Your restaurant is a reflection of you, so you want to keep it looking it’s best. The interior of your place has a huge effect on whether you attract customers, so if it’s time to repaint, it’s important to do it right.
You’ll need to decide on a color first, which is often more difficult than it sounds. Here are a few things to consider before deciding on a color to paint your restaurant
1. Think about the vibe of your restaurant.
Every restaurant out there has it’s own unique atmosphere. Colors have more influence on the mood of a space than you might be aware. As you look over color samples and try to decide, think about the type of experience you want your diners to have. Warm colors create a different atmosphere than cool colors, for example, and the combination of colors that you choose will need to complement the others to create a cohesive space. Many paint stores, and even many times commercial painting contractors themselves, offer pre-selected color combinations that are put together by paint designers and have been proven to work well together. Ask your contractor about this if you’re completely at a loss of where to start with color selection
2. Think about the type of restaurant it is
There’s a huge difference between a quick service lunch spot, and a classically designed steakhouse. While bright, bold colors may work at the local hamburger joint, they probably would have a less than desirable effect at a high-end dinner and cocktails sort of place. If you own a small mom and pop type shop, you may want to consider shades of red, orange or yellow to attract attention from new customers who might be passing by. If your restaurant has a focus on health and wellness, colors found in nature, such as greens, blues, and browns can be a good choice. A more elegant setting may call for more soothing tones of gray or brown that allow the focus to remain on the food, artwork and decor. There is an incredible amount of info out there regarding color psychology that can help guide you in the right direction.
3. Think about the customers
Kid friendly and high traffic restaurants will want to consider how easy colors are to clean. White and other light colors will become dirty and dingy if children are constantly touching the walls with their hands. Consider a darker color, at least for the bottom half of the wall, in order to keep the space looking nice for a longer period of time. A restaurant that caters to a higher-end client base will likely benefit from darker, richer tones that render an elegant and classy atmosphere. You know your customers well, so you’ll be able to figure out what color they’ll appreciate both practically and aesthetically.
4. Think about coordinating the different spaces
When deciding on the color scheme for your restaurant, it’s not only the dining area that you will need to consider. You’ll also need to choose colors for the foyer and bathrooms that complement the main dining area. The kitchen might be a bit different, since customers don’t see it, and you can look at it more from a practical and cleaning standpoint. However, every area that customers enter often will need to be considered for its individual needs. When deciding on paint for the kitchen, for instance, you will need to choose a paint that is resistant to fire, heat, oil, and water damage. A light, bright color will help the the restaurant for that matter, feel open and spacious, while a darker color may lead to a cozier atmosphere.
Just as important as choosing the color is picking the right contractor to do the job. Make sure to reach out to a quality commercial painting contractor in your area for assistance. These professionals will have the experience and expertise to guide you through the process to ensure that your restaurant portrays the exact image that you are going for.