Outdoor dining is one of the most pleasurable dining experiences one can have. From the natural air to waterfalls and birds, relaxation is nearly impossible to inhibit and the cuisine and company only adds to the environment. However, planters play a large role in this environment, as outdoor dining areas frequently utilise planters as design additions. If you are attempting to choose planters to match the outdoor aesthetic of a restaurant or are creating your own outdoor dining experience at home, the following suggestions and things to keep in mind will help you select the perfect planter for the mood.
Festive and Fun
Different restaurants and dining areas convey different moods. For the festive and fun outdoor dining area, light coloured, nature-inspired tones are perfect. White, green, and blue are all attractive choices depending on the surrounding colours and themes. Keep the focus on nature and the daylight aspects of it. Pine and oak make inviting wood choices for outdoor entertainment, as they are both light and crisp. If the planter cannot be made from these materials, mimicking them in the design of the planter is also acceptable. Think of a cabana, a day at the beach, or a tiki hut. Planters that blend into these environments will do well in a fun and festive environment.
Sometimes, outdoor dining settings are created for a more intimate setting and romantic experience. For this, subtlety is key. Stucco, clay, and wrought iron materials, or at least the appearance of these materials, are great choices to convey the mood. Soft, warm tones such as champagne and sand colours are great for the romantic outdoor setting, and the shape of the planters should be elegant, inviting, and smooth.
Greek and Italian restaurants, and dining areas that mimic them, have exquisite taste when it comes to putting together an outdoor environment. To compliment this theme and ambiance, taller, water jug-like planters in distressed stone and clay are the perfect fit. Whitewashed stone with ornate designs and symmetrical, detailed pieces will blend beautifully. Try faux paint techniques or go for the distressed look, which creates an elegantly-aged appearance for effect. If the appearance is that of something found in an ancient relic, you’re on the right track for creating the Mediterranean look.
Creating an outdoor environment for dining can be challenging, but also provides the designer a wider range of options than interior design often can. Being able to combine well-appointed planters with foliage and flowers that add to the ambiance of the restaurant or dining area will lend to a complimentary planter display. Eating is only part of the outdoor dining experience; the ambiance is also incredibly important. Keep in mind the overall goal of the restaurant or dining area. What is it trying to convey? How should the guests feel? What type of lighting will be used and at what time of the day will guests be eating there? These are all questions that can guide you to choosing the appropriate planter design.
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