Redecorating your business premises is a great way to revitalise your entire enterprise. For customers, it will freshen up the building, making visits feel more exciting and encouraging more trade. And for you, it can totally change the way you feel about your business, which is a useful thing if it's started to become a bit of a drag.
For restaurant owners, some particular care is needed before embarking on a refurbishment. In order to make sure everything runs smoothly and the end result is as near to perfect as possible, follow these steps before you get going.
Decide on your colour scheme
If you're going to redecorate, you'll probably want to go for a different look entirely in order to maximise the impact. But how do you decide?
With restaurants, it's best not to go for colours that are too bold or overpowering, but other than that, inspiration is everywhere. The internet is a useful resource for this sort of thing, but perhaps you could look to the colours in the dishes you serve for the perfect colours.
There's more to colour than just simple attractiveness, too. Research has shown that red increases the appetite, but that has made it popular in restaurants, so you might want to avoid it if you're looking to stand out. Blue is said to decrease appetite, so it might not be a good choice.
Leave time for preparation
First of all, you're going to need to move any furniture out of the way, so you might need to be closed for a day before you begin painting. Secondly, there's the actual preparation of walls before painting — cleaning, sanding and all the other things that need to be done. Make sure there's ample time to complete all this.
Get the job done well
If you're an experienced painter, great! Just make sure you invest in good-quality paint and brushes so the finished result is as good as it can possibly be. On the other hand, if you've never done much painting, it might be best to get professional commercial painters in. After all, the look of your restaurant's interior has a big impact on trade.
Know when you'll really be finished
You should make sure you understand how long it will all take. Paint may take up to 24 hours to dry, so you won't be able to open for business during that time. But remember also the smell that hangs around after painting. Be prepared to close for a few days while you thoroughly air out the building and get rid of the paint smell, or you'll put people off their food.