Africa is many nations, all of them rich with history, natural beauty, and diverse cultures. Nations like Egypt and Morocco have contributed to the world’s historical, religious, and cultural legacy and have strong design legacies that appear often in restaurants. A more unique take on Africa for a restaurant is full of the sights, sounds, and tastes of Wild Africa.
A Horn of Plenty
Wild Africa is alive with the colors of nature – forest greens, savannah gold, and earthy browns. These colors also make for an exciting restaurant color palette when used. Wild Africa is rhythmic with the thump of a native music, monkeys in the trees, and trumpet of elephants calling in the distance. These sounds are mysterious, exciting, and electric. Most restaurants have elevator music softly playing for atmosphere. A wild Africa restaurant would have the sounds of nature echoing softly in its corridors and feature the sounds of popular African music.
Wild African Design Sensibility
A restaurant design based on wild African would be lush with tropical flora like rubber plants, banana trees, and palms. Some of its walls could be murals of large animal such as elephants, giraffes, and gorillas those size would echo the dominance of these creatures in their native homeland. African masks and sculpture would also make for interesting artwork and conversation pieces.
Lighting in a wild Africa designed restaurant would be gold hued and muted, symbolic of the sun which dominates the African plain and nurtures the lush jungles in its rainforests. This rich color palette is only matched by the intricate patterned texture of African fabrics. Hand dyed clothes like Batik and Kente cloth fills the senses with texture and abstract art design and would be appropriate as napkins, curtains, or furniture covers.
Rough hewn leather such as Ostrich could be used on restaurant furniture at the table or bar, as well as on walls as a different take on wall paper. Consider featuring framed animal hides such as zebra or lion which can add to the wild atmosphere. You might want to use fake skins so not to ruffle the feathers of animal activists.
Serving dishes and place settings would be made from wood which is the traditional material used in wild Africa. Grass cloth would be more appropriate in this space on tables as tablecloth instead of white linen in other kinds of restaurants.
A live caged bird at the reception desk such as a Cockatoo or Macaw would heighten patrons’ expectations of an unusual dining experience.