Especially since the pandemic, changing your restaurant themes according to the recent trends has hit a pause. Restaurant and other hospitality sectors are becoming flexible with the changing times and have incorporated a bunch of ways to keep their business alive and in that spirit, budget-friendly interior designs in restaurants will help you get by just fine.
So how do you get by with the bank-breaking interior curation in your restaurants and still make it a classy and sophisticated interior?
We are here to help you! Choosing interiors that will remain timeless and long-lasting is a start. Plan the whole interior and decide on what are the things you would need for a longer time than others and how will you manage all of that in your decided budget, looking for sustainable alternatives is not expensive, as the myth goes around. Sustainable and reclaimed furniture allows you to reinvent a piece in a sustainable and pocket-friendly manner.
However, furniture is not the only thing that makes a restaurant inviting and appealing there are a number of ways that you can curate the restaurant interiors on a budget with the below-given points of inspiration:
BRING OUTSIDE IN
Copying from the best of the best, bringing in components of nature around and into the interiors is a fresh start to interior design. From younger to older generation, if there is one thing that they have in common is a lively and peaceful place that they can spend their time in. Rustica and calm interiors are more in focus with this year's trends, making the surroundings as comfortable and serene as possible.
Bring in nature, plants, green designs in the form of biophilic designs, add a splash of earthy tones on the walls, curate all of these with different, comfortable seating zones for different purposes. Why make Restaurants just a dining place when they can have much more purposeful uses. Make the space a reading cafe in an open space covered by greenery and then back to dining at night.
THE LOCAL ARTISTRY
Many people think that making a successful restaurant business is by investing in expensive interior designers that can jazz up the space into something that is luxurious and grand. However, with the changing times, people are more leaning towards a homely and safe experience than going to an expensive place that has no sense of ease. Going to restaurants and cafes is a whole social experience itself, now more than ever, interiors that are welcoming to a larger audience is potent.
Interiors can be uplifted by hiring local artists to create walls with graffiti and other art forms that allow the people to look at something different and cool and make your interiors eccentric on a budget. You can very well incorporate the local materials that are found in your locality and celebrate your culture and place with something that people have in common, from tiles to pottery.
FOCUS ON EFFECTIVE AND MINIMALISTIC SETTING
Minimalistic interiors are trying to focus on well-spaced and curated interiors that don't look too empty but at the same time take minimal efforts to curate and maintain. The idea is to make inexpensive and welcoming restaurants and try to eliminate everything that has little significance and purpose.
Start with decluttering the space, replace bulky and big furniture with minimalist chairs and sleek tables, allow movement in the restaurant, make different levels, using the vertical space for seating and different settings, The scheme of design should not be too complicated as less is more, it should look elegant and with softer colour palettes that lift the mood of the customers. You can utilise sustainable and long-lasting materials like jute, rattan, wicker, wool, reclaimed wood to make beautiful magnum opus and furniture that adds lots of colourful textures and depth to the space.
AESTHETICS WITH LIGHTING
Lighting is probably one of the cheaper and more effective additions to the interiors that can set in wonderful aesthetics depending upon the fashion it has been placed and the hues of light it reflects over the place. The aesthetics of a place can be defined a lot more nicely when there are different types of lighting that also plays well into the psychology of the customer behaviour.
Dim, warm-tinted lights create a relaxing, laid-back environment, which is perfect for cafes and since bright lights are known to stimulate hunger, so fast food restaurants always go for this kind of setup. Thus depending upon what kind of place you have and what kind of food you serve, you can pick a lighting setup.
You can swing from ambient light in the main area to task lights and accent lights that can curate a different zone into the place.
KEEPING IN MIND THE TEXTURES
An intermix of textures and colours can add up to the vibrancy of the place. Incorporate various textures and dont skip on experimenting. You can effectively chose a layout and go overboard with it. Incorporate softer and hard textures together. For example, for an industrial-chic interior, you can go for handwoven materials of carpets and rugs that can make the place cosier and warm. Make a harmony of various materials in use like woollen knits, textiles for upholstery and wall hangings, layering up the place with rugs placed over the flooring.
Incorporate reclaimed wooden tables, concrete, copper fixtures, marble benchtops, intricate iron bars, crisp white shelves and shaggy pillows. unexpected hues, bold patterns, colourful motifs and more. geometrical patterns, graphical or floral prints, and any other piece of art or crafts that give a bistro charm to the space. You can also opt for local handloom fabric for the upholstery or local paintings for a more individualistic approach.
WELL PANNED LAYOUT
A good thing about well-curated and planned out space is that it will never go out of style. The breakfast cabins of 80’s Hollywood style interiors are always beloved by the folks there due to the well preserved private booths and well thought out upholstery that almost makes it a treasure in restaurant interiors.
Define your place with a theme and always curate it accordingly. Well, planned places leave space for heavy traffic, doesn't confuse the crowd and makes sense of the interiors with an aesthetic play. Seating and layout are vital for the functionality of the place. Open the doors to your imagination with soo many technological advancements, create digital waiting booths and order placements, design spacing with social distancing norms, make a communal space where people altogether can sit cautiously, curate an outdoor space for more early customers.
A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION
While talking about interiors, an often underrated area of curation is your exterior. The entrance to your restaurant should be as appealing as the interiors. It is the first thing that makes an impression on the customers and can be created beautifully without breaking your bank. Think about metal cladding to the exteriors of the wall that can protect the building and create a modernistic industrial-chic setting, or create a more European background with plant ivy and a garden display with lots of greenery, take a few steps ahead and install a chalkboard of menu and seating arrangements for the guests that want to see the acuity view while dining.
In general, an entrance to the place can have vibrant colours through wall art or an eclectic splash of paint to make it look appealing …on a budget.