Believe it or not, in other cities around the world, hotels and restaurants aren’t always known for their exciting decor. But this is Austin, a city in a class by itself. Instead of the bland industrial elements you usually find in commercial interior design, Austin’s restaurants, boutiques, and hotels are brimming with originality. Here, rustic chic blends seamlessly with modern edge. Farmhouse style sits harmoniously next to sophisticated luxury—and everything has just a pinch of that Austin je ne sais quoi.
It’s a really exciting time to be a commercial designer. Retailers and other businesses are finally ditching the industrial, big-box-type interiors for curated personalized designs—and frankly, I couldn’t be happier. Beautiful, thoughtful spaces make working and shopping a lot more fun, and as an interior designer, I do a lot of both. Here are a few of the best commercial interior design trends making waves this year.