How to Decorate Restrooms in a Restaurant


Decorating a restaurant's bathroom may seem challenging, but is actually one of the more interesting projects for a decorator. Bathroom areas are often forgotten and tend to go undecorated. By bringing creative design elements from the dining room into the bathroom, you can create a space that blends with the restaurant, rather than giving customers the feeling that they left the building when they stepped into the restroom.

Decorating Styles

  • Decorate the restroom in clean lines for an Italian-style restaurant. Incorporate ceramic, marble, or travertine tiles from Italy to create a more luxurious appearance. Place potted plants, such as grapevines, along the ceiling line to drape down the walls.

  • Place mosaic tiling along the floor and walls in the restroom of a Spanish restaurant. Deep reds, browns and copper tones are prominent in Spanish design. Rustic wood trim and wrought iron mirror framing and statues also create an attractive Hacienda-style bathroom in the restaurant. Avoid stainless steel and shiny faucets, door knobs and wastebaskets; choose bronzed finishes instead.

  • Incorporate clean lined elements in a modern-style restaurant restroom. Include large black and white pieces for vanities, lavatories and wastebaskets. Shiny finishes in black, white and stainless steel are attractive finishes in a modern restroom. Use deep wood tones for accents such as towel trays, soap dishes and statues. Keep lighting bright and stylish in the space. Incorporate pops of bright color in the space for attractive accent pieces.

  • Create an Asian-style restroom by incorporating whites, deep reds and black. Install dark-colored flooring and work toward a lighter area as you go up the wall. Incorporate Feng Shui decor through statues and wall art. Use paper lanterns to light the space. Incorporate deep wooden structures for vanities and avoid stainless steel elements. Florals and koi fish are also attractive decoration elements in Asian design.

General Instructions

  • Paint the walls with high-gloss paints. Avoid adding a textured finish, as hundreds of people could touch the walls each day. Textured surfaces are much more difficult to clean than walls painted in high-gloss paint.

  • Nail any photographs or artwork directly to the wall. Some people live by the rule, "If it's not glued down, we can take it."

  • Hang art structures out of reach. Plants and statues should be placed high along the wall so people are not constantly touching them. Choose ceiling corners to hang small objects on corner shelving. Drape plants around the ceiling line around the room.

  • Place toiletries in lockable storage boxes. Store toilet paper, hand towels, soap and cleaning supplies in a locked metal or wood box inside the bathroom.

  • Place the garbage can close to the exit door. Customers will appreciate being able to open the door to exit while covering their hand with a paper towel.

  • Avoid cluttering countertops, as this will cause people to move plants, statues and pictures with wet hands and potentially damage the objects.

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