Hospitality Furniture and Decor: What Works Best?

Furniture has tons of potential when it comes to making a store or restaurant eye-catching. Here are some ideas.
Hospitality Furniture and Decor: What Works Best?

Last update: 01 March, 2019

In today’s article, we’re going to give you some ideas on good hospitality furniture and decor. We’ll talk about the styles, the most practical pieces, the most comfortable, etc…

On this blog, we normally talk more about home and apartment decor, but those aren’t the only places interior design is important. Clothing stores, restaurants, etc…These kinds of places need good decoration too!

Think about it, the food isn’t the only thing you care about when you go to a restaurant. You also want to be able to relax. That’s why decoration is so important in places like that. They should be attractive, warm, and comfortable.

Keep on reading to see our tips on hospitality furniture, organized in order of our favorite styles.

Hospitality furniture and decor

The Nordic-industrial style

Mixing these two styles can be absolutely stunning, as long as you do it thoughtfully. The main goal is to maintain the major characteristics of them both. 

You want wide, clear spaces where light plays the main role. So, that means you’ll want to have less tables than you can fit. This way, you make sure that you’re not cluttering up the space.

nordic-industrial bar

The best kind of furniture for this style is wooden. Ideally, the wood will be a light color and mostly untreated, to give it a more natural look. You can find lots of tables like this at IKEA, for example.

On the industrial side, exposed elements like beams, bricks, or pipes look great. It’s okay if there are some visible flaws or blemishes–that will give the space a nice, natural feel too. You can also pick out some rolling carts and chairs with metallic, or even golden touches.

If you want to divide up the area somehow, you should install transparent sliding doors so you don’t lose the sense of width and space.

Vintage, retro style

A lot of people get these two styles mixed up, or think they’re the same. But in actuality, vintage is about finding antique accessories and furniture. Retro, on the other hand, is more about imitation. In other words, retro furniture isn’t old, it’s just made to look like an old style.

In hospitality, you can pick out furniture in one style or another. Just remember that if you opt for vintage furniture you’ll probably have to do more upkeep because it’s so much older.  In that sense, retro is a simpler, easier option. Because the furniture is newer, it should last longer, so you can treat it as an investment.

If you’re feeling bold, you could also try combining the two styles. To do this, you’ll probably have to use all your resources: online stores, flea markets, antique stores, etc…

vintage, worn table

If you have enough space, you can even put in some metal shelves–just don’t put too many things on them. They’re mostly here as a decoration, though you can still use them for minor storage.

A natural touch

It’s all in the name: your materials should be as natural as possibleFurnishing your store this way will make it feel simple and inviting, which is really what you’re looking for at the end of the day.

For example, it’s pretty common to see walls entirely, or almost entirely covered in cork in these kinds of places. Plus, you can get cork coasters to go with them and it will look great! You could even reuse old corks to make your own decorations.

Furniture-wise, you should use materials like wood (the less treated, the better), bamboo, wicker, or leather. Try to choose light colors, too.

Hospitality furniture for outdoor settings

We all love going to bars and restaurants with outdoor seating when it’s warm outside. Even in outdoor areas, you’ll see all of the styles we’ve mentioned today and more.

But there’s a specific kind of furniture we’re seeing more and more of: hammocks, deck chairs, and even puff chairs in some cases. More places are choosing this kind of furniture to make relaxing corners for their customers to chill out in.

So, as you can see, there are lots of possibilities when it comes to hospitality furniture. The main thing is to find a style you like, and one that fits the vibe of your business. This will help you create an eye-catching, original space. Always remember: your furniture should look nice, but it also needs to be practical and functional.