In the Restaurant: Seasonal & Stylish
Dress to impress in your restaurant this summer with these simple details that will turn your year-round dining room into a summertime oasis. Update your look with a refreshing seasonal twist and this season’s colour trends. Balance classic whites with accent pieces and some stylish essentials, accented with crisp linens and seasonal blooms for an instant style update.
The clean lines and simple elegance of fresh, white linen is the perfect place to start when overhauling your restaurant’s look. Whatever the shape and style of your tables, the classic, crisp, white table cloth is the perfect base for your summertime colour-splash.
Layer up your bright and breezy look with a cool, cotton table runner. Fresh spring colours of pale green or duck egg blue complement a classic table with an elegant, tranquil shade, staying on trend with this year’s popular pastels. The ever-favoured coastal style is always a front-runner in the style-stakes, conjuring up memories of cool oceans and sunny beaches, but stay beach chic rather than beach shack with gentle blues and elegant accessories. Continue to build your table using neutral napkins , complementing your colour scheme without over-styling it.
Take advantage of what summertime brings and incorporate nature into your restaurant, adding easy elegance with oversized flowers. Opt for creamy Peonies, in season in June and early July, or Hydrangea in green, white or pink, in bloom in late July and August. For an even bolder, sunshiny touch, brighten your setting by choosing bold pinks and oranges for a summertime colour splash.
The dinnerware in your restaurant says a lot about your establishment, food, and style. Create an inviting setting with stacked crockery set in place.
Both glamorous and functional, the simple white plates of chic eateries are a favourite among chefs and restaurateurs, providing a ‘frame’ for food, transforming even the most simple meal into a culinary delight, and providing a blank canvas for those more adventurous dishes. Update this look and give your dinnerware a summer edge by stacking your plates with a colourful addition to create contrast and texture. Start with a white plate, add a glowing blue or green plate (try ‘Evora’ in turquoise from Habitat or the ‘Blue Rain’ collection from Tesco ) and finish with either another smaller white dish or napkin.
Complement this with other colour-splash tableware like the gorgeous ‘Haze’ mug collection from LSA.
Nothing says ‘summer’ like a frosty carafe filled to the brim with iced water, cucumber and mint. Not only a refreshing and inherently seasonal drink, it also adds a luscious, minty green hue to your cool, breezy table. Choose a modern silhouette for your glassware, keeping your summer style enviably classy and contemporary.
Offer your guests British summertime with a twist, filling a gleaming high-ball or Collins glass with a Strawberry Mojito packed with lime, mint, and of course those quintessentially British, summertime strawberries.
Add lively details to your table to bring a touch of summer into your dining room. Choose bright table top accessories like these Le Creuset salt and pepper shakers . Use tea light candles around the dining room and on the tables to add a twinkle to those summer evenings and pair them with a colourful glassware to set off your summer colour scheme.
Finally, complete your summer revival by serving seasonal produce, prettily presented on rustic boards and white platters.