Although it might seem easy, a lot of time and effort needs to be poured into this project in order to make it look functional and appealing. To help you out, we’ve curated a list of things you’ll need to consider when you’re designing your own hospitality space – read on to find out what they are.
Proper division of space
The practicality of your hospitality space largely depends on how you organize it. By creating zones in your hospitality space, you’re sure to design a versatile space that accommodates your customers’ needs. It would be best if you’d introduce several types of furniture and vary its sizes. Consider adding tables in different heights – leaners are a great option for customers looking for a quick eat, while dining tables will accommodate customers who intend to stay longer, providing them with comfortable seating. Include some other seating alternatives such as built-in banquettes and booth seatings to create a cozy atmosphere in your hospitality space and elevate its look. Before you order any furniture, be sure to design the layout of your hospitality space to ensure you’re providing your customers with both privacy and comfort.
Flooring options for your outdoor space
The exterior design of the building is another factor that needs to be considered. It is the first thing your customers will see as they enter, so it’s important to make a good impression from the start. Think about different flooring options and choose the one that suits your needs. When designing outdoor spaces, natural stone pavers are one of the most popular flooring options for many cafe and restaurant owners. Their classic, timeless design, with its rustic look reminiscent of old England, will provide your outdoor space with an aura of sophistication. Its ability to fit in with any furniture style is just an added plus to the already great flooring option.
The lighting concept for your hospitality space
Lighting can help elevate the look of your space and improve its overall appeal. Having one main source of lighting will still make your space functional, but it just won’t look as good as it can. The light coming from a general layer of lighting (say, chandelier, recessed or pendant lights) will provide poor visibility and can create unappealing shadows. That is why it’s best to use several layers of lighting. Consider adding the second layer of lighting – task lighting. This layer can be incorporated through the use of under-cabinet lights. They are easy to install and will provide your workspaces with optimal brightness. The third and final layer of lighting is accent lighting. This is something you simply can’t do without. It is also called mood lighting, and for good reason, too. Candlelight and wall sconces will create a cozy atmosphere and influence your customers’ mood, as well as highlight architectural features and artwork.
Comfort comes first
The furniture you choose for your hospitality space plays an important role in how your customers perceive you. The higher the comfort levels of your tables and chairs, the longer your customers will stay, and the longer they stay, the more they will spend. Therefore, splurging on comfortable seating is an investment that will generate income in the long run, so you might as well save on other things and spend more on cozy chairs and corner benches. When designing your interior, ask yourself whether you want to maximize the seating capacity or focus on ambiance. Your choice will determine how many chairs and tables you’ll need to get to fully equip your space and make it functional.
The theme of your hospitality space
Not every restaurant or cafe has a theme, but having one can really help you distinguish your hospitality space from the competition. Themes are what makes the space unique and a great thing to build your brand around. Start by thinking about your target customer and what you want them to associate your space with. The name, the logo and the theme of your hospitality space should all be cohesive and thought through. Also, think about the style you’d like to implement – will it be retro or modern? What kind of music are you going to play? What colors should you use in your interior? Every tiny detail needs to be considered in order to create a space that will be attractive to your target customer.
Being your own hospitality space designer requires a lot of time and effort, but it is all worth it once you see the end result. Consider the factors above to ensure your space is designed in a way that is both functional and appealing.
About the author: Lilly Miller is a Sydney-based graphic designer and a passionate writer. Loves everything about home decor, art history and baking. Shares home with two loving dogs and a gecko named Rodney. You can find her on Twitter.
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