7 Ways To Conjure Up Parisian Chic In Your Cafe

parisian black01There’s no getting away from the fact that Paris has a certain romanticism about it especially when you picture the rows of quaint cafes that line the river Seine. So if you want to create your own slice of French flair and recapture some Parisian chic in your cafe, just how do you go about it? Here are 7 great ways that can help.

Keep it intimate

If you’ve been lucky enough to visit a Parisian cafe you’ll immediately notice that it’s both snug and inviting, especially in the evening when the lights are dimmed and gently flooding the area with a warm glow. Glaring bulbs or harsh lighting can kill the feel of a cosy mood so keep your lighting intimate. Lighting such as pendants, sconces, floor lighting, and the odd chandelier can really make a difference. Also don’t forget table lamps to create a diffused glow.

Bistro chairs

Of course it wouldn’t be Paris without the bistro chair so it would be criminal not to include them in your look. Low slung rattan chairs similar the type we offer here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane provide the perfect arrangement of comfort, style and durability.

French flooring chic

Okay so you mightn’t want to change your flooring to create the look but ideally tiling is both easy to clean and quintessentially Parisian. The hallmark flooring of the Paris cafe is either the hexagonal or penny tile preferably in an alternate chequer-board black and white style. However you could also get away with a wooden unpolished floor that just might do the trick.

Say it with posters

Of course the one adornment that screams Paris cafe are those gorgeous old fashioned advertising posters. If you can get your hands on some originals then fantastic, but even if you can’t you don’t have to look too hard to find modern-day recreations and what’s more they won’t break the bank either.

Chalk it up

If there’s one thing that you’ll see in every Paris cafe is the chalk board. After all, what’s a bistro without the day’s menu scribbled in chalk on a board? If you can’t get hold of an original chalk board, then a great alternative is to paint a section of your wall with chalkboard paint. Hey presto! No one will ever know the difference.

Copper pots

Even if you aren’t using them in your kitchen why not group together a selection of copper pots and pans to really give your cafe that certain ‘je ne sais quoi’. Fill some open shelving with a nice display or how about a ceiling mounted pan rack to deliver the same results.

Window awnings

To complete the classic French cafe/bistro look then why not top it off with some interior window awnings. For the best look choose a striped fabric such as black and white.

If you need more style ideas for your cafe interior then why not check out our website at www.cafefurniturebrisbane.com.au. We have a wide selection of commercial grade cafe furniture for you to choose. If you’re still struggling to find the right furniture to match your team, style, or design then speak to our experienced team on 07 3205 1616 who can assist. Finally if you’re in or near the Brendale area of Brisbane then why not pop into our showroom where you can see the furniture we have on offer first hand.

How To Care For Your Wood Cafe Furniture Using Simple Steps

db-sh-sWood has been used in furniture making for many centuries and even today it remains an integral material in this process. Walk into any cafe and you’re likely to find wooden cafe furniture in some form or another. Whether it’s wooden tables, bar stools, or cafe chairs it can really make your cafe design sing; that said it needs to be cared for correctly. With this in mind, just how do you look after your wooden cafe furniture so that it withstands the test of time? Here are some pointers that you may want to follow.

Keep away from any heat source

Heat and wooden furniture aren’t a great combination. In fact heat can dry out the natural oils found in wood and can cause it to shrink, crack, and warp. Therefore avoid placing your wooden furniture too near open fireplaces, heat vents, or prolonged direct sunlight.

Don’t waste money on using oils and polishes

Commercial grade wooden furniture has already been treated. This means that oils and polishes won’t enrich the wood. Because the wood has been sealed, any oils or polishes simply won’t penetrate it. Instead any chips or scratches can be carefully removed using a wood felt tip marker or similar coloured shoe polish.

Use soap and water

The best way to keep your wooden furniture clean is to use a mild dish soap or hand soap and water. Use warm water sparingly to remove grease stains and marks and wipe the soap off with a damp cloth. Never use any chemicals that you wouldn’t use on your own hands as it’s way too abrasive for the wood and is likely to do more damage than good.

Soft paste wax

To keep the shine, invest in a good quality soft paste wax. Just apply sparingly, wait 5-10 minutes and buff off with a dry cloth to restore the original shine once again.

Keep out of direct light when not in use

When not in use, try storing your wooden cafe furniture out of direct sunlight. Even the temperature through a window on a hot summer’s day can reach over 25°C and prolonged access to it can cause your wooden furniture to lose it’s sheen. So when you close up, keep your windows closed to avoid direct sunlight.

Even if you follow just one or two of these pointers, you’re likely to prolong the life and improve the condition of your wooden cafe furniture by a considerable amount and when first impressions count, then it could be advice worth following.

Here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane we stock a wide variety of commercial grade cafe furniture including wooden tables and chairs for you to browse and buy. To find out more check it out at www.cafefurniturebrisbane.com.au. Alternatively if you’re after a particular furniture type and you need help, then speak to our friendly and experienced team on 07 3205 1616 today. We’d love to assist.

Cafe Seating – If In Doubt Choose Classic

Crossback_bl01If you’re starting out from scratch or looking to upgrade your cafe furniture then choosing the style of your cafe furniture can be very daunting. Do you go modern, vintage, traditional or a mix of one or more styles? Naturally this is pretty much a case of personal taste and in part may also be dependent on whether your cafe building is contemporary or traditional. However, if you really can’t make up your mind what style of cafe seating to choose then we’d recommend choosing a classic design such as bentwood.

For those of you who know little about bentwood chairs, here’s a brief history.

Up until the industrial revolution furniture making was a long laborious task since it was all made by hand from natural materials with ornate carvings that represented the social and political mores of the times. As a result only the wealthy and royalty could afford it. All this was about to change, however, when Michael Thonet developed the bentwood chair. This chair was the first to be mass produced and totally changed the way in which furniture was made and distributed.

Thonet was an Austrian cabinet maker who spent his time experimenting with chair designs using birch rods bent into curvilinear shapes using steam. His chairs were unique and had gentle curves which at the time was different to anything else out there. Since his chairs were made from birch they were lightweight and durable and joined together with just a few screws as opposed to complex joints. Because of this they were able to be packed unassembled with pieces for several chairs packed in one box to save on shipping costs. I suppose you could liken this to the modern day Ikea flat pack furniture, that we’re all familiar with.

The bentwood design is timeless and the No 14 chair is still being manufactured today. It originally consisted of just 6 pieces of wood, 10 screws and 2 nuts although 2 more pieces of wood were later added to give it more strength.

We’ve got a variety of bentwood chairs with many of them having been given a modern twist. Take our light timber bentwood chair for example. This has been given a new look with two steel cross back straps which give it an edgy contemporary feel and a good contrast in texture between metal and timber. You may prefer our cross back bentwood metal chair in black which has been given a top rail and seat in light timber for contrast. If you crave more colour then take a look at our range of No. 18 steel cabaret chairs. The classic bistro chair, these are available in a wide range of vibrant colours and look wonderful paired with most tables. Whichever you choose, they’ll never go out of fashion and you can makeover your cafe simply by changing the colour of your walls.

In fact whatever your taste and budget, we’re pretty sure you’ll find a bentwood chair that fits in with your vision. Why not browse our online store for inspiration or call in to our Brendale warehouse to see our products first hand. If you need any more information then don’t hesitate to give us a call on 07 3205 1616.

Cafe Interiors – What’s Hot In 2016?

ribbon-green01If you want your cafe to stand out from the crowd it needs to do so for all the right reasons, especially when it comes to your décor. So with this in mind and as we’re one whole week into 2016, I thought that now was a good a time as any to take a close look at what’s hot in the interior design world right now!

Colour

The emphasis on colour this year is definitely on subtlety rather strong bold colours, so pastel shades are most certainly in. According to Pantone, the top colours this season include gentle hues such as such as rose, peach, and lilac grey. If you’re after more masculine colours then iced coffee and limpet shell blue are also very much en vogue.

Style

There are several styles that are hot right now and one of those is the feeling of serenity and calmness. This understandably echoes the softer pastel shade colours, so plenty of greenery from lush vegetation such as hanging plants and larger shrubs gives a great on-trend look. Another style that’s big for 2016 is retro. You’ve only got to look at the 70’s fashion that’s gracing the stores right now to realise that anything to do with the 70’s is in and that includes interior styling. Opt for chocolate browns, sage greens, and burnt oranges to create that retro 70’s cafe look.

Materials

Again to follow on with the gentle, spa-like theme, natural materials are so now. So in with materials such as cork, marble, wood, stone, and copper and out with man-made, heavily manufactured materials. However there is one exception – polypropylene. It seems that in 2016 we can’t get enough of it. Polypropylene chairs, polypropylene tables, and even polypropylene crockery will all be making a huge appearance this year.

Items

if there’s one type of item that’s set to epitomise 2016 and that’s artisan goods. From local pottery or sculptures, to tassels, crochet, and macramé, artisan is the hottest trend. For your cafe why not consider a Mongolian lambskin pouffe or a Moroccan rug next to a wooden coffee table? Or how about selling artisan foods such as jams and cakes?

If you’re looking to revamp your cafe interior to bring it right into the 21st century or are looking to open a new establishment then hopefully this will give you a guide as to what’s hot and what’s not in 2016. At Cafe Furniture Brisbane we supply a wide range of cafe furniture that can help to to achieve a look that’s bang on trend, so why not visit our website at www.cafefurniturebrisbane.com.au to see just what we have to offer. Alternatively if you’re in the Brendale area then why not visit our showroom to see for yourself first hand. Finally, if you’re just plain stuck for ideas then contact our experienced team on 07 3205 1616 who are only too happy to help.