What’s the best design for your restaurant? Modern restaurant owners and designers are taking leaps of faith — and getting increasingly creative. One San Francisco establishment, for example, is making headlines before it even opens its doors. The “part gourmet tea house, part cat, and human oasis,” KitTea, is slated to open for business in spring, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Short of bringing in kittens to entertain diners, what can you do to make your restaurant stand out?
It’s All About Atmosphere
Architectural Digest sums it up nicely: “Dining out is rarely just about the food. The scene, the socializing, and the sense of a special event are equally important. When done right, a restaurant’s design enhances all of these elements. A simple meal seems that much more appetizing when paired with appealing furniture, luxurious finishes, and alluring lighting.”
Here are some elements to carefully consider when compiling restaurant interior designs:
- Dim or Bright Lighting?
Once again, some restaurants take the manipulation of lighting to an extreme. One London restaurant, Dans le Noir?, experiments with immersing diners and staff in complete darkness. The absence of light forces patrons to focus on dining experiences’ tastes, smells, and sounds, Woman’s Day explains. Restaurant interior design ideas, however, do not have to be that dramatic. A study published in Psychological Reports suggests diners are more likely to enjoy their meals in dim lighting. Restaurants with a view, however, may want to channel more modern restaurant design — with large, open windows and furnishings that will reflect or catch the light in interesting ways.
- Engaging Color Schemes
The best bar and restaurant designs use color to create symmetry and peak diners’ interest. Dimly lit interiors paired with dark woods look best with a color pop — usually deep red, chrome, and/or gold accents. Open restaurants with a lot of natural lighting, on the other hand, go best with cool colors, like shades of blue.