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.