Choosing the right colours to paint your walls

Choosing the right colours to paint the walls of your bistro is every bit as important as choosing the accompanying decor for your bistro. An obvious reason for carefully selecting the right colours to paint the walls of your bistro is in order to keep with or complement the theme that you have chosen for your bistro. There is little point in carefully choosing a theme and decor to match, if the walls of your bistro don’t marry in with that theme and help present a cohesive feel to your bistro. Ok, so you know that your wall paint needs to marry in with your theme. Now what? Well, there are other important psychological considerations involved in selecting the right colour wall paint. First and foremost you need to stop and take a moment to think about the kind of atmosphere you want to create in your bistro.

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Do you want to foster feelings of love, peace, excitement or opulence in your bistro? If so, then you should consider the following colour choices and the feelings commonly associated with them:

Red- Red is a colour which is often synonymous with passion and excitement. It is a bold choice which might be well suited to walls in a sports bistro where competitive sports are often shown on tv’s and used to evoke all those feelings that are attached to sporting prowess and passion for games. It is often used in restaurants and bistros which feature cuisine from other countries, particularly from cultures which are known to be passionate in nature.

Blue and Green- are synonymous with calm and serenity and are often used as wall colours in restaurants or bistros which are nautically themed or which have calm and laid back decors to match.

Black- is a very bold choice which is quite modernistic and which also can evoke feelings of opulence, particularly if paired with a gold or otherwise decadent decor. Black and in fact all dark colour do however create a feeling of enclosing a space and making it appear and feel smaller, so this may not be a good choice for a small Bistro which is already limited in space.

White- Is a popular choice for wall colours as not only is it cheap, widely available and complements most decor choices, it can help to create a feeling of a larger space.

Grey- All shades of grey and beige are a popular choice for painting bistro walls as these colours share the benefits of white coloured walls in that they are light enough to create a feeling of space, without feeling stark or clinical. Moreover, they complement most decor choices similarly to white walls.

Gratitude to removals and storage company

This post is a shout out to all removals and storage company around the country. The inspiration came from a close friend of our web admin Amy who was “rescued” by her local removals company after she was suddenly her real estate agent didn’t renew her rental agreement. Not only she had the heartache of finding a new place but she also had to find someone to help her move her belongings and put some in short term storage. It is an understatement to say that she was desperate for help. Especially when the news hit her unexpectedly.

But as luck would have it, there was a rental vacancy two blocks down. But what is even more astonishing is that she was successful in her application. For many of you out there, you probably know that securing a rental property in this age is usually painfully difficult. The simple fact is that there are usually more applicants than places available. So earlier on, all the stars were lining up for Amy.

Words got around the office about her situation and before you know it, she got a call from her local removals and storage company offering to help her out; albeit the very short notice given. Most of us were in the office when her phone rang. She was pretty much in tears after hearing the good news. To most people, it probably wasn’t such a big deal. But what you have to understand is that different people react and cope with certain situations differently. In short, we can’t judge people but instead we need to be more understanding towards one another.

Anyways, the removalists came in early Sunday morning to transfer her belongings to the new place. On top of that, the removals company also offered free short term storage for her. The following week, Amy told the rest of us here about her excellent experience with this local removalists company. About how understanding they were and how accommodating they were with her requests. After telling her story, she broke down and cried. This brought tears to a few staff there. Her story moved us so much that we decided to share it with our readers on this site.

If you have any similar stories like Amy’s please comment below and share it with us!

How to choose the decor for your bistro

There are many factors to take into consideration when designing and choosing the decor for your bistro. One of the first things you need to decide is what kind of ‘theme’ you want your bistro to have. Choose the right theme and then choosing the right decor to match that theme becomes a whole lot easier. But how do you choose the right theme for your bistro? Well, there a few things you need to consider. Firstly and most importantly, you need to think about who you your target clientele is. In order to work out who your clientele is, take a good look at your location.

Is your bistro located in an industrial area? If so, a sports bar themed bistro or bistro which is centred around serving good, hearty meals at reasonable prices, with a sold takeaway menu might be more appropriate. If, however, your bistro is located in a trendy up and coming neighbourhood with a younger demographic, a bistro that is rustic and minimalistic with a menu serving meals with a gourmet twist would be more appropriate (and successful) than a sports bar type of bistro. Likewise, a retro themed bistro might be an excellent choice for an area which would see lots of families as customers. Thinking about who your potential customers will be is crucial and it is important to not let your own personal preferences or biases cloud your judgement if your bistro is already located in an area with a certain demographic beyond your control. A good idea would be to form a focus group and have a small poll amongst friends and family of potential themes for your bistro.

Once you have chosen your bistro’s theme, choosing decor to match that theme suddenly becomes a whole lot easier. Recycled and retro items are very popular, even in modern themed, upmarket bistros. Mixing recycled or vintage pieces in with modern pieces can really give your decor an edge and create a unique feel to your bistro. A well decorated and themed bistro can be every bit as important as the food you serve, particularly in terms of drawing in potential customers from the street. A bistro with an inhospitable or unwelcoming vibe will only serve to turn customers away!

Keeping both the inside and outside clean

It has been a while since our last post, apologies as we were working on our other project. Anyways, we wanted to keep posting useful information to this site; in the hopes that it will grow to be one of the “go to” sites when it comes to top advice pertaining to the hospitality industry.

In our previous post, we talked about how important it is to keep your bistro clean with regards to keeping pests at bay. It can’t be stressed enough the importance of a hygienic eating place. Any sign of pests seen by the patrons is absolutely detrimental. It could make or break your business. Unfortunately, we have seen people close their business due to the negative public response after health officials declaring the place unhygienic.

It’s not just the inside of your premise, but the outside area also needs to be kept clean. This minimise the chance of pests entering the premise in the first place.

Keeping the outdoor area in tip top condition not only drive the pests away but it also attracts customers owing to its good look!

So how do you make it look good and make it pest resistant? The answer is liquid limestone blocks. Although it won’t be a 100% protection, for most places it would suffice. Due to their chemical composition, poured liquid limestone provides adequate protection against pest. It is also cool to walk on a very hot day.

Most people have never heard of liquid limestone, let alone know about their awesome features. Check out this website by SOS Liquid Limestone Perth in Neerabup (North of Perth), a company that has been operating for many years. Their website provide a good summary of what liquid limestone is all about. Believe us, you will be pleasantly surprised!

Apart from the benefits such as keeping the pests away and being cool to walk on, their sheer good looks alone will win people over. In fact, many people choose to install liquid limestone purely based on their looks and how it increases the value of your property – without even realising the “super powers” that it possesses.

Take a look at some real photos (courtesy of SOS Liquid Limestone Perth) and judge it yourself:

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Based on the photos above what do you think? Why not post a comment below and let us know your opinions.

Perhaps you have other ideas of making your outdoor area look good and repel pests. Let us know. Share it with other readers.

To finish off, we’d like to re-emphasis the importance of the outdoor area. As we sometime like to say, a little bit of work goes a very long way.

Keeping your Bistro clean

In any place that serves food and it must keep cleanliness at an optimum level at all times. It is good for everyone’s health and safety and not to mention for business.

In regards to pest control here are some things to consider;

1. Keeping your floors clean

Every insect be it a roach, ants or beetle, starts from the floor. They can come in from any crevice, door jam and even the boxes that you brought the food in with.

It is imperative that you clean the floor thoroughly at the end of each day. That includes getting under work counters, roller carts and anything that has a space smaller than a 1/4 inch.

Using a strong cleaner such as bleach or a heavy industrial product will work best. While it is has not been shown to deter pest with odor but it does the trick in disinfecting the floor.

2. Food kept locked tight

This can not be overstated. When you leave any fragment of food out or loosely monitored, it will invite unwanted creatures to seek a meal. Canned foods or items that come sealed are generally safe. Items that come in porous material, such as cardboard, needs to be sealed in airtight containers, sealed in zip tight bags or refrigerated.

3. Cleaning the cooking surfaces

Often time the most overlooked area of a kitchen is the cooking apparatus. Stoves, burners, flat griddles. These areas are. once cooled, havens for bugs of any kind and even rodents.

This part of cleaning is cumbersome with all it’s nooks and crannies. However a good industrial non flammable spray cleaner will do the job nicely. While it is common sense that the heat produced here will undoubtedly kill off most germs, it is the fact that when it is clean it will become an area pest are not interested in.

4. Taking out the trash

This simple task will go a long way in ensuring pest do not come into your kitchen. However don’t forget that the work put into the dining room is important too. Food falls from tables all the time and if this trach is not cleaned and removed then all your efforts in the kitchen will be in vain.

5. Set traps in known entry points 

Despite all your efforts the fact remains that pest will always try to enter the premise. During off hours we suggest this simple but effective trick.

They are inexpensive but fly paper or a product that comes equipped with trapping glue, works great at doorways from outside, small cracks in walls, in front of cold storage units, windows and wherever the trash is taken. Then when you are opening simply remove the traps, monitor the areas where there is more activity and take steps to address it. Which brings us to your last step.

6. Hire a professional pest control company

Hiring a pest control company to monthly maintain your food service outlet is the final defense against unwanted pest. They are trained to determine weak areas to shore up, monitor rodent activity,

A professional company will rotate their products to avoid bug immunity and also will know what is safe for food preparation areas.

They should have safe methods in trapping rodents or even larger animals in your trash area. Removing rodents effectively will insure your customers will want to patronize and enjoy your food.