Direct Imports By Liteco

LITECO can offer quality building materials and joinery from overseas for your projects if required.

For larger projects and times allowed, LITECO can significantly reduce construction costs by organising direct imports of building materials such as custom made furniture and joinery from China. This results in huge savings for our clients and brings a distinctive edge to our business.

LITECO have a network of reputable suppliers and contractors in China which service top class clients such as the Shangri-la Hotels in Asia and the Armani Brands.We aim to supply our clients with unique and feature products at affordable prices and ensuring quality at every step from manufacturing to installation.


3 Jul 2023

Restaurant Ceiling Inspiration: Elevate Your Restaurant Fitout Design


When it comes to creating a memorable dining experience, every detail counts.

And one often overlooked detail is the restaurant ceiling. The ceiling can set the tone for the entire space, creating a sense of ambiance and adding to the overall aesthetic. From intricate designs to unique materials, restaurant ceilings have the power to elevate the dining experience and leave a lasting impression on customers.

So, let’s checkout some unique ceiling designs from around the world and take your restaurant fitout project to the next level!

Create a Dramatic Effect with a Statement Ceiling.

If you want to make a bold statement with your restaurant fitout design, consider creating a dramatic effect with a statement ceiling. A statement ceiling can instantly elevate the ambiance of your restaurant and leave a lasting impression on your customers. There are many ways to achieve a dramatic effect with your ceiling design. Check out The Ikibana Restaurant in Barcelona, with a wooden interlaced statement ceiling.


Ikibana Restaurant

Another example of a statement ceiling is Liteco Project’s restaurant fitout for Steam King. Here, fabric hangs from the ceiling, creating intimacy and interest,

Incorporate Unique Lighting Fixtures.

One way to enhance your restaurant fitout design is to incorporate unique lighting fixtures into your ceiling design. Lighting can greatly impact the ambiance of a space and can create a memorable dining experience for your customers. Consider using statement pendant lights, chandeliers, or even custom-designed fixtures to add a touch of elegance and uniqueness to your restaurant’s ceiling. Whether you want to create a romantic and intimate atmosphere or a vibrant and energetic vibe, the right lighting fixtures can help you achieve your desired ambiance.

Check out Liteco Projects use of lights in their fitout for Toastie in Sydney – adding a touch of fun to the ceiling.


Add Greenery to your Ceiling.

Adding a touch of green has become a huge trend in interior design and adding greenery to your ceiling takes this one step further. Check out Liteco Projects use of greenery in the ceiling in the Sambandha restaurant in Auburn, Sydney.

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Make the most of a false ceiling.

A false ceiling is an essential element in any interior design. It is helpful for soundproofing, hiding wires and pipes and is safety against fire and for thermal insulation. But it can also be used a design feature.

Check out the ceiling of Costa Navarino in Greece, The Barbouni beach bar restaurant’s canopy ceiling has become ubiquitous on Instagram, largely due to their ceiling. When the wind blows the the roof whistles and moves in the breeze, a feature designed to reflect the surroundings.

Design by K-Studio | Photograph by Yiorgos Kordakis

Incorporating Cultural Elements in Restaurant Ceilings.

You can use bold colours or patterns, install unique lighting fixtures, or incorporate architectural elements such as exposed beams or vaulted ceilings. The key is to choose a design that complements the overall theme and style of your restaurant while also creating a visually stunning focal point.

A good example of incorporating cultural elements into a restaurant ceiling is seen in The Noodle Rack, a noodle venue in Changsha, a major city in south-central China. This is the first restaurant of a chain to be expanded across China and the design team wanted to create a strong identity by recreating an oversized noodle rack for the The Noodle Rack’s centrepiece.


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The design studio integrated the tradition of noodle making in its design, by ingeniously recreating an oversized noodle rack for the The Noodle Rack’s centrepiece.

Another example of cultural elements is the ceiling in The Pakta restaurant in Barcelona. The restaurant offers a fusion of Japanese-Peruvian cuisine – and this theme is extended with references to traditional wooden Peruvian looms in the ceiling and walls.

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Project by El Equipo Creativo.

Whether you’re going for a modern, industrial look or a more traditional, elegant atmosphere, a statement ceiling can add that wow factor to your restaurant fitout design.

Contact Liteco Projects

If you are planning on reworking your space, contact Liteco Projects Sydney. We can offer inspiration and advice for your restaurant fitout, whatever direction you are considering.


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2023 Interior Design Trends for your Commercial Fitout

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As we zoom through 2023, there are many interior design trends that are coming to the fore. Whether you are thinking of a cafe fitout, an office refurbishment or a restaurant make-over, Liteco Projects Sydney, can help you incorporate these new elements into your space or inspire you to explore new directions.

Trend One: Maximalism

Minimalism has been a popular trend for many years now. We are all familiar with simple, uncluttered spaces, interiors with clean lines, bare essentials, pared back colours and monochromatic palettes.


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However, in recent years there has been a shift towards the opposite of minimalism – maximalism. Maximalism is rich, eclectic and above all, confident.

It is defined by bold colours and patterns, mixing up a range of colours, textures and objects and firmly rooted in a “more-is-more” philosophy.

This style works well in restaurant and cafe fitouts allowing a venue to be individual and ooze personality. The space created can be playful and fun, with bold pops of colour and a quirky sense of humour.

As Penny Craswell writes in The Design Writer:

“Maximalist interiors and designs offer the designer to get really creative – to explore play and to indulge in an orgy of extremes”.

Trend Two: Retro-Inspired Design

Retro is certainly IN in interior design and fitouts in 2023, with nostalgia making a huge comeback.

When you talk of retro interior design, it is often the influence of trends followed in the 1950s to the 1970s with a focus on bold colors, geometric patterns and retro-inspired furniture.

Bright coloured walls, pendant lights, wall paneling, large paintings chequered b & w patterns on carpets and cushions, and hints of yellow are all elements to consider.

If these elements are incorporated into a cafe fit out or a restaurant refurbishment, they can add a sense of nostalgic playfulness to your space.

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Trend Three: Botantical-Inspired interiors

Bringing the outside in with nature inspired interiors this trend was seen in 2022 and continues strongly in 2023. The fundamental belief is that incorporating nature into your interiors promotes harmony.

Nature inspired interiors take their cue from “biophilic design” – a concept that encourages a closer connection between humans and nature when creating interior spaces.

Integrating natural elements in your cafe, restaurant or office fitout, will bring a sense of calm to your space, creating a connection to the outdoors and improve the quality of life. Think organic textures, earthy tones, and natural materials such as wood, stone, and rattan.


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Trend Four: Statement Ceilings

We have all heard of statement walls and floors, but statement ceilings are not so common. Think of it as a fifth wall, a blank canvas, offers a wealth of design opportunities – whether it be bold colours, intricate patterns, or unique textures.


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In 2023, ceilings are definitely taking center stage and reaching new heights!.

This new trend can add a sense of drama to your cafe fitout or restaurant refurbishment – creating a conversation piece or buzz in your space.

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Statement ceiling in restaurant 53 by ICrave.

Trend Five: Artisanal Details

Another major trend seen in 2023 is handcrafted and artisanal details.

This can be anything from including woven textiles and handmade pottery in your space or adding unique sculptures or individual art pieces. These details not only allow your business to support small businesses and local artisans but they also add character and personality to your space.

Contact Liteco Projects

If you are planning on reworking your space, contact Liteco Projects Sydney. We can offer inspiration and advice for your business fitout, whatever direction you are considering.

Talk to Liteco Projects about your next commercial fitout.
Contact us on 02 8068 1755

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20 Apr 2023

How will you use Pantone Colour of the Year in your commercial fitouts?

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Every December, the world’s leading colour authority, Pantone, announces a colour that they feel best encapsulates the mood of the coming year.


The Colour of the Year for 2023 is Viva Magenta a hot pink. Pantone describes this as a powerful and empowering colour, “an unconventional red for an unconventional time”.

“Viva Magenta is brave and fearless, and a pulsating color whose exuberance promotes a joyous and optimistic celebration …”

Viva Magenta 18-1750 is a colour that is rooted in nature – and comes from the red family.

Leatrice Eiseman, CEO of Pantone, says that in this age of technology, we look more to nature to keep a handle on what is real.

“Inspired by the red of cochineal, one of the most precious dyes belonging to the natural dye family, as well as one of the strongest and brightest the world has ever known.”

It is not surprising that after several years focused on neutral palettes, interior designers are gravitating towards colour-drenched walls and cabinetry – and Viva Magenta could be an indication of bold colours that are on their way.

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So how will this bold, bright colour be used in commercial fitouts??

Here are 5 suggestions on how this Pantone Colour of the Year could be used in in commercial interior fitouts, whether it be an office fitout, a cafe fitout or a restaurant fitout.

1. Use Viva Magenta as a pop of colour

One of the easiest ways to incorporate Viva Magenta into your space is to use it as an accent colour or a pop of colour.


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Viva Magenta is a bold colour but it can be incorporated into interior commercial fitouts in multiple ways.

For a bold statement you can go for a magenta feature wall, but it can also be added as a pop of colour through smaller details, for example, curtains or rugs, or even just magenta flowers. This will add a warm, yet dramatic touch to any interior.

If it is used sparingly, in small doses, Viva Magenta will add a pop of energy to an otherwise neutral space. These splashes of this colour will definitely lift any space.

2. Use Viva Magenta with earthy tones or neutrals

Viva Magenta is a strong colour so you can soften it by pairing it with muted earthy hues like sandy beige and cinnamon brown.

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Bold, vibrant colours aren’t for everyone and a lot of people gravitate towards the calming properties of a neutral palette.

However, if you want to make a foray into using bolder colours, you will be delighted to know that Viva Magenta pairs beautifully with these natural, paler shades.

If you put it against crisp white, it really comes to life, and if paired with grey it creates a great, contemporary feel. With the right tone of pale pink it becomes soft and romantic, and earthy sands really bring out the red.

So you do not need to ditch the neutral or earthy colours, just pair them with Viva Magenta.

3. Spice up a restaurant fitout with a dash of Viva Magenta

Restaurants are the perfect place to experiment with Viva Magenta.


Do not be afraid to use Viva Magenta in your restaurant designs. Add warm tones of lively green plants, add magenta-coloured seats and table décor and amp up the whole restaurant theme.

To add design depth, indulge in soft rugs made of wool and silk. Add touches of Viva Magenta with such things as salt and pepper shakers on the table. Minute details in this colour will enhance the restaurant’s design theme.

4. Experiment with textures

Viva Magenta is a shade that also lends itself beautifully to textures.


Using different textures to add depth and interest to a space has been a rising practice over the past few years.

Use Viva Magenta in velvet to create the feeling of ultimate indulgence, in wool for vibrant cosiness, or even in coloured glass for a beautiful rosy glow.

5. Use it to highlight key areas

Think outside the box

Another way to incorporate Viva Magenta into your office or shop fitout is to use it to highlight key areas or features.

For example, you could use Viva Magenta signage or lighting to draw attention to your company logo or product displays. This will help create a sense of energy and excitement in your space, and make it more memorable for customers.


Talk to Liteco Projects about your next commercial fitout.
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5 Dec 2022

A Definitive Guide to a Successful Restaurant or Café business Fit-Out (Part Two)


In Part One of our Definitive Guide to a Successful Restaurant or Café business Fit-Out we learnt about:

  1. Creating a Business Plan (& sticking to it)
  2. Setting a Budget (but not skimping on the kitchen)
  3. Location, Location, Location
  4. Hiring a Fit-out Company
  5. Design Dreams (plus practicalities)

In Part Two we will look at:

  1. Timelines (plan, plan and plan again)
  2. Marketing (shout about it)
  3. Staff (hire well)
  4. Open (soft launch)
  5. Repeat (eat, sleep, repeat)

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6. Timelines

Plan, plan and plan again:

Keeping on track, sticking to your timeline, can be one of the hardest things – that is why it is important to make sure the deadlines you set are realistic.

As a starting point, refer to your business plan and ascertain when your business needs to be operational to maximise your revenue streams.

A good fitout company will help you manage your timescales and especially when to purchase your key items, such as furniture and equipment.


7. Marketing

Shout about it

You need to let the world know your plans – you are about to open the doors to your dream business so you need to start creating hype as soon as possible.

Create a website and start gaining a database of interested customers, get them excited with updates and countdowns. Use social media platforms (Facebook, instagram) – there is no reason why you can’t build an online following and loyal customer base before you’ve even opened.

If online isn’t your thing (or even if it is!), bring the focus to your restaurant or cafe shop with window graphics promoting the business – even create a gorilla marketing campaign in the area.

There are many options to build intrigue ready for the big reveal.


8. Staff

Recruit well

Customer service is invaluable, so recruit early and recruit well.

With your staff, you will need to find the perfect balance between emotional skill and technical skill (51% personality against 49% technical ability).

Make sure you leave yourself enough time to do recruit properly as a quick fix can sometimes bring with it long-term issues – so plan, hold onto your nerve and know the right people are out there!


8. Open

Soft launch

Before your grand opening to the public – have a trial run.

Invite a restricted audience and to test how your business operates.

As well as family and friends, you need to invite those who will be more critical – so invite a cross section of people you don’t know.

You need honest feedback (not a party!) – you need to know what’s working and what needs improving.

10. Repeat

Eat, sleep, repeat

You did it.

The doors to your business are finally open.

Now, the hard work begins!

Once open it is critical that you maintain consistency and quality.

By all means listen to customers and employees via comment cards but keep it simple with a couple of questions such as “What did you enjoy?” and “What could we do better?”.


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