Let’s say you’re a new business owner who has purchased premises for a little café. You’ve bought all the matching furnishings, cutlery and crockery, and chairs. You also set a theme, and you’re very careful to attune all items with the colour scheme. There is something missing, however. A small detail that will give your eatery that X-factor. Not only that, but you would like to make it truly unique and eye-catching from afar. So, you decide to add some outdoor cafe blinds.
What would this do for your café?
These are just some of the things blinds can do for your little restaurant
1. Create a Cosy Nook
A carefully chosen blind will enable you to section off part of your café from the outside world, effectively creating a cosy little nook. This is particularly beautiful at night, where you’re able to enhance the feeling of ‘secret’ in particular spaces along with clever lighting. That’s ideal for couples that are in love so they’ll linger longer to enjoy your space.
2. Open Your Restaurant to a Courtyard
Adding a blind will enable you to effectively use the outdoor space without your café seeming too crowded. Making it semi-transparent also adds a curiosity feature—people can see into spaces without intruding too much on others.
3. Add Accent Colour
Colour is one of the key elements. Blinds can be used in really beautiful ways – together with curtains – to enhance the colour in your room. Choose a bright cerise for a muted floral. You could always keep it toned down, depending on your theme, and simply match the existing colours. But why not be a little more exciting, and add a splash of spicy vibrance to create a livelier ambience?
4. Create Shade
It can be off-putting to your customers to have to sit in the glaring sun. Blinds will enable you to control the amount of sun that falls onto patrons. In mid-summer, blinds can be lowered to protect the people sitting drinking an aperitif. In winter, it can either be raised for increasing the sun’s entry into a room, or it can be lowered, for reasons mentioned below.
5. Protect From Rain
Naturally an outdoor blind can protect your customers from the unpleasant effects of the weather, such as rain. No one likes to get wet while enjoying their dinner. You show that you care by being thoughtful of your customers’ needs, which is a great sales feature!
6. Reduce Heat, or Insulate Against Cold
Temperature is an important aspect of a café’s ambience. Too hot and your customers will feel that they want to leave. Too cold, and they feel uncomfortable.
Just raising and lowering a blind can have a remarkable effect on the temperature control in a room. In summer, you can reduce the temperature simply by lowering the blind or closing it. In the colder months, you can either raise the blind if the sun is warm enough to heat the room, or again lower it to keep the heat in.
This adds to ways you can control the atmosphere and vibe you want to maintain.
7. Choosing the Correct Type of Blind
Certain styles of blind fit certain rooms better. For instance, vertical style blinds teamed with drapes will transform the perception of a standard sized window into a large one. This you would do by placing the rails at ceiling-height and allowing the blinds to drop to the floor.
What type of fabric should you select for your blinds? That depends on the tone you wish to set.
- Vinyl blinds enable you to pick from an array of very vibrant colours.
- Fabric blinds give a soft, textured warm feel, and also come in many colours. In fact, you can even choose to go organic, which depending on your target customer and your theme, can be a huge drawcard.
- Zebra blinds are a type of window covering that feature alternating sheer and opaque stripes. These stripes can be adjusted to control the amount of light that enters the room, providing a unique blend of privacy and natural light
- You may choose wood blinds for a warm and cosy effect. There are many that are weather-resistant, so you can feel comfortable in your choice whatever the climate.
8. Make Your Own
The delights of sewing your own blinds cannot be overstated. If you have the skills, and are good at designing, why not make your own? Just remember that it’s vital to create a professional ambience in your business as well. Without proof of attention to detail in your décor, your customers may doubt whether your food is given much thought in the kitchen.
So, rather opt for professional blind installations if you can’t deliver a top quality product yourself.
Time to Transform Your Space with Blinds?
Now that you’ve discovered the wide variety of possibilities that exist for your blinds, and what they can do for your company, why not go out and discover what’s out there? It could be the change you make to your restaurant this year that makes all the difference in your bottom line.
Have fun shopping!
Also read: Astounding Accent Lighting Designs to Amplify The Aura of Your Living Space