Why Interior Design is Important for Restaurants
When thinking of a restaurant you often synchronously think of the menu. Is the food, however, enough to create repeat business from a customer? While some will argue yes, the majority will know that there is more to the dining experience than the food. It's also the interior design of the restaurant that influences repeat customers. In this article we'll explore what it is about the design of full service restaurants that can make or break your dining experience.
Despite only being in the entrance for (ideally) a few moments, it's arguably one of the most important areas to design. This is because it gives your guests the first impression of your establishment and you only have approximately 2-3 mins for them to form their opinion.
When it comes to the entrance, consideration of the door and door handles is critical. You don't want your guests to struggle to get into your restaurant and you certainly don't want them to become annoyed with the level of effort they'd need to exert to get in.
You also want to consider how they will feel while approaching the entrance. For example, if you are in an area that is susceptible to heavy rainfalls, then installing a canopy above your entrance can help to ensure that guests are kept dry while waiting to get inside.
Whether you're looking to add planters to your entrance, create an enticing border of plants for your patio, or install a green wall - plants are not only relaxing to guests, but also help with stabilizing the humidity and temperature of the building.
For guidance on choosing a plant wall, read our article Selecting a Green Wall For Your Residential or Commercial Project.
When it comes to selecting lighting, there are numerous options for installation available. Some restaurants choose to have overhead lights at every table, some like to have more sporadic lighting that casts a dim light across numerous tables, and others like to offer candles at the table for a more intimately lit atmosphere. Regardless of the type of lights chosen, it's important to remember that lighting at a restaurant plays an integral role in creating a relaxing atmosphere for guests.
Lighting also offers the restaurant chance to reaffirm its personality. So when selecting lighting fixtures, you want to ensure that you choose styles that flow with the rest of your design choices.
Ultimately, when choosing the lights for your restaurant, it's important to create a lighting plan. This means taking into consideration the various lighting levels needed to make the space work harmoniously for customers and staff.
Since restaurants are susceptible to smoke, odours, steam, and high heat, it's imperative that a proper ventilation system is in place to maintain the safety of customers, staff, and food sanitation. Proper ventilation also helps to reduce the temperature, remove grease, and reduce costs. When it comes to selecting ventilation equipment consider hoods, exhaust fans, makeup air systems and fire suppression systems.
The furniture at a restaurant acts as the precedence for the attitude towards the rest of the service. If guests are uncomfortable while waiting for their food to arrive, then chances are that is the last time they will ever be waiting for your food.
When it comes to selecting furniture, you should consider three aspects:
When it comes to selecting the furniture for your restaurant, space is often of utmost concern. You want to ensure that staff and customers can easily navigate throughout your restaurant without bumping into others. For this reason, typically rectangular tables and/or booths are chosen as they conserve space and maximize the amount of guests able to dine at the establishment. They may not be as conducive to conversation as round tables, but they can easily accommodate larger parties which makes them highly beneficial.
Typically restaurants offer a combination of anchored and portable seating.
When it comes to selecting the type of furniture, you want to make sure that it is not only comfortable but also easily sanitized.
Whether you choose plush furniture or hard back chairs, when it comes to choosing the interior design elements that build a restaurant, it's important to always consider the comfort level of the guest. You also need to always be mindful of the details that make up the atmosphere such as the lighting, the first impression at the entrance, and the harmony of your thematic elements. If you consider all of these interior design tips while creating your restaurant, you'll not only have a restaurant that guests enjoy but also one that they'll prefer.