Colores y restaurantes

Food & colours – Part II

THE IMPORTANCE OF COLOURIMETRY IN RESTAURANTS – PART II


 

Colourimetry for restaurants can be a determining factor in the success of a gastronomic business. Did you know that there are colours that whet the appetite or that influence the comfort of customers?

The success of an interior is not determined by the predominant colour, but by how the target customer reacts to that colour. Restaurant interior colours act on customers’ feelings, stimulating sensations that influence their behaviour (increasing their appetite) and their mood (making them feel comfortable or uncomfortable).

As such, colours must be carefully and deliberately selected so that they can align correctly with the key message and emotions you want to convey in a piece (we don’t want to use a colour that evokes “hate” when our message is one of “love”, for example).

 

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COLOUR APPLICATIONS IN SPACE

Light-coloured floors in shops help to make them appear larger, while darker-coloured floors create more intimate and secluded environments.

Large areas of white and grey produce boredom and even anxiety in prolonged doses, while fiery reds or oranges are capable of accelerating the heart rate of those who look at them.

Whites have a multitude of shades that are normally grouped into cool or warm tones, i.e. with bluish or grey reflections as opposed to yellowish reflections.

In general, neutral colours, greys, blacks and whites are a good base as they combine well with all of them and provide balance, stability, cleanliness, etc.

They can be used as a counterpoint to corporate colours. A good tip is to use a single predominant colour or two at the most.

 

Colores y restaurantes

Colourimetry for restaurants by Nayra Iglesias

POWERFUL APPETITE STIMULATORS

If you ever thought that almost all restaurants use red in some form or shade in their design scheme, well, you’re not imagining it. It is a well-established fact that red is the most effective colour for stimulating appetite.

Why is this? Red is abundant in nature, and the brain’s reptilian response is a remnant from the days when our ancestors were still hunters and gatherers. Red, especially bright reds, would generally indicate energy-rich, sugar-filled fruits or vegetables.

Colores y restaurantes

Colourimetry for restaurants by Nayra Iglesias

 

Kai Restaurant design by Nayra Iglesias – [email protected]

 

GENTLE STIMULATORS

Green and turquoise are mild stimulants. You could argue that green should be a strong stimulant because many leafy vegetables are green, and you would be partly right. Green indicates edible, benign, non-poisonous plants. However, these plants are merely fibrous, not full of sugar like most colourful fruits, which provide a jolt of energy.

These days, green is also associated with health. This is not surprising, given that, again, most green things are fibrous and have no sugar.

 

Colores y restaurantes

Colourimetry for restaurants by Nayra Iglesias

 

Kai Restaurant design by Nayra Iglesias – [email protected]

 

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