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More often than never people get tired of the same old looks of the places they go to eat, grab some drinks or listen to gigs. Owning a restaurant is a big responsibility, especially the part where you have to learn to listen to your guts and realize when is the right time for a change.
If you are looking to make a change to your restaurants interior you’ve come to the right place. Scroll through to learn simple tips and tricks that will help you with a successful restaurant remodel and give it a fresh new look.
Listen to suggestions and comments, gather opinions
The best way to start the whole renovation process is to find out what your customers have to say because they are the most valuable resource of information. Ask for their opinion and gather information through social media. It will help you improve the interior in the most functional way.
Pay attention to comments regarding the atmosphere in the restaurant because if you like something it doesn’t mean that everybody else does too. Some people, for example, don’t feel comfortable eating in the dim light, or if the color of the walls is just too much (as in all walls painted royal blue). Make small notes, compare and contrast opinions, include family and friends and think about the way to intertwine and include most of the suggestions during the renovation.
Also, you can request some feedback through comment cards, email campaigns, suggestion boxes, etc. to learn about your customers’ thoughts of your restaurants interior.
Replace the flooring
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If you’re all about the rustic meets vintage look and you want your restaurant to keep that shabby interior style, then simply let the floors get weathered and worn out naturally. That is the only exception (when it comes to the look of the floors) that is acceptable in a restaurant. In any other case, you should replace worn out flooring every couple of years and pay attention to the maintenance so that they keep that fresh, new look for as long as it is possible. Choose materials that are low maintenance and patterned/textured to hide the accidental spills and stains easier. Choose natural cleft slate or acrylic-infused engineered hardwood floors that are long-lasting and suit almost every interior design.
Install various lights to achieve the perfect atmosphere
One of the essential elements that create a specific vibe in a restaurant that attracts more customers is proper lighting. You should always do your lighting installation in layers so that you have more control of the light in different parts of a day. Invest in quality curtains, awnings, and blinds to keep the atmosphere intimate and hidden away from the curious eyes.
Australian based interior designers explain that commercial blinds in Sydney gain popularity in the past couple of years and that nowadays it is almost unimaginable to design the interior of any commercial building without installing blinds, curtains or awnings since they help create the atmosphere.
Play with various lights – spot lights and floor lights to define the space, hang pendants above tables for more intimate atmosphere, use accent lights to highlight artworks, the bar or anything you want to emphasize. Make sure that you can control the brightness of each light so that you can create a just perfect atmosphere in the restaurant.
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Give your exterior a fresh new look
Refresh the exterior to make your restaurant more noticeable and appealing. The exterior is the first thing that actually attracts guests and the first thing that will draw them to enter and try out something new. That first impression is what leaves a lasting impact and it affects the way people perceive your brand. That is why you want the exterior to represent your restaurant and the quality of food and service – to look fresh, new and compatible with the updated interior.
Think about the colors and their effect
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The color of the facade is very important. You want something that will make your restaurant stand out among many others and yet nothing too extravagant or eccentric. The color should increase your brand recognition so choose wisely and avoid repainting the facade very often because it will make customers confused. Match the color of the exterior with your brand color or the dominant color from the indoors. You should avoid coloring the complete facade in one shade, it is better to add simple colorful details or intertwine brand colors using same shade chairs, tables, decorative items or flowers, etc.).
At the end
Follow these simple tips and tricks to make a perfect plan for the renovation process. Keep in mind that it is important to gather the opinions, suggestions, critics, comments and build your plan from there. Consult with experts when it comes to light installation, the functionality of layout, and all the other setups to find the most functional way to renovate the place.
Hannah Thomas is an expert in business innovation and management with a love for writing. She is always eager to learn new things and to share the knowledge she acquired along the way.