More Americans dine out each week than participate in any other form of entertainment today. Americans now eat more meals away from home and dining has become what people do to relax, unwind or have a good time.

A trip to Europe proves the opposite. Meals there are served much later and have a more celebratory air about them. People are more involved in conversation and the dinner is more of an event than a way of life.

Sometimes food and service aren’t enough. Our taste is only one of our senses. People who dine out want to eat in an environment that is both welcoming and warm.

The interior design aspects used in restaurants differ from those designs used in homes and other businesses.

Interior designers use sight and sound which accompany the smell and taste of the food. Colors and lighting not only make the patron comfortable, they are designed to make the customer hungry.

Colors affect us physically and psychologically so often an interior designer is more apt to use a saturated red. It is a warm color and is the most energetic.

It is most often used in restaurants and even kitchens because red enhances food and makes us hungry.

Color is not the only aspect important in decorating a restaurant. Comfort is key. Plush, comfortable seating with a softer light will encourage people to eat more.

They find themselves comfortable and are more apt to relax, eat and drink more.