral colors, light gray, brown, cream…


5.  Minimalistic Interior

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If you like the look of simple, this is the style for your shop. Minimalism is coming back when it comes to interior designs. Think of art sparingly hung on the walls and clean and sleek lines on everything from your furniture to storage.

The main idea behind minimalism is that everything has its place and nothing is included that isn’t necessary. You can’t go wrong with simple wooden furniture, classic black and white tile floors, good lighting, and mirrors.


6.  Mid-Century Interior

Coffee Shop Modern Interior

Lasting from the mid-1930s through the 60s, the mid-century design is known for experimenting with new materials in light of new technology while still using traditional ones. Mid-century emphasizes function over form.

  • Use unique and contrasting materials, like plastic, vinyl, glass, plexiglass, or plywood
  • Clean lines and geometric shapes
  • Ergonomic furniture
  • Wood elements
  • Color scheme: grey, green, mustard yellow, orange...


7.  Modern Interior

Coffee Shop Light

Modern Interior

Modern interior design attributes to the reflection of the modern art movement. There are various characteristics and design themes seen throughout modern design.

Smooth white walls with tan counters and tables that match create a clean modern look any 21st-century coffee-lover will enjoy. Adding bright lights will bring out the shine on stainless steel appliances. With the right cups, tables, and utensils, you will accomplish  Instagram-worthy results.


8.  Vintage Interior

Coffee Shop Antique Design

Vintage Interior

Vintage decor gets inspiration from the past and includes styles from a variety of decades. It gives off a romantic, charming atmosphere with antique elements that emphasize elegant patterns and designs.

  • Floral wallpaper and details
  • Checkered tablecloths
  • Pieces like embroidered doilies, hoops, quilts, couches and chairs that have intricate patterns
  • Vintage luggage
  • China dishes as decoration or for serving
  • Canisters for holding coffee, tea, flour, sugar
  • Distressed couches and chairs
  • Mahogany wood
  • Chandeliers or stained-glass lamps
  • Color scheme: a variety of pastel or muted colors, burgundy, peach, light orange, mustard yellow...


9.  Interior Accents

Parts of your coffee shop’s personality and mission statement may or may not always be obvious in the color scheme and theme of your coffee shop. Choosing your accents wisely ensures that your brand comes across to your customers. You should make your design more engaging and immersive.

  • Books and magazines. Many owners don't realize how important it is to have a magazine holder. By making sure you have a beautiful magazine holder filled with up-to-date newspapers and magazines, you are attracting and making happy many morning coffee drinkers who like to read and sip their coffee.
  • Add entertainment that is specific to your brand and atmosphere. If your cafe celebrates the hygge concept, have games like monopoly or chess helping the guests to stay and relax.
  • Music brings out a unique vibe in your cafe. You can make your music playlist based on your brand or the time of day. If you have a rustic cafe, try playing grassroots music. If your cafe is modern, you can choose more upbeat and popular songs.


10.  The ‘Gastronomic Analogy’

Gastronomic wall picture


In architecture, the theory of Gastronomic Analogy is referred to as the physical manifestation of food within the space. The idea is to attract the customer by designing your space in the image of a specific food you’re trying to market; like those cafe walls that have chocolate dripping on them.

​In the context of café interiors, Gastronomic Analogy could be applied by designing small artificial food or drink objects in the interior space.

The perfect coffee shop interior design requires a good understanding of your concept. When you perfected your understanding of all aspects, you should be capable of achieving the layout that’s perfect for you, your coffee shop, and your customers. Add in good quality coffee, delicious food, as well as some good music and you’re well on your way to being a community favorite.

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