Restaurants are places of good times and great food. The best dining experiences take place in restaurants that are impeccably designed. When a restaurateur sets out to get their business just the right vibe through interior design, there are several different elements, which have to be considered.
One of the most important elements of good interior design, and particularly in restaurant interior design is the personality of the place. This is typically a combination of the owner’s personal vibe and that of the local community. The designer must consider how to seamlessly combine the personal flavor of the owner and the restaurant concept while considering what will be most appealing to the target audience.
When designing a restaurant interior, it is essential to select a color palette that is both captivating and appetizing. No one wants to eat in a really dark dingy looking place. It is a well-established scientific fact that color can affect our psychology. Clearly it is in the interest of the business for the colors to psychologically encourage patrons to eat and drink merrily. Things to consider include desired mood, type of food to be served, and the target audience.
This element includes the texture of the restaurant interior. Combining different textures can create contrast or harmony. You can encourage your audience to feel smooth and relaxed, or wild and rambunctious depending on the textures present in the environment. Textures manifest in pattern selection, wallpaper design, and in the furniture selected.
Harmony and Unity
Depending on the concept of the restaurant, the interior designer may want to increase or decrease the amount of harmony and unity present. These elements are created by combining similar design elements. That could mean similar textures, colors, or otherwise similar objects. The right balance of harmony and contrast is difficult to achieve. This is one of the most artsy portions of designing the interior of a restaurant.
Space is a huge factor in interior design. An incredibly beautifully designed interior which results in completely dysfunctional daily operation is quite problematic. To create the right effect, the space inside a restaurant must take into account the needs of the kitchen, storage, customer seating, and the mobility needs of both employees and customers. Each restaurant is distinct in the specifics of these needs.
In the restaurant business, it is essential to stay on track with one’s budget. To make a successful restaurant, business owners have to invest in a lot of money upfront and wait for the customers to start pouring in to cover the costs. This means that a good restaurant interior designer will stick to the allocated budget. This will affect the design in many important ways. A larger budget can allow for architectural redesign, entirely new furniture, and even significant changes in materials used for restaurant operation. A smaller budget may demand older furniture to be reworked, making architectural challenges functional, and more cosmetic and less substantive changes. These all factor into the changes which the interior designer determines to be best.
One of the important things to consider when designing an interior is the current and future trend in the market. Many current interior designers have made predictions based on observations about what the up and coming trends of restaurant interiors will be. Things such as upgraded furniture quality, more compact and completely open kitchen areas with more efficient machines, and an emphasis on locally grown foods have all made the list. Some restaurants are moving toward being friendlier for customers who choose to use their technology while eating. This establishments are looking to include easier access to outlets and charging stations. In addition, such restaurants will have places specifically for those who choose to put away the technology and comfortably relax. All of these different trends will help influence the choices that the interior designer will make.
All in all, a lot of the specific design choices will depend on the owner and target audience of the restaurant. It is important to capture both the concept and the customer appeal in order to successfully bring in the customers.