Some people may find having to decorate any small area to be quite a challenging task, especially if we’re talking about decorating a small restaurant. However, the fact of the matter is that the décor you wish to create will be as limited as your imagination.
What this means is that if you have a clear picture in mind of what you wish to create, no space will be too big or too small to enable you to do so. But the key takeaway here is that you need to know what you want, first. That being said, here are some interesting ways you can make your small restaurant shine with style with some clever designing tricks.
Use colors to your advantage
The easiest and the most cost-effective way you can breathe some life into your small restaurant is by treating it with a fresh coat of paint. Also, if you want to manipulate the space visually and make it appear larger, you should paint the walls in light, cooler hues such as blue, green or even gray. This will create an illusion of a bigger, wider space and make your restaurant feel less crowded.
Don’t focus your efforts solely on walls
Furthermore, you can additionally visually expand the space with a smart use of area rugs. By placing an interesting area rug underneath each table, you will visually divide the space into different dining zones, which will not only make it appear much roomier, but it will also enable easier traffic. You can even choose patterned area rugs in the color of your walls and create the perfect balanced contrast between the rugs and the rest of the floors.
Make your plates reflect your décor
Additionally, you can take the design of your small restaurant even further and have your plates, or rather the food your serve, mimic your interior design to a certain extent. For instance, if you’ve decided to go with a modern-rustic vibe in your restaurant, make sure you find plates and dinnerware that perfectly reflect this style. Also, find non-traditional ways to serve food, to add another layer of interest to it. For instance, you can serve soup in mason jars or serve French fries in a tiny metal bucket.
Get creative with storage
Since storage is one of the biggest struggles in small spaces, you should definitely get creative with it. Not only does creative storage add style to function but it will also work as a beautiful design element in your restaurant. For instance, you can hand a ladder on your wall and use it to store menus or you can get an open shelf wine rack and use it as both storage and wall décor. Simply put, you can find various interesting objects whose main purpose is not storage and turn them into interesting storage solutions for your restaurant that will serve both the purpose of functionality and style.
Make it bright but not too much
The lighting plays a huge role in any setting, especially if we’re talking about restaurants. According to a study published in The Journal of Marketing Research, diners who were sitting in rooms with dimmed lighting ordered more calories than the ones sitting in bright rooms. That’s why you should definitely make your restaurant illuminated enough to enable seamless traffic and dining experience, but not too bright so that people can feel more comfortable while eating. Design-wise, you can either opt for interesting overhead lights and strategically place them throughout your restaurant or you can choose to illuminate each table individually with task lighting.
Therefore, you – in fact – can create a beautiful interior space in your restaurant no matter its size. The trick is to know exactly what you want to achieve with your design and not be afraid to go for it. The size of the space won’t really matter much if you manage to create a look you’re absolutely satisfied with.