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How to design a welcoming outdoor dining space

As Summer is slowly approaching, you need to consider how you can still create that warm and inviting vibe for your restaurant for guests who are dining outdoors. This blog will share 5 tips you can use to guide you when designing a welcoming area for your guests to enjoy.

 

Seamless indoor-outdoor transition

A restaurant with a seamless indoor-outdoor transition effortlessly develops a welcoming atmosphere for its guests, especially when equipped with large glass doors that can be fully opened.


These entryways serve as a passage that blurs the boundaries between the interior and exterior spaces. This seamless connection allows customers to enjoy the warmth of natural sunlight and the views of the outdoors whilst enjoying a pleasurable dining experience.

This seamless transition not only enhances the visual appeal of the restaurant but also elevates the overall dining experience!


Comfortable & stylish

Crafting a welcoming outdoor dining space for a restaurant is as simple as choosing comfy and stylish outdoor furniture.


Picking weather-resistant seating that matches your restaurant’s overall style is key. Whether it's cushioned chairs, cosy banquettes, or a mix of different seating options, the goal is to create a relaxed and inviting atmosphere.


This thoughtful choice of outdoor seating can turn your exterior space into a warm and welcoming retreat.


Strategic greenery & shade

Creating a welcoming outdoor dining space for a restaurant is easy with smart greenery and shade choices. Think about adding potted plants or vertical gardens in strategic spots- this adds a natural touch.


Providing shade is also crucial. You can use retractable umbrellas, pergolas, or even cleverly position architectural elements. Finding the right balance between sun and shade ensures that customers can enjoy the outdoors no matter the weather.


With some well-placed greenery and shade, your restaurant's outdoor space can become a comfy and inviting spot for people to enjoy good food and good times.

 

Ambient lighting for evening charm

Enhance your outdoor dining space with ambient lighting for evening charm.


Extend the enchantment into the night with thoughtfully selected string lights, lanterns, or stylish sconces.


This carefully arranged lighting creates a cosy and intimate atmosphere, enhancing the visual appeal and providing customers with a delightful dining experience even as the sun sets.

 

Personalised outdoor accents

Enhance your outdoor dining experience with personalised accents that incorporate unique design elements, custom signage, branded umbrellas, or outdoor artwork.


Tailoring these touches to reflect your restaurant’s theme and identity creates a memorable and welcoming atmosphere for guests, elevating the overall dining experience.


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In conclusion, making your outdoor dining space cosy doesn’t have to be fancy! Use these tips and have fun creating a space where people can relax, enjoy their meal, and want to come back for more.


If you would like to know more or are interested in transforming your commercial space, contact us here!

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