Your pub furniture should be all things to all men (& women); it should be functional, comfortable, well made & beautiful.Luckily in Ireland we still have a thriving tradition of hand crafted, quality furniture manufacturers creating beautiful ranges of traditional & contemporary furniture. Good quality furniture should stand the test of time & to me it is a worthwhile investment as it will be one of the most used elements of your pub. Different types of furniture will set the tone for different areas of your pub e.g. dining specific areas although in an Irish Pub food is usually served in every nook & cranny, it's up to you whether you want to lounge around in comfy chairs or perch up by the bar counter!!
Different style of pubs have variations of different styles of furniture although they can be mixed & matched to a certain extent, traditional forms can also be brought more up to date by using more contemporary materials; contemporary furniture can look fantastic in traditional surroundings. Bespoke fixed seating can be specifically designed to fit into a cosy snug or add an area of interest to a seating area. It is important to have design direction for the installation of your furniture as it will be with you for many years to come. Hard wearing leathers especially on seats, if well maintained will age well you can also mix fabric e.g. hardwearing leather to seat pads & fabric to seat backs.Beautiful hand crafted furniture is like decorative art in a room, it adds function to a space whilst also giving it a personality, it should also offer comfort, a welcome & enhance the experience your pub offers.
Firelight will not let you read fine stories but it's warm and you won't see the dust on the floor...Old Irish Proverb.Lighting should create a warm ambience in you pub,it should be warm, cosy & inviting, be bight enough to read bar menus but not glaring, gentle effective lighting is the key.Getting the balance right is crucial as it sets the mood in the pub, lighting that is too bright does not create a relaxing atmosphere yet if its too dark it will create a gloomy tone.
Lighting in Irish pubs is mainly through pendants & wall sconce's, the bar is usually lit by means of overhead pendants which can be a feature in themselves.Make the most of natural light, glazed window screens between the pub window & interior can create a lovely effect, clever use of mirrors can help reflect natural light in dark corner of a pub. Keep downlight's to a minimum,maybe just to enhance the back bar & show off your top shelf Whiskeys.Again mirrors on a back bar help reflect light & light up the bar area. Bar lighting should where possible be adjustable to create different lighting levels throughout the day & take your pub from day to night time use.Like a lot of Irish drinks it should be gentle, mellow & warming!!
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