How to Decorate a Tavern


In the old days, taverns were the central drinking establishment because there weren't many other places to choose from. Nowadays, they're still a popular place to gather for people who enjoy a warm atmosphere of cheer and a low level of pretension. As with any public place, the key to creating an inviting spot is in the details.

Step 1

Choose a dark, rich color scheme that includes browns, taupes and greens instead of bright or white-washed colors. When paired with low lighting, a dark color scheme will create a warm, inviting atmosphere.

Step 2

Consider such features as stained-glass windows, arid scrubbed tables and wood paneling if you don't already have them in your tavern. These features add an old-style German feel, which people most often associate with tavern decor.

Step 3

Decorate with signs, both inside and outside. Many taverns hang a sing outside that shows off their own personal crest and often features a picture of a beer mug. Also, be sure to decorate inside with signs that feature colonial-style lettering and images that represent the tavern.

Step 4

Position candles or lanterns near each table. These offer an easy way to decorate and give off a warm glow that invites patrons to kick back and relax. Be careful utilizing open flames, however, if your patrons tend to get rowdy after a few drafts.

Step 5

Scatter antiques and collectibles such as cigar boxes, old jugs and pipes about the tavern. Be sure to keep smaller items out of reach from patrons who've indulged in a bit too much brew and might want to collect their own souvenirs.

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