Autumn Design Tips
This is an article supplied by catering equipment suppliers, Alliance Online, so most of the design suggestions include products that can be purchased from their website. The general idea of creating a seasonal, cosy environment that’s easy to change without too much expense is great! Our thanks go to Alliance Online.
With autumn coming around, it’s time to get the décor of your establishment ready for the season ahead.
There are so many beautiful colours in the landscape during the autumn months, so it’s a great time to add some style that’s inspired by your surroundings.
Using autumnal flower arrangements, colour palettes, and some seasonal thrifting, you can really spruce up your restaurant and make it cosier for the winter months.
Here, catering experts Alliance Online take you through some pointers that you can use to bring in some seasonal decoration to your establishment this year.
Autumn colour schemes
One of the first things you can do to incorporate some seasonal features into your restaurant is to explore colour schemes that are inspired by the autumn months.
Use tones of orange, ochre, yellow, red, and even gold to liven up your rooms and tables.
You might choose napkins, tablecloths, slip-covers, candles and other tabletop items, as well as rugs and curtains in these tones if you have space on your windows.
These colours add an atmosphere of cosiness and warmth that is ideal for the cooler months, as well as evoking the falling leaves of the season.
Using colour schemes is a budget-friendly way of bringing some seasonality to your décor, and you can also fold up and keep all the fabric features that you buy in order to reuse them next year, so they can be a long-term investment.
As well as utilising the colours of autumn, you can experiment with using the dried flowers and fallen leaves to create some beautiful seasonal table displays.
You can even go outside and forage for your own bouquets to save some money, which also makes your decorations feel more unique and personal.
Using plants like honesty (silver dollar) makes the most of the natural drying process to create interesting décor, while using sprigs of conifer takes advantage of the fact that these plants retain their greenery throughout the winter months.
Having matching autumnal displays on your tables or around your bar can really add to a cosy atmosphere and will pair particularly well with seasonal menus and produce.
If you want to add a few extra decorations during this time of year, then taking time to look through antique shops and charity shops can help you come across some great finds.
Brass objects and wooden trays, as well as vintage vases for displaying flowers, can all add some rustic charm to your finished décor and won’t break the bank.
Vintage glassware can also provide a great extra touch, especially if you can find some glasses with gold detailing that complements the rest of your colour palette.
You can also add to the rustic look by using different receptacles instead of vases, such as amber bottles and ceramic milk jugs.
Adding some bunches of honesty and other plants to these can make a place feel cosy and cottagey, so consider arranging some of these final flourishes around the venue.
Decorate the entrance
Whether your restaurant has a porch or just a door straight onto the street, there are ways that you can spruce up the entrance to make it more appropriate for the season.
This might include baskets of leaves or even pumpkins, wicker ornaments, or a wreath of dried autumn foliage hanging on the door.
If you have a hallway inside, you might want to add in some large standing vases with flowers and foliage arrangements that match the seasonal ones you’ve put together for the tables.
Live plants are another great option, as these can be purchased from garden centres for a good price.
Choose plants that have colourful evergreen foliage or are winter flowering in order to keep them looking good throughout the whole season, allowing them to brighten up the entrance.
“Having some autumnal décor can really make your restaurant feel cosier and more welcoming for gests throughout this season, so it’s well worth spending the time to find some budget-friendly options.” says Rachael Kiss, Marketing & Online Manager at Alliance Online.
“Using the natural landscape can be budget-friendly and beautiful.
“And using some orange and yellow colours in your decoration can also spruce the place up.
“As well as this, ensure that your staff have all the equipment they’re likely to need for making any seasonal dishes, and use this as an opportunity to do an audit of implements so that you’re not caught off guard when your menu changes.”
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