We all love eating out. Food just tastes better when it’s from a restaurant. Many of us claim it’s because it saves us cooking, but that’s not the root of our love. The best part is the atmosphere. Going out takes us away from our routines. Hence, eating out is the ideal way to relax.
There is, of course, a rather extreme downside; eating out costs money. Quite a lot of it if you go out often. As such, many of us are on an eternal quest to reduce our eating excursions. The good news is, that doesn’t mean you have to kiss goodbye to the restaurant atmosphere you love. In fact, there are plenty of ways to incorporate the buzz into your home kitchen. Whether you use it for entertaining, or family meals; follow this guide to bring restaurant standards to the space.
Get the look
Eating out is a visual experience. Few of us would be happy in an ugly space with peeling floor tiles and so on. So, those should be the first thing to go in your kitchen. You need to reach a professional standard on every feature. From installing granite worktops to retiling your walls, it’ll all help on your quest. These steps will make your kitchen a pleasant room to spend time in. Hence, it’ll feel much more like your favourite luxurious haunts.
It’s also important to keep the space clean. Hygiene is essential in restaurants. The chances are that it’s also important to you, but not as much as so. Are you guilty of leaving dirty dishes on the side? It wouldn’t happen in a restaurant, so don’t let it happen at home!
Perfect the eating area
You also need to turn your attention to your eating area. In fact, this is just as important as your kitchen. You need to create a space which invites long conversations and enjoyable evenings. Gone are the days where your table was for quick meals only. Well, unless you’re aiming for a fast food restaurant.
To ensure this is a space you all want to spend time in, focus on the furniture first. Padded chairs which are comfortable for extended periods are essential. And, of course, you need a table which looks the part. Round options are fantastic for inviting long conversations. Think, too, about your lights. Ambience is always good, so dim lighting, or fairy lights should be top of your list.
Get those restaurant additions
And, of course, it’s important to perfect those small restaurant additions. These are what set the eating experience apart. Many contemporary restaurants now have chalkboard walls, and these look fantastic. You could include this in your home by stocking up on some blackboard paint. You could write your favourite recipes there, or just use it for shopping lists.
Think, too, about including speakers. Low-level background music is calming and should be easy to get right. Oh, and don’t forget to keep a vase of fresh flowers on the table!