Date: May 4, 2017
Created by: Dawood

How to Create an Ambience in Coffee Shop Design

A welcoming ambience plays a big part in the coffee shop or restaurant experience and can contribute to the likelihood of customers making a return visit. Below we look at three of the main factors to consider when creating an ambience within coffee shop or restaurant interior design: 

1) Lighting

Lighting is one of the key influencers of mood and behaviour within hospitality interior design. The versatile tool has the ability to connect people with a space and can drastically change the atmosphere and feel of some of the largest and smallest coffee shops and restaurants.

Given the versatility of lighting, there are several popular techniques establishments use to stimulate the required emotions. These include:

  • Accent lighting
  • Spotlighting
  • Task lighting
  • Layering


2) Music

In addition to lighting, music is equally a significant ingredient used to create an enticing ambience. Music can influence our menu choices, how fast or slow we eat and our perception of different food and drink. However, music can also detract from the experience if not used appropriately.

Choosing the right style of music will depend on the style of restaurant or coffee shop. Establishments should consider the purpose of music and what they wish to achieve in order to select the most appropriate genre/s.


3) Seating

Great coffee shop or restaurant interior design will pay good attention to spacing and seating arrangements. Whilst you want your seating areas to look visually appealing, it is important that the feel and experience is equally comfortable when dining. Having an appropriate amount of space between seating arrangements is important to allow ease of access not only for customers but also staff.

As with lighting and music, restaurants and coffee shops choose different styles of seating and arrangements for specific purposes. The most popular include:

  • To appeal to different customers
  • To create a faster turnaround
  • To increase and decrease capacity


By Dawood Pathan

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