Designing An On Trend Tiny Café or Bar
When deciding on how to style your establishments there are plenty of things to take into consideration. Do you have a set theme or type of food/beverage you’re selling? It’s going to look a little strange if you’re a little café selling croissants and pastries but you’re walls are decked out with sombreros and Mexican colours… So if you are going with a particular theme in what you’re selling, then make sure the décor reflects that.
If you do have a strong menu theme in mind an important thing to remember is you don’t have to go over the top. Bust because you specialize in Japanese craft beers does not mean everything in your bar needs to be Japanese style. Often businesses run the risk of looking tacky when they go too heavily into theme. It’s good to be inspired by your menu in your décor but don’t let it overrun the place. What you’re trying to look for is a happy medium you want people to know you provide a certain kind of food/drink without making them feel like they have to step into an entirely different world for it. Sometimes heavily themed places work amazingly, but once you are heavily themed in your décor then you are also restricted to that and if you do decide to break from the mold and try something different with what you are offering it can be hard to change your image as people will relate you to your original theme.
So if you don’t want to go hard out on a completely themed décor then start to look at what elements of your particular theme inspire you the most. For example if you have a small bar that specializes in seafood tapas you don’t have to deck the whole place out with sails, anchors and nautical ropes. But you may instead think about taking certain elements, the colour pallet of the ocean, some beautiful old photos of ships on the walls and the occasional oceanic bauble here and there. Mix it in with modern textures and fabrics and you will have a beautiful ocean feel without it being overbearing.
Little hole in the wall Bars and Cafes seem to be popping up everywhere these days, ever wondered why? Because people are loving them! There has been a growing trend in people wanting to find bars and cafes that feel like ‘theirs’ That little hide away where they can sit and talk and drink with friends for hours and feel like they are in a world of their own and with so many people going in for this feel and supporting these small business it looks like these tiny bar/cafes are here to stay.
You’ll often find these little treasures in cities nestled in arcades, down laneways or on busy streets with a strip of green turf out the front giving a welcoming homely feel to the place and enticing customers in by helping them escape the steel and glass of the city skyline with something a little softer. So if it’s down the path of the small bar or café for you or even if you’re already the proud owner of one but are looking to make a few aesthetic changes, then this is for you.
Greenery is one of the biggest growing trends at the moment and its fresh look it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. If your establishment is in the city, adding a bit of green can be especially inviting. Being surrounded by green can have a calming affect on people and help draw customers in by providing a respite from the busy urban world around them. Now the same goes with themes, you don’t need to over-green! People don’t necessarily want to be sitting in a jungle where vines are slowing winding their way around their handbags, but more want to feel the relaxing atmosphere of a garden. Mix your greens in with some exposed brick to go a bit urban or white walls for a fresher look. And if you are having a lot of plants around then make sure to make your cushions and upholstery a little more neutral so as not to overwhelm with too many colours and patterns.
Going green may seem like high maintenance and depending on where you are situated and how much space you have you may or may not be able to have like plants growing, but there are other amazing alternatives. Purchasing ‘fake’ plants is not as hard as it used to be and there are so many amazing options now of very real looking plants that don’t run the risk of looking tacky and apart from a dust every few days, have no maintenance. If you are lucky enough to have an outdoor space, however small, putting down some turf or ‘fake grass’ can help to keep the theme running throughout. Check out this site site for some great artificial grass reviews, that might help you choose the perfect piece for your space.
No matter how small your outdoor space may be there are so many amazing hacks you can do to create an inviting space that doesn’t feel cramped.
As mentioned earlier, a bit of green can go a long way to giving a place a fresh vibe. Turf can be used in a range of ways depending on the look you’re going for, the 50’s fake lawn look with old garden chairs or for a more contemporary vibe you can get super realistic looking grass and make people feel like they are in a friends backyard.
Don’t overcrowd your outdoor area with ‘stuff’ either, a few chairs and tables or even benches and some greenery, people need to feel they can move around a little more freely if they are outside, and if you do have a small space consider low tables and stools as they can make a space feel larger.
If your café or bar is open at night then lighting is really important. Fairy lights in trees or paper lanterns can give a place a special and intimate feel, almost secretive. Stay away from harsh lights as they kill the mood by exposing a little too much.
Have Fun With It!
When you’re designing your small bar or café remember to have fun with it. Look to current trends for ideas but also be sure to add in your own personal touch. Most people go to small bars and cafes for that unique feel, so put your personality into it!
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