Owning and operating a restaurant is not an easy task. I have an uncle who owns a seafood restaurant down the shore in New Jersey and it was a big change for him from the clam bar he had on the boardwalk. Before he even moved in and began operations, he had to think about his restaurant interior design and what he wanted the place to not only look like, but how it would reflect him. And then he had to make it actually happen.
When considering restaurant interior design for your own place, you need to take things step by step. The first thing you need to do for your restaurant interior design is develop a vision. Start with the basics. What theme do you want and how do you want it to appeal to your customers? What can you do with the space you have? Take a walk through and see what pops out at you, where you can visualize the bar, what kind of lighting you see on the ceiling or walls, what size and shape tables will work.
When thinking of the kitchen and bar, think about what is functional. You may be tempted to lean towards some cool, modern designs, but you have to pick something that is also easy to navigate for your employees and can be sure to get customers served in the most efficient way possible. Keep things pretty simple in these areas. The outside aesthetic of a bar can be unique, but make sure everything going on behind it is easy to understand.
Utilize your space but also work with it. A very large room can be sectioned off into tinier areas. You can turn a part of it into a private party room or use screens and sectional walls to create a more private, intimate dining experience for each group. If you have a place with high ceilings, accentuate that with grandiose accents and lighting. If you have a smaller space, use smaller furniture and use the right kind of colors and spacing to make it seem bigger.
Speaking of color, it’s important with restaurant interior design to capitalize on it. Different colors can illicit different moods, that is common knowledge. And it also can reflect the attitude of your place as well as the type of food you are providing. Spicy, fun foods might be served in a place where oranges and reds take precedent. Black or mauve may be your pick for a more sophisticated feel for a higher end restaurant.