AD | After I started experiencing extreme generalised anxiety, there was a LOT that I couldn’t do anymore. Public transport? Nope. Going anywhere by myself? NOPE. Eating in a restaurant? NOPITY NOPE NOPE. Which was a crying shame because I love food. I love trying new food from restaurants and I think going out for a meal is the perfect way to spend some quality time with family and friends.
Thankfully over the last few years as my anxiety has been improving more and more, I’ve been able to introduce restaurant visits back into my life. And I’m at a point with my anxiety now where they don’t bother me much at all anymore!
And I think I can speak for a lot of people – regardless of whether you suffer from any mental illness or not – that hospitality interior architecture is incredibly important and can sometimes make or break an experience you have at a restaurant.
Here are some things I like to see when it comes to restaurant interiors which will make my experience at a particular restaurant a better one:
I know this isn’t technically an interior so I’ll keep this brief but one of my anxiety triggers is getting too hot. So air conditioning is a huge plus whenever I visit a restaurant. Is there anything worse than eating a hot meal and feeling your face get hotter and hotter with no means of cooling down? Ugh!
I love big windows in almost any room or building but I think they’re extra nice in a restaurant. I remember visiting Great Yarmouth one Summer and going into a restaurant there which was entirely in a basement. No windows at ALL and super low ceilings. It was incredibly claustrophobic and not a comfortable experience at all!
No harsh lighting
Lighting is a funny thing in restaurants because obviously you don’t want it so dark that you can’t differentiate your knife from your spoon (potential A&E visit) but not too bright that you feel like you’re under a spot light. Lighting can make such a huge difference so a happy medium is always good.
This is purely a personal preference and some people might find this sort of interior has the opposite effect on them but I love a rustic interior or elements of rustic interiors in a restaurant. I love all the wood and bare brick walls. I just find that sort of design naturally quite calming.
I think the interiors of a restaurant can play a huge part in weather people are relaxed there or not. I’m not a huge fan of posh places where I don’t even know what to do with myself. I also love pub dinners occasionally but sometimes something nicer is needed. Finding that happy, relaxed medium between them is important for me.
Obviously it highly depends on the specific restaurant and perhaps the type of cuisine they sell there but in general, I tend to prefer more neutral colours in a restaurant environment than bright colours which hit you in the face. Think grey, brown, cream and any pale colour.
If you’ve ever watched Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares, you’ll know how important decor and interiors are on business. Some of the places he goes to look like they haven’t had a make over in 60 years and customers and clients can tell. Therefore it certainly can have an impact on sales and business.
I’d love to hear what your ideal restaurant might look like on the inside! Do you like any of the same things that I do? Let me know in the comments!
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