Restaurants for designers are multi-functional spaces for interior designers. When you think from a design perspective, there are many different needs that one needs to attend to and take care. Starting from the ambience, hygiene, kitchen area, restrooms, the list goes on. To help you tackle the essential aspects of a restaurant design layout, we list the top 10 below:
The ambience of a restaurant is its USP, hence be extremely careful of what your client wants here. The atmosphere you create inside and outside of a restaurant will go a long way in deciding the footfalls. Use of colours, a cohesive theme, styling, layout all this and much more collectively will help you
Your client will certainly have a theme or a rough idea of how they want the look of the restaurant to turn out. Most of the times this is guided by the cuisine that’s being served. This space revolves around the food, so remember always to give your design the cuisine and flavour touch. For instance, if you have an Indian restaurant, your colours and decor will reflect the variety and grandness of the culture and food.
3. The kitchen
A restaurant is as good as the food it serves. Thus designing the backbone of it is crucial. Professional kitchens generate a high amount of smoke and constant usage. Hence paying attention to ventilation, efficient counters, non-slippery floors are a must.
Guests are greeted first at this area, this is also the space that has a lot going on. Bill generation, table bookings etc. There needs to be a pleasant and calm atmosphere around this area. Something that will make the guests feel welcomed and also leave on a positive thought. Minimal decor, clutter-free work area and a cosy seating arrangement (if the space permits) can make a lasting impact. The “less is more” approach works brilliantly here.
Restrooms get a lot of traffic in restaurants. This space is essential and demands high-level hygiene at all times. Stick to the basic layouts here and easy-to-clean tiles and accessories. You can, however, be playful with mirror styling, wall textures and lighting. Answering nature’s call or makeup touch-ups the restrooms need to serve the purpose and also easy to maintain.
Customers spend the maximum amount of time here, so this area needs to be given prime importance. The height of the tables and chairs need to be of standard proportions, also consider special needs like a baby seat, good legroom etc. Depending upon the ambience you can decide the furniture, from fluffy sofas to elegant chairs, delicate glass tables or sturdy wood, the options to play around are plenty.
7. Decor and styling
From foodgram pictures to perfect selfies, all this and many more memories get captured at restaurants. So why not make them look like a million bucks? Styling doesn’t necessarily mean cluttering items; you can be as minimal as possible yet find ample avenues to bring out creativity. From soft furnishings, cutlery, light fixtures, table setting, there’s a lot where attention to details will be rewarded.
8. Marry the brief with the final outcome
Unless your project delivers on your client’s expectations, it isn’t fully complete. Take notes from the initial stages, there can be changes and iterations in the plan as the actual work progresses and implementation begins. But better safe than sorry, always keep the client informed of what is happening on the site, so they are well aware.
9. Chart deadlines
In any project you do, deadlines are dear. When it’s crucial business properties, your deadlines become even more important as many other factors depend on the completion of your work. There are multiple teams working parallelly with you to deliver the final product; hence it is extremely necessary to have set in the right expectations and meet them too.
10. Leave your mark
Every restaurant you do will be different but always remember to add in your signature touch to it. Whether your style is vintage, victorian or Ethnic, try to blend it with your design, and you will surely achieve astonishing results. The job of a designer, after all, is creating multiple pieces of art but having his own self reflect in each one of them.