While food may be what a restaurant is known for, the décor has everything to do with how people feel when they walk in and dine there. Whether you’re going for a little cantina feel or something more elegant, every décor decision you make will have an impact on your guests. With that in mind, here are a few tips to help with your interior design.
Decide the Style First
Before you begin to look at décor ideas, pick a style. What do you want people to feel when they enter your restaurant? Should it be warm and homey? Or do you want something more stylish and modern? Is it to be quirky? Represent a specific country or food styling?
Answering these questions will help you narrow down what you’re looking for. From there, you can begin to come up with design plans that will be more specific and this can save you quite a lot of time.
Pick Your Colours and Textures
When you walk into a restaurant with brown leather seats and tiled tables with wood floors, you get a certain feel from it. It’s a very different feel than you get from space with red and yellow plastic seats and tables and a shiny tile floor. Every detail matters, so take the time to really pay attention to what you want your space to look and feel like.
Choose Your Lighting
Your food and atmosphere will be determined by the lighting in the restaurant, so this is a very important consideration. Take time to consider how the lights will affect each area of the restaurant. Brighter lights tend to take away the mystery and make a room feel colder, whereas dimmer, warmer lights bring a cosiness that can’t be ignored. Warmer lights will also tend to make your food look better, but brighter lights highlight the textures and colours.
Plan Your Layout
Restaurant interior design is more than just how the space looks, it’s also about how it functions. You need to consider the flow of guests and employees when designing the seating layout. Keep in mind that there will be some couples or single people coming in to eat and there needs to be space for them, rather than just tables for larger groups.
In fast-food restaurants, you can seat people closer because they won’t be there for long and most of them will pick their food up at the counter. However, in more elegant restaurants, you need to provide ample space for customers to have their private conversations.
The simplest way to ensure you have the perfect restaurant décor is to hire an interior designer who specialises in restaurants. They have the experience to take your dreams and make them a reality.
If you’re in need of an interior artist for your restaurant, contact Lewis Interiors to book your consultation.