Restaurant Transformation: From Cold to Inviting!

Jaimito's Restaurant located in Clifton, NJ was in need of an update. The owner wanted to make the restaurant feel more inviting for diners at night. With a few quick switches and my help; the restaurant is cozy and more romantic. For the project, I switched out the flourescent lighting and added drum pendants. I cannot stress enough how important the right choice of lighting is. By simply switching out the flourescents, the mood of the room is instantly more romantic and cozy.

I also painted the walls with a fresh coat of paint to bring out the colors in the existing tile. It's funny how the customers recognized the flooring after the new paint color was up. Everyone was asking "Is this new floor?!" Nope, by choosing the right paint color, the room is now more cohesive. I kept the room light because it is small and gets indirect sunlight. I didn't want to make the room feel smaller than it is.

I also added window treatments to soften up the harsh structural beams. I grouped the panels together in the middle to hide the beam in the center of the window.

I also picked out cherry wood furniture for the new restaurant table and chairs. The existing tile had a rust undertone and I thought the cherry wood would be nice to warm up the space. The cherry wood also compliments the darker gray in the tile and the soft gray walls.

For the round tables in front of the windows, I made center pieces that reflect the owner's personal style and culture. I also picked up candles and candle holders for each table.

I also updated the bathroom, by keeping the existing floor tile and retiling the walls. I added a new vanity and a fresh coat of paint. Not too much done - but made a huge difference!

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Jaimito's Restaurant Before Images