If you're thinking about how to choose the decor for your new cafe, you've come to the right place. These ten decor ideas can help you give you cafe the contemporary vibe you've been looking for while keeping things simple and sweet.
Choose a style and theme
The first thing you should consider is to choose a theme or manner in which you want to decorate the cafe. Most cafes nowadays tend to go with a warehouse aesthetic, with lots of exposed lighting and wiring, simple square tables and chairs and brickwork laminates for the walls. Another common theme is retro, with antique chairs and tables and an old French look.
Choose a theme of your liking, and coordinate the furniture, fixtures, and walls with that theme. Say you choose the 60s as your theme, hang up posters of 60s musicians or movie stars, etc. If you select a forest theme, consider getting some fake plants and flowers and maybe some fake ivy or vines for the walls.
Use the space creatively
Don't just have tables and chairs lined up in rows and columns and the counter at one end of the cafe. Mix it up and use your space creatively. Some cafes like to have the counter in the center, and seating arrangements all around. Some cafes are designed like bars with a long counter and stools to sit and enjoy your coffee in the counter itself. Be creative with how you place your tables and chairs, and where you have the counter.
Include activity oriented props or furniture
It's common nowadays to see many cafes include some activities for the customers, such as jukeboxes or bookshelves or board games. Having little shelves by the tables with some books, magazines or games that a group of people can enjoy is a great way to make your cafe popular. Even a simple pack of cards or some crossword puzzles can make a cafe experience much better for a patron.
Another great idea is to include some props for group activities, like a dart board or a pinball machine or a foosball table. Giving your customers something to engage themselves with is a good way of attracting new customers and getting true ones.
Make sure that space is not cluttered. Everyone appreciates a cafe that looks neat and spacious. Over-decorating your walls or tables can be counter-productive. A beautiful empty table with a small napkin holder, salt and pepper dispensers and maybe a small vase with some artificial flowers or a fake bonsai is an excellent way to keep things attractive, yet minimal.
Jazz up the counter
The counter of your cafe should be appealing to the customers. A common mistake cafe owners often make decorating the walls and tables but ignoring the bar and having a plain display. Make your counter stand out and make it eye-catching with some quirky decor matching the theme of the cafe. Suppose you have cafe themed on automobiles, make your counter resemble a vehicle, use stools in the shape of tires, etc.
Lighting is paramount
The lighting of your cafe is essential, and it's easy to spoil the customer's mood with improper lighting. Make sure there is enough light for the customers to move around and see their food and drinks and read the menu, but not too much light. Cafes are mostly designed to be cozy spaces meant for relaxing and chilling with friends or family, or by oneself.
Cozy colored lighting, matching your theme, is the goal. If you're using a retro look, exposed overhead bulbs and minimalistic lamps spaced around the floors are a good idea. If you're going for an elegant modern look, concealed lighting of light tones is a good idea.
Set the mood with sound
The decor isn't only visual, and the ambiance of the cafe also depends on the sound. Some soft ambient music goes a long way in giving your customers a wholesome and satisfying cafe experience. Since cafes are used by most people to chat and catch up with each other, the music shouldn't be too loud or intrusive; rather it should be relaxing and feel like it's a background to the conversations.
Mix and Match
There is an emerging trend in cafes now to use non-coordinated furnishing. All your tables need not look the same, as well as your chairs. You can have differently themed tables and sitting arrangements in the same cafe. The same goes for the decor, like lamps of different kinds, different arrangements of fake flower arrangements or fake potted plants.
For example, you can have long tables with benches, small round tables with poufs or stools and maybe a hanging swinging chair in a corner in the same shop. You can also have long sofas or duvets with a bookshelf beside it for those who like to read while they sip on their coffee.
Use your walls as a canvas
The walls of your cafe have great potential when it comes to customer satisfaction. Unlike in restaurants, the mood in a cafe is lighter, and demographic usually is younger. Many cafes all over the world have picked up on this and turned their walls into a canvas. Rather than just regular painted walls, commission an artist to draw on the walls according to your cafes theme.
Pay attention to the outside
Don't just concentrate on the decor inside the cafe; pay attention to the decoration on the outside of your cafe. Many cafes like to include a few tables and chairs outside their doors for those who prefer to have their refreshments outside. Take care to make the outside walls, windows, and doors attractive and welcoming to passers-by, so that footfall increases for your cafe. A few fake plants, fake wreaths or some faux outdoor plants are also excellent choices for decorating the outside of your cafe.
So go ahead and decorate your cafe just the way you want it because the most important thing is that it be unique and represent your aesthetic. Keep these tips in mind, and get creative with your ideas, and you'll have a fantastic cafe in no time.