If you’re in the hospitality business, you know that most restaurants must undergo regular “facelifts” to keep up with the times. On average, the interior of your establishment should get a refresh every 5 – 10 years, and one of the hottest hospitality styles these days is the modern aesthetic.
So, what does it mean to create a modern mood in your restaurant?
Here’s the good news—it isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach because, beneath the modern design umbrella, you’ll find various subcategories like modern minimalism, industrial modern, and modern glam, to name a few. The bottom line is this—there are a variety of aesthetics that fall within the modern category, and one is sure to complement the current vibe of your restaurant…which means you won’t have to break the bank when revamping your space.
Today, we’ll be offering up 4 ways you can move your space toward a more modern design aesthetic. Let’s dive in!
There’s a Place for Bold Color
Many restauranteurs assume modern design means sleek and subtle. While there is certainly a place for such styling within the modern realm, there’s also plenty of room for those who love bold color. And, as it turns out, vibrant colors might be best for your brand.
Consider this—color impression, or the way humans visually respond to color, is responsible for 80% of brand recognition. That means the colors you choose to use in your restaurant likely have a profound effect on how well your customers will remember your brand. So, why not go bold and really give them something to remember?
The vibrant cerulean hue of this Chevron chair coupled with the plush fabric and curved design lends a decidedly modern flair to any space. We also love that the color leans bold without feeling overtly so. Understated boldness…we like it.
Variety is the Spice of Life
If you have the flexibility to do so, offering guests a variety of seating options creates unique micro-experiences within the same dining space. For example, having traditional table seating allows for a more formal experience, while bar seating lends itself to a more laid-back and gregarious atmosphere.
And tucking a booth or two in a remote corner gives guests the sense that they’re enjoying their own private party. We love this button booth because it slips seamlessly into that corner space that so often goes unused. And the intimate atmosphere it creates ensures it will be the table guests will beg for night after night.
Embrace All Things Industrial
Industrial styling has been all the rage in modern restaurant design for several years, and it shows no sign of slowing down. Perhaps this is because it so effortlessly blends the nostalgic with the modern, making it an easy design style to blend in with current décor.
Industrial design is wonderfully carefree and marries elements of exposed brick and pipe with cool concrete, metal, and wood. When it comes to the furniture found in an industrial modern space, think blends of natural materials and metal.
One of our favorite collections that falls within the industrial modern design is the Smith collection. Both chairs and barstools are available, and the line just screams industrial perfection. Cool metal frames are balanced with warm wood backs and seats, creating a minimalistic aesthetic your customers are going to love.
Mix Up Textures
People often mistakenly assume modern design equates with uniformity. Not so! One of the easiest ways to modernise your space is by embracing a variety of textures and finishes.
The overhaul of your restaurant might include modernizing the flooring, providing the perfect opportunity to get in some texture. And don’t assume this will eat up most of your budget (though, if you opt for something like hardwood that may certainly be the case).
There are plenty of low-cost options that can transform your floors without breaking the bank. Luxury vinyl tiles, for example, are cost-effective and can mimic the look of hardwood, tile, or even concrete.
You can also bring in texture by choosing a patterned fabric for your seating or incorporating a plush seating option. We love the nod to luxury provided by the sumptuous fabric used on the Coogee chair that mimics soft, supple suede leather. Guests will feel as if they’ve stumbled into some modern, bougie dining club the moment they sink into the suede-like comfort.
One of the biggest benefits of embracing the modern aesthetic is the fact that it is wonderfully customisable. If you’re ready to update your space with a more modern flair, we hope you’ll visit us at Have a Seat. We have a wide variety of hospitality seating and table options, many of which will complement a modern design aesthetic.
Stop by the showroom or visit our online store. We think you’re going to love what you see!