Basically, using Feng Shui can make your restaurant more inviting, welcoming, and pleasant for customers to dine in useing both the laws of Heaven and Earth to help improve life and atmosphere by receiving positive Qi which means “life energy”. Furniture are an integral part of Feng Shui. Colors, materials, and furniture are all going to change the dining experience in your restaurant.
The entrance to your restaurant is considered the Mouth of Qi. What you have near the restaurant entrance and what is visible by the entrance will affect your Feng Shui. The entrance should be vibrant and easy to find and access. The style of your restaurant needs to match the energy of your cuisine and the dining experience you’re offering. The signage and menus should use colors and styles that convey that to your customers.
Tables should not be near doorways or between access routes to the restrooms, kitchen, or back areas. This makes moving about difficult and dampens the experience. Toilets and restrooms should not be visible from the entrance way. You must think of the visual clues customers expect when they first walk into your restaurant. The restrooms are not one of them.
For your restaurant seating layouts, find a way to maximize comfort, mobility, and capacity. Your restaurant seating should mix different items like booths, bar stools, and tables to create an atmosphere of versatility and comfort. When placing chairs and tables, take care to notice the distance between a chair and the next table. There should be enough room for two people to pass by without bumping into furniture. A person should also be able to sit without being grazed by other customers walking past.
To increase the aesthetic qualities of your Feng Shui, the chairs should not make noise. People shift when eating and moving about and any noise from the furniture will only disrupt the atmosphere and add to the noise levels. To help reduce the noise, use thick textured materials that will help absorb reverberation or make sure your chairs have plastic glides to dampen the noise. You can have carpet on the floors, fabric upholstered chairs, and acoustic paneling on the walls and ceilings. On busy nights, the conversation level in the dining room and the noise from the kitchen will make it difficult to establish a calm atmosphere. Adding these materials will help reduce noise and make the dining experience more enjoyable.
Feng Shui is an ancient art filled with knowledge from years of experience. By using these ancient art and science, you’ll make your restaurant more inviting and make it a relaxing place to be.
Even if you are not a fan of old oriental lifestyle ideas, it can’t hurt to use these methods. Not only are they tested but they make sense. We are not saying you have to live your life exclusively by the Feng Shui rules but it’s always a good idea to follow those rules that are tried and tested and can also bring more customers to your business.