Pub Interior Design Ideas

Last Updated on 7 July 2023 by Editorial Team

Pub Interior Design Ideas

Pubs have been around for centuries, and their popularity has only grown in recent years, meaning that pub design ideas have also evolved in line with customer’s expectations. While the exterior of a pub is important, the interior is what really makes or breaks the place, so good interior pub design is essential in order to succeed.

A well-designed pub interior will make customers feel comfortable and at home, while a poorly designed one can make them feel uncomfortable and unwelcome.

In this article, we’ll take a look at some tips and ideas for designing and creating a modern pub interior that will impress your customers and keep them coming back for more.

Traditional Or Modern Pub Interior?

There are many traditional elements and ideas that you can incorporate into the interior design of a bar or pub.

Your pub interior can be decorated using a variety of different materials.

If you are going for a more traditional look, then you can use wood panelling, velvet curtains and old chandeliers.  The look of a traditional bar will be a good fit for pubs and bars that want to maintain their heritage.

If you are looking for a more modern and contemporary design, then you are be able to pick from a variety of different materials such as metal, concrete, engineered wood and acrylic.

You can use a variety of different types of lights, such as  fluorescent lights, pendant lights, chandeliers and linear lighting.

A modern interior pub design is more versatile than a traditional one and allows for more creative ideas.  You can add a variety of different finishes, such as marble, cherry wood, aluminum and granite.  You can also choose from a variety of different layouts, such as a traditional layout or a more contemporary open-plan layout.

Choosing The Right Look For Your Pub

An interior of a pub can be designed to look however you want, but it is important to be true to the overall look and feel of the pub when brainstorming ideas.

Is it an old building or new?  Do you want to keep the pub’s heritage or do you want to make a statement that you are a modern pub?  Do you want to make the pub look like a place where young people can go and have the time of their life?  Or would you rather have a more relaxed pub that caters to a more mature crowd?

If you want to keep the pub’s heritage and attract an older crowd, then you should choose an interior design that is similar to an old style pub.  If you want to make a statement or attract a younger crowd, then choose a design that is more modern.

Interiors can be more traditional or modern, but it’s important that they’re not too intense.  While many bars are now built around a central bar, it is still common to have separate areas.  A good option is to combine both a traditional bar and a modern and more open area. 

When looking at the design of a pub and coming up with ideas, it is usually better not to over complicate things. A bar or pub design which consists of just a few different elements is more likely to be cheaper to create. 

So It is a good idea to keep it simple so that you don’t end up spending more money on the interior design of the pub in the long-run.

interior design dockyard pub bar
This pub interior design features natural wood materials and modern lighting, creating a modern rustic feel.

Deciding On A Colour Scheme For Your Pub

Choice of colours are very important when it comes to good interior pub design.  You want to choose calming and relaxing colours that will boost people’s mood and create an inviting space.

A traditional colour scheme will usually consist of darker colours such as brown, black and grey combined with a few lighter colours such as white.

When you want to go for a more modern look, then you are free to choose any colour that you want and you don’t have to stick to a traditional colour scheme.  Make sure that you choose one or two main colours for the different elements of the pub, such as chairs, tables and even the floor.

If you have chosen to go for a modern look, the colour scheme can be either bright, or muted. There is no right or wrong answer, but a combination of both can be good.  However, when you do decide to go for a more modern colour scheme, it is best to avoid using too many bright colours.  Just be sure to choose colours that compliment each other.

If you choose a bright colour scheme, then you can use shades of yellow, orange and red.  If you choose a muted colour scheme, then you can use shades of grey, blue and green.  You can also choose to keep it super simple by using just one colour in different shades.

Deciding On A Theme For Your Pub

Once the decor has been decided upon, you will need to select a theme. This consists of the stuff which will be displayed on the walls, the menu, the bar and most importantly the bar stools, seating and furniture.  It is not a good idea to have too many themes.  Just pick one and stick with it.

You can of course not choose a specific theme and just have a generic theme if you wish.  A classic pub design will always work and attract a good variety of customers.  But if you really want your pub to stand out from your competitors, then you may decide on a specific theme for the interior design of your pub, which means being creative with your ideas.

If you are going for a more traditional pub design, then you can go for a country theme for example.  Coupled with a nice wooden bar and a few wooden stools, rustic furniture and natural fabrics, this will make your patrons feel like they are being transported back to the olden days.

Is your pub near the coast or seaside?  Then how about a nautical theme?  Or is your pub next to a railway station?  Then how about a railway/train theme?  These are just a couple of examples and ideas for your pub design.

If you are looking for a modern look, then you can go for a more neutral theme.  This will allow you to use a variety of different materials to create a modern and contemporary interior design for your pub.

Deciding on a theme will make it easier to create a cohesive look for the interior of the pub.


seating area dockyard pub
This interior pub design fuses traditional & modern with leather chesterfield seating, lots of natural wood and steel, creating a modern rustic theme.

Decorating The Bar

When choosing a material for decorating the bar, it is important to decide on which looks the best. For example, using wood for the bar top and the stools is a good option.

A bar made out of concrete with a wooden floor can also look good.  If you are using a metal bar, you can use the same material for the stools.

Of course, it all depends on the theme you have chosen and if going for a more traditional or modern look.

Adding a drawing room

A drawing room is a great addition to a pub or bar. It can be used as a meeting place and a place to relax. It can also be used for parties and similar functions.

The design of the room will be down to good pub interior design skills and imagination.

Choosing the right backdrop

A backdrop is an important element of a pub or bar’s interior design. Depending on the size of the room, you can use a backdrop that will make the room look larger or smaller.

You can use a backdrop that is simple or elaborate. You can also choose one that is neutral or one with a specific look.

Choosing the Right Pub Furniture

Next, select the right furniture.  The type of furniture that you choose to use in your bar or pub will depend on the overall design of the interior. 

It will also depend on the size of the pub and how many customers it can comfortably hold with regards to seating.  You’ll also need to bear in mind disabled access.

You can choose to use traditional wooden furniture or modern, sleek furniture. But remember, purchasing good quality furniture should be seen as an investment, so always buy the very best that you can afford.

If you are using traditional furniture, then you will be able to have wooden tables, wooden chairs and wooden bar stools.

If you are using modern furniture, then you can choose to have modern bar stools, bar tables and a modern bar counter using materials such as acrylics, granite, plastics, concrete, metal and more.

The key with the furniture you choose is that it has to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing. People can spend hours looking at a bar.  So It is important to choose the right look and feel. Interiors that are too dark or too bright can be off-putting.

All too often, the furniture is the last thing to be decided on in a pub interior design project. But a well-designed bar and pub interior will be of benefit to both the owner and to the patrons.

Need Help With The Interior Design Of Your Pub?

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