Find out how restaurant design tips can help you cater to your target market and create a memorable impression for your customers.
The interior and exterior restaurant design says a lot about your restaurant. Your concept’s design should reflect your restaurant’s personality, brand and concept, creating a memorable impression for your customers. Even the most innovative restaurant needs a little ‘face-lift’ every now and then.
Here are 10 restaurant design tips that can help spruce up your restaurant and cater to the tastes of your target customer.
Every restaurant should have instant curb appeal. The best way to do this is to incorporate your restaurant’s brand and concept into its exterior design so that guests will get a feel for your brand before even walking through the door.
To ensure that your restaurant has curb appeal, well-lit areas, updated design elements and exterior and landscaping maintenance are essential. Always make sure that your restaurant’s name is displayed prominently out front because diners will only eat at the restaurants they can find
2. Paint polishes the place
White walls are plain and usually won’t emphasise your restaurant’s concept. For that matter, walls of any colour can become a little boring if you haven’t updated your restaurant’s look in years.
Paint can be an easy, quick and cheap way to update the colour palate of your restaurant. When budget is an issue, colour makes a bold statement at an affordable price.
3. A light approach
Choosing the right lighting levels is essential for your restaurant’s atmosphere. Different lighting levels can set different moods. While orange or yellow tones can create a warm environment, dim lighting or candles can create a romantic atmosphere. When implemented properly, lighting can even create dramatic effects that enhance both architectural and interior elements.
4. Fine-tune with features
If the inside of your restaurant seems to lack personality, adding unique features and small personal touches can help it achieve its own individuality. Try adding attention-grabbing finishes to walls, tabletops or floors to keep customers intrigued.
Another quick fix is to switch traditional light fixtures for updated ones. This is not only a quick way to create focal points, but will also create a more unique dining experience for customers, so that your brand is seen through the more subliminal cues and not just the blatant features.
5. Accentuate with artwork
Incorporating artwork, such as murals, mounted paintings, sculptures or mosaics can complement your restaurant’s overall design and colour schemes, while also supporting its brand personality.
6. Update with upholstery
Over time, booths will face brutal wear and tear, if they don’t become outdated first. Changing the upholstery or finishes on booths or chairs can be a quick way to update and freshen the visual appeal of your restaurant.
7. Developing an environment
Diners don’t eat out just for sustenance, they want to enjoy the whole dining experience. This can mean more than a great restaurant interior design. Rather than just appealing to customers through aesthetics, try to arouse all of their senses.
Acoustics, scent, visuals and touch can all be used to envelop customers in your brand. These elements can be implemented using music, fragrances, graphic design and flexible furnishings. When a design is approached holistically, it creates an environment that transcends the interior space.
8. Intimate interiors
Even if your restaurant occupies a very large space, it is possible to create an intimate environment for customers. Elements such as soft and low placement of lighting, rich colours and dark upholstery can create a more relaxed environment. Enclosed seating, such as booths, tables in nooks and seating clusters, creates a sense of intimacy in any space.
9. Adjustable accommodation
Your restaurant design should be able to easily accommodate a party of any size. Consider replacing round tables and booths with free-standing tables that can be configured and rearranged to quickly accommodate large or small parties.
Free-standing tables also make it easier to arrange the layout of your dining room. This can be another quick way to update an outdated restaurant design.
10. Organise your operations
Position service stations so that they are easily accessible to staff to increase efficiency. By placing service stations centrally and providing ample space between tables, your operations and service will run much more smoothly.
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