It’s hard to find a good cup of coffee, let alone an inviting and cozy cafe. Here are some tips on how to create the perfect atmosphere for you and your customers.
There are many different ways to design your cafe. You can go with a more modern and sleek look, or you can opt for the old-fashioned diner feel. Regardless of which style you choose, there are some things that all cafes have in common: they’re usually designed to make people feel comfortable and want to keep coming back. Below is a list of steps you should take when designing your cafe’s interior so it has an inviting tone.
These ideas will help give their business a cozy feeling that encourages repeat visitors
Choose a color scheme that will match the cafe’s atmosphere
What colours in your suggest warmth and coziness?
Warm colors such as red and orange make a small space feel bigger, give off more energy and add to the already inviting atmosphere. On the other hand, cool colors like blue, green, and purple create an inviting feeling that is more calming and serene – a perfect escape from busy streets. Now that you know that, you can pick your colors accordingly.
When it comes to picking out a color scheme, it is important to know exactly what your goals are. Are you trying to turn this cafe into a community hang-out spot? Or do you want it to be a quiet place that people come to study and get work done in? If you’re aiming for the former, choose brighter colors that will make the atmosphere feel more fun and inviting. For the latter, go with a more low-key color scheme.
Add upholstered furniture
This will create a homey feel and make customers want to stay longer. It will also encourage them to hang out in your cafe and befriend the other patrons.
Be sure that the furniture all looks good together, as this is one of the most important aspects when designing a cafe’s interior. It shouldn’t look like random pieces were thrown into a room with no purpose.
Invest in soft, comfy chairs, with fluffy cushions. If you don’t have any room for upholstered couches or loveseats, opt for chairs that are a neutral color and go with your color scheme. There’s no need to make them match perfectly because they’re not made to be the centerpiece of the cafe.
Make sure all of your seats are comfortable enough, so customers will want to sink into them with a good book.
Keep tables spaced apart
We’ve all been to cafes that were so closed up, we started feeling claustrophobic. It’s important to leave space in between your tables so there is an open feel and lots of room for people to walk around. This will help attract a larger array of customers too.
Make sure there is enough light in the room
For natural light, you can start by adding windows, skylights, or large mirrors. The addition of natural light can make even the most mediocre place seem like a gem.
Other options include adding wall lamps and string lights. You can have this done by people experienced in commercial lighting design who will help you get the look you’re going for. These sources will create an inviting atmosphere with their soft, warm glow that people enjoy being around. Plus, they won’t take up space in your cafe or add additional clutter as some other types of lighting might
Place plants around the room
For an added touch of nature and fresh air (these can also be used as decorations), plants can’t be beaten. They also look good in photos taken of the cafe. You can get creative and use tall, leafy plants like ferns or shorter ones with round leaves like aloe vera.
Adding plants to your decor also has its health benefits. For example, plants give off oxygen so they’re actually good for your customers if they have respiratory problems. They also improve air quality and filter out harmful chemicals that can be found in the fumes of common household items.
Have great coffee
Now, this isn’t strictly speaking, part of the look but what would a cafe be without coffee? A restaurant. This is the most important part of your cafe.
Invest in a good coffee machine, such as a cappuccino maker or espresso machine. If you feel this will be too expensive or hard to maintain, consider hiring someone who is experienced at making coffee and creating latte art (that’s when baristas make little designs on the top of your coffee) to work at your cafe. Specialty coffees available nowhere else will take your cafe up a whole coziness notch.
If you are considering starting a cafe, be sure to incorporate the principles in this article. You’ll want to follow these tips for designing your own inviting and cozy environment. They will help build customer loyalty.