What aesthetics can you create with floor and wall tiles in a restaurant or cafe?
- Retro European diner
- Modern and vintage fusion
- Island getaway
- Renaissance Ballroom
- Exotic cocktail bar
- Minimalist with a twist
When it comes to planning the interior of your restaurant or cafe, you or your designer likely start with a theme or aesthetic in mind. After all, sticking to a certain style provides coherence to your space and keeps it from looking too cluttered and all over the place.
Well, we’re here to prove that no matter what style you’re planning to adopt, there’s a Machuca tile available for you. In this blog, we’ve listed some common aesthetics for restaurants and cafes as well as the floor and wall pattern tiles that perfectly match them. Read on to get inspired and maybe adopt some of these styles in your own establishment!
Retro European Diner
Diners are an American staple from the 50s recognizable by their bright lights and quick service as well as greasy food. They’ve become key elements of the era, and are now considered a vintage aesthetic in restaurants all over the world.
When diners grew in popularity throughout Europe in the 70s, they were given a touch of class and sophistication that contrasted with their American counterparts’ neon lights and black-and-white checkered floors. Europeans veered away from garish reds and blacks, opted for more neutral tones, and of course, put in their accents with patterned floor tile designs.
Embrace that look for your retro European diner with Tile 103, which you can see used in our Hanoi Pho Boracay project above. Add some neutral-colored diner counters and tall chairs, and you’re all set!
Modern and Vintage Fusion
An undeniably popular trend that’s sweeping the restaurant and cafe world, the fusion of modern and vintage aesthetics is so good because it gives establishment proprietors so many options. The connotations of “modern” and “vintage” change with every era, so you always have a range of designs to choose from. Best of all, it’s practically two aesthetics in one!
The sleek staircase and towering potted plants of La Condessa Cafe + Lounge complement their tall arches and artisan tiles, giving the perfect, satisfying balance between new and old. This effect was created with Tile 037 and Tile BW 035, both sporting vintage details and modern color schemes.
What could be more relaxing than a rustic and all-natural restaurant… in the middle of nowhere? That’s precisely the effect you’re going for when you choose the tropical or Mediterranean island aesthetic. These food establishments’ ode to Mother Earth is apparent in their leafy greens, wood or woven furniture, and healthy menu.
Complete the look with floor tiles that give your cafe or restaurant a homey vibe. Try Tile 001 in custom earth tones as Siago Beach Resort did, or even try hexagon tiles like Hex 027 in custom dark green, like Las Palmas Siargao.
There’s a thin line between architecture and art, and some may even argue that there’s no line at all. Because of that, classical styles have fallen into their little categories based on the era they were popularized in—just like art.
Republique, a French-style restaurant in Los Angeles, incorporated the symmetry, proportion, and geometric patterns of classical Renaissance architecture. Even the photo above resembles an almost perfectly symmetrical palace ballroom and would not look out of place in old-fashioned Europe.
We love this photo and especially appreciate specific elements of it: the monotony-breaking wooden barrel, the touches of contrasting blue, and—of course—our geometric Tile 058 in its custom earthy color scheme.
Exotic Cocktail Bar
Is anyone planning to hit the beach this summer? Whether you’re fond of the waves or not, no summer vacation is complete without a visit to the local bar for a refreshing drink. You don’t need to travel the world for as long as you have an exotic cocktail in your hands—your tastebuds will do it for you.
In the same way, bar, restaurant, and cafe owners can provide this imagery to their customers by designing a space with the tropics in mind like what Queens at Bollywood did. With spacelike neon lighting, our Tile 112 lining the walls of their bar, a bunch of wooden and woven furniture, and a menu full of spiced and exotic food and drinks, this place will take you to India and back in a flash.
Minimalist with a Twist
For a final take on modernity, we present the minimalist aesthetic, which we’re sure you’ve heard of. Characterized by simplicity, consistency, and a lack of clutter, it’s a style that always looks clean and refined, which is why so many people subscribe to it.
At Machuca, however, we’re always floored (no pun intended) by the many ways our clients use their tiles. For example, see how Coco Mama in Boracay used Tile 115 in a custom leafy green color scheme for their counter wall. It instantly elevates the room, adding a touch of intricate detail to an otherwise bare and minimalist space.
With a pattern that’s reminiscent of coconut tree leaves, the tile pattern even reminds customers of what they’re there for—coconut ice cream!
As you can see, there’s a Machuca tile perfect for any aesthetic you may want for your food establishment. We even tile restaurant kitchens if you want your entire restaurant done the Machuca way.