Summer might be drawing to a close but this is a really exciting time of year! There are lots of events coming up, including Halloween, Bonfire night and of course Christmas! So, it’s important that you make the most of your venue. Customers will be descending in their droves and if you don’t have sufficient contract furniture, including dining chairs, tables, or bar stools, you could be missing out on ample revenue…

So, how can you create a cosy venue this winter as well as making use of your outdoor space? The weather may be changing but that doesn’t mean you outdoor space should be entirely redundant…

How to create a cosy atmosphere

Lots of different elements combined can result in a cosy atmosphere. It’s important to think about every single element of your venue to ensure you’re enhancing your space properly:


Let’s start with the lighting in your venue. In general, there are three types of lighting:

  • Ambient lighting: the main source of light in room.
  • Task lighting: which allows your customers and staff members to perform functions.
  • Accent lighting: adds drama to your space.

Of course, low, warm lighting is the option for you if you’re looking for a cosy atmosphere. You can use low lighting and bright lighting but you must be aware of the different each can make. Low lighting creates an intimate atmosphere while bright and spot lighting makes customers feel isolated and separate from other guests. You might also want to consider candles and fairy lighting as part of your cosy display.

Furniture & accessories

It’s important that you buy restaurant dining chairs and furniture that suits your venue, style and brand. However, if you’re looking for an ultra-cosy setting, consider vintage and rustic woods, faux and real leather, velvets and coppers. Chrome and stark whites won’t help you achieve a cosy atmosphere but there are many more options when considering contract furniture.

It’s important to also think about the seat pads of your chosen chairs and sofas, do they look comfortable from afar? Choose chairs and stools with comfortable and soft seat pads so they look inviting and have your customers lounging for longer.

Along with lighting and furniture, we mustn’t forget accessories….it’s worth thinking about beautiful ornate mirrors, framed pictures, cushions and throws. Again candles, as we mentioned before, flowers and shrubs, rugs and curtains. There’s so much available when it comes to accessorising and married perfectly together, your venue will look absolutely stunning.

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The minimalistic approach can scream formal and cold, but get it right and you can still gain a warm and cosy atmosphere. A venue with too much clutter wont achieve cosiness and can be off putting to potential customers. Try and get the balance between colours, artwork and accessories to ensure you’re giving off the desired impression to you customers.


Many colours lend themselves to restaurant and bar areas. Essentially, in this area, you want customers to eat and drink and thoroughly enjoy the ambiance. Use light to your advantage and have brighter colours in small areas to give the illusion of more space. Be careful not to let in too much light because it will counteract the warm soft lighting.

A rustic and autumnal colour scheme including oranges, muted reds, browns and golds are all associated with warmth, joy and happiness so we closely associate them with comfort and relaxation but also stimulation and action. They can even stimulate appetite and also increase turnover rate and so are perfect for dining areas.

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How to create cosy Al Fresco dining this winter
There are many items to consider when thinking about your outdoor space, especially to make it work in the autumn, winter and spring months as well as summer. As always, ensure you measure your area first to make sure you know how much contract furniture you require. These measurements will determine what furniture you put in each space.

There’s a lot of materials to choose from for your outdoor restaurant furniture, including aluminium, rattan, wood and plastic. All of which can give off a cosy appearance. Plastic and aluminium don’t sound the cosiest but actually the finishes nowadays can look so similar to wood, that actually they really do look fabulous for this type of ambiance. Pair with cushions and blankets, candles, flowers and fairy lights and you have yourself an absolutely wonderful and attractive outdoor setting.

As you can see, there’s so much you can do to ensure your venue has a cosy ambiance, from lighting and colour schemes to restaurant dining chairs and accessories. Pair them perfectly together and you’ll make the most of this rather special time of year.