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Colors In Restaurant

Posted by Anonymous on 250 Points
I would like to paint my restaurant a teal (against oak wood work) for the majority of the wall space. Bottom half is oak. We also have a half wall, L-shaped and I want to paint that a dark purple. We will be decorating with barn and lighthouse paintings and real fish nets. We also have a 90 gal aquarium.

  • Posted by NuCoPro on Accepted
    And your question is????
  • Posted by NuCoPro on Accepted
    Would probably work in places like south Florida or New Orleans, but probably not in NYC. Where is the restaurant located, AND what clientele are you looking to serve?
  • Posted by NuCoPro on Accepted
    Well the teal with the oak could be warm (depending on the shading), but purple might be problematic. Purple is more of a young, hip, action color.

    There have been lots of questions in the Forum on colors, and it might be helpful to search through them.

    It also depends on what furnishings and accessories you plan to use. I have to admit I couldn't understand the juxtaposition of barns and lighthouses as your primary pictures.
  • Posted by BARQ on Accepted
    Teal is not exactly warm...

    Just stay away from blue -- food and blue don't mix. (Even blueberries are really purple!)

    Regardless of color, the real key is to make the customer experience something to talk about. Stay closely attuned to each of your guests. There are LOTS of places that serve food... few that treat their guests as if they wanted them to come back with friends.

    AND TELL YOUR WAITERS: NEVER leave the dining room without making eye contact with EVERY table in their section. Nothing ticks me off more than to see our server come and go, time after time, and ignore us!


    BARQ
    SELMARQ Brands' Best Friend
  • Posted by ASVP/ChrisB on Accepted
    Mr Fibs

    The expense involved in fitting out and decorating a restaurant interior, and the impact the result can have on the success or failure of the business, means the cost of getting a proven restaurant and/or entertainment space interior designer/decoration consultant would be very easy to justify.

    Owners of businesses often think they are excellent arbiters of good taste and know the latest and best trends.

    I don't like teal much myself, I think it's a colour that's had a good run over the last 10-15 years, but is now becoming dated. However, in Illinois that might be very bad advice.

    Don't cut corners. use good quality materials and products, from the brushes and paint, all the way through to cooking utensils, raw ingredients, condiments and accompaniments.

    And please, do yourself a huge favour, Go get a proper interior designer to work through the colours and materials with you. I bet they save their fees and more, by stopping you from making some horrible mistakes.

    Good luck.

    ChrisB
  • Posted by sshm on Accepted
    For info on colors, you can check this out:
    http://www.worqx.com/color/index.htm

    On real case of importance of aesthetics matters to Restuarant: http://www.strategy-business.com/press/16635507/03313

    Definitely agree with the idea of getting an interior designer. Prior to that, you probably have to have a very clear idea on who your target customers will be, what kind of restuarant (food? upclass?) and of course, what budget you have.

    Just a personal note - I cannot imagine myself enjoying my food with dark purple wall...
  • Posted by Ann Sheehy on Accepted
    Teal and Purple? Sorry that means Barney to me!

    The whole restaurant from the the food to the decor, to the furnishings, to the menus, to the serving staff should reflect your brand values. If it is a high class offering then everything about the restaurant should be sophisticated, chic and classy. If it's a fun place then you can be a bit bolder in your decor and furnishing and also your waiting staff's approach could be funnier and chattier.

    Please do think seriously about what your brand offering is - be very clear about it and then engage an Interior Designer with the brief of reflecting your offering appropriately.

    Ann
  • Posted by kayenuguid on Accepted
    I'm very sorry but I don't think the colors fit a resto. Customers usually prefer nice ambiance and color has a big role. Yours is not inviting for me.
    If you want to earn on your business you must invest on something, they are right- you need designer!
    And try to identify who your market is. In this way, designer can help you with the color preference.
    Think about this- sometimes our favorite color doesn't work for others.
    But I suggest, try to use green (and some parts with light ones) ... your aquarium might compliment.
    Good luck on your business. I hope we can dine there one day.

    Kaye
  • Posted by dherron00 on Member
    I am painting my restaurant that is located in a fishing resort with cabins, RV sites, fishing pier. It has a key west kind of look to the outside and we just painted the exterior a festive tropical aqua that is so popular now. The restaurant has lots of windows overlooking the popular bass fishung lake and pier, also I don''t want to fight the outdoor color as it can be seen from inside the restaurant. I plan to use white around the windows and trim but can''t seem to get a feel for the interior color. Any suggestions? Theme will be aroung the fishing environment.
  • Posted by dherron00 on Member
    I am painting my restaurant that is located in a fishing resort with cabins, RV sites, fishing pier. It has a key west kind of look to the outside and we just painted the exterior a festive tropical aqua that is so popular now. The restaurant has lots of windows overlooking the popular bass fishung lake and pier, also I don''t want to fight the outdoor color as it can be seen from inside the restaurant. I plan to use white around the windows and trim but can''t seem to get a feel for the interior color. Any suggestions? Theme will be aroung the fishing environment.
  • Posted by dherron00 on Member
    I am painting my restaurant that is located in a fishing resort with cabins, RV sites, fishing pier. It has a key west kind of look to the outside and we just painted the exterior a festive tropical aqua that is so popular now. The restaurant has lots of windows overlooking the popular bass fishung lake and pier, also I don''t want to fight the outdoor color as it can be seen from inside the restaurant. I plan to use white around the windows and trim but can''t seem to get a feel for the interior color. Any suggestions? Theme will be aroung the fishing environment.

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