In this world of rush and run, time is everything. Planning an event is time-consuming. On top of that, a corporate event is not easy to plan. There are so many things to be kept in mind considering the precise nature of it. Unlike a party, the expectations are over the top high. It is much beyond getting a hall booked and arranging for a pleasant journey.
You may not be an expert in this field and figuring out how to make your event flawless should make you nervous. Do not worry; here are the tips you need to gear up for hosting a corporate event with the fantastic décor plans.
Get ingenious in your blueprint
The battle between trying to have an amazing venue and that too in a reasonable budget is always daunting. But if you can boost up your spirit of creativity, you can bring in a lot of eye-catching changes.
You do not have to put all your chairs and tables in a proper formal line just because it is a corporate event. Many times just random tables that too in odd shapes such as hexagonal looks gorgeous. You can also save a lot of space by not following a strict line.
Have you ever thought about have a podium at the center of the space rather than at one end? If you can raise your stage a little with a very regularized circular motion, there could be nothing more appealing than that.
You can also go pretty traditional with wooden tables or plain ones having handloom table cloths. If too much color is not your thing, then a black table cloth works just fine. Just try to have an arbitrary placement for them.
Where do people sit?
In a corporate event, it is given that there will be pretty long hours of sitting. You do not want your guests to keep standing. Just because it is a formal event, you do have to stick to the usual chairs or sofas either.
On one hand, where you have your traditional wooden or single colored tables, why not get some fantastic bean bags or bamboo chairs? They go perfect with formal events without making the entire décor boring.
For that extra comfort, you can add some puffed up cushions, matching your table cloth and there you have your entire seating arrangement done.
There must be social groups in your list like a family or an office circle. You can place the chairs in a manner that they do not get separated from each other and can have a good "team" time too.
Show off what you have at the table
No one likes an empty table unless it is for doing homework. Bring out all the cutleries and crockeries you have in stock for this event. A nicely set the table with table napkins folded perfectly shows your sincerity towards every detail. Be precise with your mats and coasters too.
A small bowl already filled with some packaged snacks would attract people. Do have your glasses set for the "drink while you listen" feel. For the non-drinkers, you can have a fancy pot and a box of an organic tea bag.
A centerpiece may cost a little, but it gives such an elegant touch to your whole event that you might consider getting one for each table.
Flower, flower, everywhere
Who doesn't like flowers? Get fake flowers that look real, but cost lesser and are durable. Silk flower arrangements are just what you need to take your formal event one step higher. There is no shortage of wholesale silk flowers and supplies. You can make your purchase as per your hall size at a cheap rate.
If having a centerpiece for your tables is something you do not wish to spend on, then replace that idea with high-quality silk flowers that will make your table look equally full and upmarket. Match the color of the flowers with your table mats, or even try out contrary colors.
Make it artistically corporate
How many times do we cross a market and stand at awe looking at some pictures we don't even know who clicked. Art does not always cost a lot but has an impact on everyone. Bring in those unknown sketches and graphics by the local artists and hang them all around.
Your art collection can be in alignment with the theme of your event. On the other hand, it can address some pressing social issue that gives a message to all. Make the event something more than what people came for.
Fancy pictures of children gazing the night sky near their thatched roofs, it may have no connection with your corporate event, yet it will mean something to everyone present.
Bring the day to light
No event is done in darkness. Lights are one of the main factors of any décor. A single system of light may not be enough for a corporate event.
The spotlight would be perfect for the central podium where all the display or the presentations will be happening. For the banners, uplighters can be used. Each table can have a lamp whose shade can be made from the Economics daily newspapers.
Do not stick to plain white lights. You can use a variety of colors depending on which light is placed where and solves what purpose.
Today we have lights that are connected to the speakers. Use modern technological advances to your profit.
One final tip
Plan your event. You may be super creative in your head building castles but arranging for the resources is essential so that the castle comes into existence
Just a breathtaking décor may not always be ample. Have some source of entertainment to keep your guests engaged. This could be a musician playing something in the beginning, or a cultural event at the end. Even a small documentary showing the success stories would be pleasing for all.
Destroy the notion that corporate parties are not fun!
Everyone's birthday is an extraordinary event in their life and planning and celebrating it, either for your child, or that special someone is as emotionally rewarding as it is fun. It is a means to come closer to them and show your love and affection.
Amongst all the excitement of the party, you need to choose a venue, plan about the decorations and prepare a guest list. Not to mention, the party foods and the activities and all of them under a budget. Whether you are a pro planner or just have scattered ideas, here's a guide on How to Choose the Right Decor for a Birthday Party.
Quirky Party Hats
Party hats are a must for a birthday party and everybody, irrespective of age, loves them. Although there are paper party hats available in your nearby store, do not just use them the way they are. Embezzle them by sticking glitters or rhinestones with fuzzy paperwork at the bottom.
You can also DIY them by using fabrics and scraps of cloth. Use simple techniques like a hot glue gun or a yarn pompom at the top.
A Balloon Backdrop Display
What party does not have balloons? None, right? Well, a party without balloons is downright boring. There's always a focal point at any party, and in case of a birthday party, it is the table where the cake is supposed to be put. The focal point niche of the party can be decorated with a perfect backdrop.
A balloon backdrop is an ideal choice for a birthday party. It is cheap, beautiful, easy to make and brings out the flavor of the birthday. Buy solid colored and patterned balloons and stick them on the wall behind the table. You may also use streamers and alternate the solid colored and patterned balloons. On the other hand, you can make a balloon garland using cheap materials like fabric and plastic tablecloths. You can make it a day before to save time.
A very unique and quirky idea would be a ribbon chandelier. They are versatile, rare and a great party addition. Choose a variety of ribbons- patterned, different widths, diverse colors and cut them up into a variety of lengths. Make them long enough so that they can flow and flutter in the wind and give a great visual addition to your party.
Choose a wire wreath and stick the ribbon ends one by one on both inner and outer rims. Choose the position of attachment onto the ceiling and hook it up.
Plants have always been a lovely addition to the eyesight. They bring out the elegance in any space. Create a charming and elegant addition to your party with artificial landscapes. While this may sound very corporate-y or commercial, hold your horses before you jump to any conclusion.
You can use artificial outdoor landscaping and nearly natural outdoor plants. On the other hand, you can put outdoor topiary in an urn. Light them up with some fairy lights wrapped around if it's an evening party. You may wrap streamers around it if you plan to host your party during the day.
Personalized Birthday Banners
Birthday banners are a must in any birthday party and your HAPPY BIRTHDAY banner for your ‘boo' will be the most notable addition to the party you planned for him. This would create a lasting impression on your guests as well, and if it is handcrafted, you are really up for a great treat later on (if you know what I mean).
Use sturdy cardboard and colorful papers. Cut them into a beautiful banner shape and paste it on the cardboard. You may either write the letters on the paper using a sketch pen or use a contrasting colored paper and stick it. Personalize it with themes from movies they love.
Party Cup Fountain
You might love the idea of a champagne fountain like those in a crazy rich party but have a budget of a plastic cup one. Well, put your thoughts into action and design an actual party cup fountain. It does not necessarily need to be a formal party to pull off such an idea. You can enjoy it with your friends in a casual setting as well.
Grab a kazillion (just kidding!) party cup and stack them, one above the other like a house of cards. Pour in your favorite assortments of drink like a lime mocktail or a mint cucumber one. Or use an alcoholic substitute for them or use beer.
College Down The Memory Lane
Bring some nostalgia to the party you planned by pinning up some photos. After a lovely experience what remains with us is a memory. And what can capture memories better than a photograph? Nostalgia on special occasions always opens up doors to another experience to cherish by and an evening to talk about them. It is still a visual treat for the birthday person as well as the guests who go down the memory lane reliving the moments that have passed by.
The good old days that you left behind with your school mates and the fun that you had with your college buddies all come alive with just a trifle of your party preparation. Pinup canvas sized photographs along with small group photos from your past life events and previous birthdays. Watch how an evening full of frivolity turn into a nostalgic conversation about all the stupid stuff that you did together and all the days of fun left behind.
Planning a party in itself is a very tedious task, and when it is topped with the excitement of hosting the party for your loved one, it becomes a stressful experience. It requires a lot of effort and even more amount of love and dedication. And the result is the happy smiling face of your beloved or the I-Love-You-Mommy look on your child. This is what the endless hours of planning and work are worth for.
Sitting inside the office for such long hours can be exhausting. It is not just the fingers typing, voices talking but also the brains continuously stimulating for a 100% productivity. It is rightly said that the corporate world is no joke.
Here are some fantastic tips that will help you make the king of the corporate world in terms of its décor and ambiance
Let your mission be on focus
Every company has its own mission to follow and goals to achieve. You need to remind all your employees about those without pushing them too hard. The best way to do that is having them displayed on large walls and bold figures.
Instead of having them closed up on the file, wallpapers with graphically designed mission statements will always remind every person in your company what their targets are.
It is always nice to use bright colors for the font. In fact, a combination of mixed colors will brighten the whole look of the office giving it an artistic side.
The arts and artisans
How to make the walls more attractive? Well, art is there in every lane. Contact some good local artists who have an excellent hand in painting and give them a platform of recognition.
These painting will come at a much cheaper rate, and you will be appreciated for this act of kindness too. Paintings that talk about social concerns portray your eagerness to be a good citizen.
You can also have various abstract painting on the wall complementing the base color of your wall panel.
Rug it up
The days of having concrete cubical to designate locations inside an office are almost over. With concepts like a shared office where a friendly atmosphere is encouraged, you do not want people to be divided by walls.
Rugs, because of their variety in dimension will give you the liberty to make an exact demonstration of your office partition without really having one. For every section, you can have a different colored or patterned rug.
For that heavy furniture in the office slide some rugs under them. On the one hand, you will have an accent to your corporate look; on the other hand, you will boost your flooring durability.
A sit and relax counter
After a few hours of tight sitting and working, the body needs some relaxation to get back in the battle. A small counter at one corner with plenty of games, magazines, music system, canvas and so on will let your workers ease up.
Just one whole rack of books from all around the world will not only help them loosen up but also keep them up to date with the global world.
Having some bean bags, recliners or even easy chairs are a nice change for a while. In this room, you can have bold printings on the wall mixing a lot of colors.
This is exactly like going on the playground after 5 hours of classroom study.
It is a team spirit
Let your workers know that their recommendations matter to your company. Every employee has a unique thought process. Having a space to let them out will not only make them feel stronger; you never know some great ideas can pop up for the benefit of the company itself.
A simple gesture like planners and boards on the wall for various thoughts on them gives a homegrown feeling. You can also have some markers with colors on them. Stickers and fancy magnets are also great for expressing feelings.
There is no better lightening than the rays of the sun. It has many health benefits, and a set of healthy employees is an asset for a company.
Lots of windows and glass doors allow sunlight to come and embrace your employees with brightness. You can also have windows that can open and along with sunshine some fresh air also peeks in.
What about nightlife?
While you have the sunlight for the day time, most companies have the trend of night shifts as well. So it is always better to have good lighting after sunset and for those gloomy days filled with clouds.
A well-lit office is an absolute necessity. Lots of lights on the ceiling and around each corner that does not have a battle with your wall panel should be given careful thought. Do not forget to have table lamps for perfect focus.
Also, remember those paintings you have? You can always have classy light above each of the paintings just to make them look more gorgeous.
A snack bar
Every company has a café or an eating area, so what will make yours so different? Bring in the health element to it. The menu can be all about having lots of salads and gluten-free items. Put the menu out on a chalkboard display with a “Today’s Health Tip.”
You can play around with the seating arrangement in this place. There is nothing formal about a café. You can also have the option of a mini kitchen where your employees can quickly prepare their own food.
A natural workspace
How about along with sunshine we also set up some trees and plants around? There is no harm with greenery along with cabinets and files.
It is a fact that the bird of paradise flowers are a symbol of merriment. What better element does your office need? If the office size is too small, then you can always have a bird of paradise flower pictures.
Instead of having just random green trees and flowers, having a theme like a bird of paradise flowers in many varieties will show how exotic your office décor is.
So what is next?
A good office is one where you feel like giving your time just beyond the remuneration. At the same time, you also need to ensure that your clients who come for a business get that positivity and home-like feeling.
After you have all your décor ideas in place, all you need is an excellent management team, and there is no stopping from here on.
Who does not like to attend a party? Well everyone does. But the time of thinking comes when you have to plan for one. That is where you are the one trying to satisfy everyone who comes in with a bunch of expectation of having a good time.
Depending on the venue and your budget there will be some restrictions on the décor of a party. But you can swoop in the new style of minimalism, save your money and yet be the best host ever. It is all about creativity.
Here are the tips you can use to decorate a party hall under your budget.
Drape it up
Fabrics can do wonders. You can keep a formal theme or even a fancy one. Just by changing your drape style you will have the power to change the mood. A same decked-up look on the décor with just some fabric purchased in bulk.
White fabric is for elegance, while red is for love, yellow can be a total springtime celebration. There are so many options in fabric that you can never run out of.
Even printed fabrics look amazing if you can match it up with the wall panel.
Where to sit?
It’s a party, and you will have people coming for a long time which means there have to be proper seating arrangements. This does not mean you have to buy even to rent those costly furniture.
Simple plastic chairs can be given a fantastic look by twining them with jute ropes and adding some color. Ever thought of having fun bean bags in a party hall? The whole bunch of youngsters is going to fall in love with the idea.
If you are the more formal type, then add wooden benches and paint them black. Black blends in with all occasions.
Pillows for pleasure
Now that you have your seating arrangements done to give that extra sense of comfort bring in some fantastic pillows. You can actually make them using old tattered clothes or even stuffing beans inside. Or else they are easily available at any bedding store.
Patterned fabric covers for pillows will make even a boring bench look totally approachable. Add the color of festivity if you are someone who loves single-color decors.
A smart escort board display
In the party you want people to blend in and have a good time with each other. Avoid the whole confusion of “ Who goes where.” Organize it smartly.
Escort tables can cause guests squinting looking for their tables. Why not have an escort board that gives the seating arrangements and displays it right at the entrance of your party hall.
Let there be nature
A party is meant to be chaotic no matter how formal it is. Amidst this, the only way you add a slight touch of calmness is by embracing natural elements. Also, it is an excellent addition to the thematic party décor.
Suspending pieces of bamboo palm a few feet above the dinner plates is a fun way to have some green around. The benefits of bamboo palm are that it is although it is not real bamboo, it just gives a near perfect effect.
Let us go to the old school
Gone are the days of having names and theme of a party decorated with flowers and glitters. There are so many different ways of having the theme displayed cost-effectively.
Chalkboards are a nifty style to decorate the entrance of a party. Customize it by taking some unutilized plank frame and put some paint on it to suit the total decor. Adorn it with a bamboo palm garland and chalk your way through.
Even cutting from various newspapers and magazines can give you all the letters you need to play with.
Time for some light
The easiest way to heighten up your party is by having perfect lighting. Do not overboard with having too much light. It will just take away all the other efforts you will be putting in the décor.
Minimalistic light can be achieved by having lamps around. Paper lamps can be easily made using handmade papers. Glass bottles also work as beautiful lamps.
You can even hide the chords by wrapping them around with some residues from the bamboo palm leaves.
Colorful glassware for tables
Instead of exhausting your entire party hall décor budget on buying expensive centerpieces, you can rent some multi-colored glassware and pop up the tables quickly.
To further cut it down, Glasswares can be made pretty effortlessly. Wineglasses can be painted with some graphics and glitters. Put in beautiful pebbles and stones inside and tadaah! You have your own DIY glassware.
Place a patterned table runner underneath the glassware and spacing them out.
Pictures for reference
Every party has a celebration motive behind it. For an easy conversation starter create a wall of the picture for the host family or a bunch of close friends and foes. Anything that is closest to the party cause can go up on the wall.
A simple mount board decorated with flowers will be an excellent base for the pictures. Big stones can be the perfect stand for the royal wall.
Everyone is dressed up for your party. They have taken out time from their busy lives to look amazing. They deserve a backdrop for all those poses and selfies.
Think about materials that are easily customizable, options such as tassels, balloons, paper flowers and stick them on a large pegboard. Let your studio be the focal point of the party.
Now there should be no confusion on how can you have a party décor that is not just fun but also accurate. It cannot get any simpler. Do not hesitate to use your imagination. It is a party, the best place where every oddity will be appreciated if painted in a smart way.
In this tech-freak era, don’t let the tedious and uneventful workplace affect your productivity. Contemplating the amount of time the employees spend in the office, it is only fair that the workplace is congenial and quintessential. Now would be an opportune moment to refurbish your office space and make the ambiance work-friendly. Apart from the expertise and mastery in his field, the interior designer you hire is also expected to take into account your office culture and requirements before making the prerequisite changes. Not only will you two have to share a good rapport, but also ensure you have parallel ideas.
Here are the 8 questions you should ask your Interior designer for your office makeovers.
How can you make this project economical?
Accept it! Office makeovers won’t come cheap, but there is always a scope for a good bargain. The most significant and conspicuous element of any project is obviously the ‘budget.’ Reaching on an agreement with the budget is an indispensable part of the outset of your project. A set budget gives the green light to the designers to decide whether to revamp the place from scratch or alter some elements of the space like the colors, layout or the wallpapers. A little color, here and there, go a long way in bringing novelty to your place.
What would be the estimated time needed to complete the project?
Well, as the saying goes, time indeed is money, thus, setting a target date for the cessation of the office makeover is obligatory. Ensure you are in a transparent relationship with your designer. Savvy the fact that office makeovers are going to be a noisy business, making relocation of the office an inevitable and also a pricey occurrence. Also, having a deadline will act as a spur for the clients and the interior designers to make the project smoother, disciplined and well-timed.
What is your procedure of communication?
Do not underrate the possibilities of confusion! Talking about your preferences ahead of time than in the midway of the project makes a sea of difference and will save you the disputes. Keep the process of communication crystal clear before you launch the project. A direct correspondence between your decorator and you avoids any possible miscommunication. Considering the fact that there will be a lot of aspects to discuss like the fabrics, color schemes, floor plans, etc. it would be ingenious to have decided a conventional form of communication.
What theme would you like to incorporate in the office?
Get over the clichéd interior patterns with the mundane chairs and glassy decors. Believe it or not, your office decors have to do a lot with employee productivity and positivity. Every office has its own culture and essence which should get reflected in its interiors. Make sure you and your designer are on the same page when it comes to deciding on a theme. Your interior designer should have a fair idea of which theme is to be incorporated in the office. Assimilating fragments of nature in your office will help keep the atmosphere crisp and fresh.
You can propose unique office décor accessories to your designer to make your office plush and dynamic.
How can you make the place more conducive to work for the employees?
Don’t forget, the ambition of the re-designing is not just making the office plush and sophisticated, but also making it employee-friendly. The environment of your office is an instrumental factor that helps boost productivity. Let the redecoration be such that it offers privacy to the employees while working. Along with making it re-equipped, allow your interior designers to make your space comfy and chilled.
The age-old belief of embracing green is sure to improve positivity at your workplace. Pitch in the idea of artificial topiary balls to your designer to add just the right tinge of green to your place.
How much of the existing interiors can be retained to build the new one?
This, dear client, better be communicated with your designer! Of course, a lot of factors regarding the old décor should be considered, but you always ask your designer to assess the existing furniture. Having used the existing office décor for an extended period of time, you too have a fair idea of which items are sturdy and feasible to reuse, so, don’t be shy to chip in the idea of using the three R’s, that is; reduce, reuse and recycle. This would be a brilliant idea to save money and time.
What will make the place more storage efficient after remodeling?
Let’s face it, and the struggle is real! Making your office classy, comfy yet storage efficient sounds like a real herculean task but it is not exactly impossible. An office space implies the undeniable fact of quantitative stock and accumulation of things. Thus, while focusing on making your space aesthetic, make sure your interior decorator doesn’t turn a blind eye to its storage efficiency. It is important that you communicate your storage needs with your decorator and if they appreciate a little of client involvement, you can always nudge your ideas to make your place innovative yet spacious.
What can additional amenities be added in the existing space?
Last but not least; ask your decorator what more facilities can they provide in the existing place. What’s the point of a redecoration if there are no new add- ons! Let your redecoration save some space for the employees to socialize and relax. Commercial plantscapes, fitness rooms or cafeterias are some of the elaborate amenities that can be provided which will maintain a work-life balance in your office.
Your office interiors are trusted to reflect your office culture and enhance productivity. Refurbish your office in accordance with the new demands of the new generation. Give an insight into your choices to your interior designer and trust them to make your place happy and healthy to work in.
The first impression is the last impression. Like smile is the greeting for a person, the lobby is the welcoming sign for a hotel. A hotel lobby needs to embody personality. Hoteliers need to select a single lobby theme and design that is in line with the rest of the hotel.
The experience of a guest starts the very moment they walk in the door. You certainly want the right kind of vibe they get from your chosen design. There is a reason why hotel lobby has transformed into the centerpiece of a hotel. It speaks for itself.
There are so many considerations so ensuring a good design that fully functions should be prioritized. Here are our top tips for making your hotel lobby look fabulous:
An integrated layout
Have a lobby that welcomes your guests. It needs to encourage them to sit at ease and spend some leisure time. This will generate positive feedback.
Instead of having a traditional front desk, take advantage of footage or area the lobby has, providing a comfortable common space for all guests.
Do have plenty of electrical sockets and USBs, its an age of social communication through media.
A business section
A small business counter with a printer and WiFi can be included in the hotel lobby rather than in a separate business center. Let people make their deals in your lobby.
There needs to be tabloid around this section.
Make your wall a map
Information about all the interesting things to see around the area should be on clear display. A graphic design on the wall with the lesser-known local recommendations or even the best of the places to visit can be on the wall.
If you are transportation facilities for all the tours, there can be no better place than a lobby to display that feature too.
Complement the look with plants
The parlance of advantages that links up with indoor plants is huge. You may not always be able to catch hold of aesthetically charming plants, but you sure can get the feeling of lesser pollution and freshness.
Invite some big purple flowering trees, or even tiny flowering trees all around. In fact, even your staffs who actually work day in and day out to maintain the standard and integrity of your hotel deserve to have a good aura around.
White flowering trees have a great “beach-like” effect in mind. It is fantastic for the well-being of your guests too.
The utmost comfort
After a busy day, probably a rough flight, all the guests want is to come to the hotel and just relax. This starts with comfortable furniture. While you definitely want your furniture to be all filled with the cushion it needs to be attractive too.
Having separated seating sections is a good idea so that an individual traveler does not have to sit with a whole family and feel out of the box.
A very soothing wall panel will enhance the whole look of your lobby. Leather wall panels are in high demand. There is nothing that can surpass its classy looks.
You can also choose to have a complete wood wall panel to along with your furniture set to give it a home-like feeling.
Love is in the air
Your décor with the desired mood for your particular clientele. Create some romance with aromatic incense, roses and mood lightening. Let there is love flying in the air.
Time for a message
A spa zone would totally serve couples, families and stressed business people. After a fantastic outing or even a tough journey, nothing feels better than a good massage and some nice aroma.
Setting up a spa zone tucked away in a corner would be your best seller.
Let’s eat and drink
You want your visitors to sit and relax? Nothing encourages them more than food and beverages. So consider having things to munch on and gulp it in your lobby space.
Try and incorporate a touch of the homegrown culture- that’s why people travel after all. Also, do not place the bar totally isolated from the main center of the lobby. No good story starts with, “So, I had a glass of water in my hand.”
A mini mall
Tiny retail shops displaying everyday products like soaps, shampoos, lotions and so on will help your guests avoid the rush outside for little needs.
Handicrafts like handmade bags, clothing, hats, belts are perfect for a good sale and time pass for the guests. Even jewelry is a great idea to have all the feminine eyes meet the store.
Entertainment section for all
Music is something everyone enjoys. Cultural events in the lobby are a big hit. You can either choose to have live music in the evening or play some melody around. Traditional instrumental music shows your connection with the place.
Board games are perfect for keeping the children glued to one place. For the adults, you can always have a deck of cards.
To end it we need a big TV with a uniform channel for all age groups and sections.
For the book worms
For those who want some time off with their books and knowledge have a small reading section with a combination of a variety of books from all around the world.
This is also your best opportunity to bring in your own magazines and brochures. A kid’s section will make almost all parents happy.
So what’s next?
Lobby marks as an essential place. A lot of walks in and out happens in a single day. It signifies the tone of your entire hotel so setting things right in terms of décor should be your precedence while planning the setup.
There are many things that one single lobby incorporates. But keep in mind you do not want to be clustered and make anyone feel claustrophobic. You may have many ideas in the head, but not all will go along with the rest of the hotel. Choose wisely!
Seeing red with anger? Having Monday morning blues? Looking for a golden opportunity? Feeling blue? Are you green with envy? Yes, colors have a significant impact on our physical, emotional and mental well-being.
Ancient civilizations in China, India, and Egypt have been known to follow color therapy even before the birth of Christ! Colour therapy was a widely followed healing practice in these civilizations.
Today color therapy is also known as light therapy or chromotherapy. Chromotherapy is the science of using colors to improve our physical, emotional and mental health. It offers simple solutions to have lasting effects on not just being fit physically but also improving productivity, efficiency and happiness.
Over the years, researchers, psychologists, doctors, interior designers, architects, and employees have realized the physiological and psychological benefits of chromotherapy. Nowadays, color therapy is used not just in homes and mental clinics but is also used in schools, colleges, hospitals, and offices. Interior designers are now taking special care to incorporate color schemes in offices to enhance employee productivity, efficiency, and general health.
Let’s have a look at the colors that experts and color therapists recommend for offices and business spaces. And here’s an easy guide to implementing these recommendations.
The Red Family:
Brighter colors simply make our life more colorful! Brighter colors have a positive effect on health and mental wellbeing. Colors such as red, orange, yellow are widely used in places with grey and dreary weather to create a vibrant atmosphere. Companies have reported greater motivation and spontaneity in areas with bright colors. No wonder why the ubiquitous “post-it” notes are always in bright pink, orange, and yellow color!!
Simply changing the grey and dull walls of the conference room to a cherry red will transform the mood of the space. Interior designers also recommend using paintings, artifacts, and sculptures with bright tones in conference rooms, thinking zones and dull corners of the office.
Cheery yellow and orange are also widely recommended for the office kitchen and café. A lot of offices also use these peppy colors for crockery, cutlery and even for paper napkins. Indeed a very ingenious way to literally brighten up things!
While brighter colors are preferred for day-time spaces, the color blue is recommended for night shifts. Saturated shades of blue have been known to develop alertness, especially for people working nocturnal hours.
Along with helping to improve focus, the color blue has always been associated with a sense of peace and tranquillity.
The blue space can be created in several easy to implement ways. Other than painting blue walls, offices use ‘blue’ lighting to help improve efficiency and alertness during night hours. The color blue is often known to be cold and depressing, so it should be used with caution.
Did you know that’s the origin of the phrase blue-collared job? Workers working in factories or industries which have repetitive task are assigned blue work clothes to help improve on their focus levels and efficiency.
Parking areas are also preferred to be painted in light blue shades. It helps to calm down the mind after a long day at work and reduce stress levels of tired workers.
The Green Zone:
The color green is a symbol of nature. The color green brings to our mind images of green English meadows, deep green of the Amazon forest, the dull green of Mediterranean olives, the cheerful lime green, bright parrot green, or fresh mint green. Greens are used to give indoor environs a feeling of outdoor and natural spaces.
Like nature, the color green is the color meant for relaxation. It’s widely used in common-areas of offices, educational institutions, and even hospitals.
The easiest way of creating a green landscape within commercial spaces is by installing green planters in the office space. Green plants will not only enhance the aesthetic value and mood of the office but also act as natural air purifiers.
Different plantscape products can also be used to create a natural environment. These artificial indoor trees are easy to set up and can be maintained without the need for active gardening. Fake plants and trees are suitable for outdoor as well as indoor use. You may even consider installing fake flowering plants to enhance color requirements based on color therapy—red flowers for spontaneity, yellow flowers for happiness, white for peace, etc.
In the olden days, purple was one of the most difficult colors to produce. The dye for making the color could only be made from a sea-snail which was found in the waters near modern-day Lebanon! No wonder, it’s been always considered a color meant for royalty. It exudes wealth, elegance and luxury.
Purple is widely used in the fashion industry, lifestyle and luxury products business. However, care should be taken while using this color since it can also be dark and depressing if not used correctly. An art installation as a centerpiece in the office created in this royal shade is a unique office décor idea by which designers incorporate the purple color without over-doing it.
Shades of purple and lilac are also widely used for cubicle décor of women entrepreneurs or for offices whose employees are predominantly women.
A lot of offices, stores, and commercial spaces, opt for creating a temporary break to the monotonous office atmosphere, especially during festive seasons. Holiday decorations, Christmas decorations, Easter decorations, Hanukkah decorations, and Thanksgiving decorations are found in most offices today.
With festive decorations come the colors of festivity – the colors of joy, enthusiasm, and happiness!! Offices are decorated in color schemes to match with celebrations. With the advent of Christmas, offices are decorated with red-green combinations of Christmas trees, stockings, stars, wreath and lights for Christmas. Orange pumpkins and black witches are the leading themes during Halloween.
The renowned poet Oscar Wilde said, “Mere color can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways!” Truly color therapy helps in speaking the language of the soul. By making the right choice of different colors, you are sure to beat your Monday morning blues!!
All cultures around the world have different rituals for dealing with death, but each one has something, whether it’s a burial or a cremation or more esoteric means of saying goodbye to a loved one. If you’re planning for a funeral after the death, the decor plays a huge role. It must be appropriate for the sentiments while helping the guests mourn and feel less devastated by the death. Here are 10 appropriate decor ideas for a funeral -
Select an appropriate theme
Think of a theme that is fitting for the funeral, based on the things that the deceased person liked or did. If he was a musician, have music-themed decor. The traditional plain black decor can be depressing and doesn’t help the guests feel any better about the grief and remorse they are dealing with or lift the spirit of the place.
Think of unique memorial ideas
Try to come up with unique ideas to remember the deceased person who the funeral is for. You can make an elegantly decorated memory board for guests to share snippets of their personal memories about the deceased. Hang out floating balloons with chits of paper attached where guests may write messages for the dead and release them to the sky outside.
Be creative with memorial ideas, and you can be sure that the morose and depressive mood of the funeral will be slightly lifted, and the grieving friends and family of the dead will feel slightly better and find it easier to make peace with the death.
Arrange a large and creative photo display
Photographs are the most common object for all funerals, as they are the strongest way to remember the deceased person. To make your loved one’s funeral special, you should be creative about the displaying of pictures. Make a large display board with many photos, detailing the entire deceased life from childhood to the last picture taken before his or her death.
Make a picture journey for those guests who knew him briefly to find out about their whole lives. You can include small captions about where or when each picture was taken, and if there was a special occasion for the picture. Some must have baby pictures, important birthdays and anniversaries, graduation pictures, wedding pictures, significant achievements, etc.
Say it with flowers
Flowers are also an integral part of funerals across all cultures all over the world. From floral arrangements, bouquets, wreaths, and garlands to full flowering bushes, hedges or plants and outdoor trees and topiaries, greenery helps present a cheerful yet non-intrusive mood. From the caskets and pictures to the walls of the hall and the outdoor burial site, flowers can be used everywhere.
If your budget is tight for too many real flowers, an excellent option for you might be artificial silk flower bouquets or artificial flower arrangements. There are many ways to incorporate artificial flowers and plants in your funeral, like garlands and bouquets or artificial hedges or faux topiaries shaped like objects dear to the deceased.
Make the colors and lighting somber yet not depressing.
The color schemes used for the drapery, tablecloths and other decor items should be well suited to the event. Very bright and gorgeous colors should be avoided, for example, deep reds as these colors are associated with happy and cheerful events like weddings and birthdays. Red is especially bad as it may create associations to blood, something you do not want at a funeral.
Light yet uplifting colors a good idea, such as pinks, lavender, light yellows, and blues, etc. Too much black, while traditional, can become too depressing and increase the feelings of grief and remorse in your guests. Similarly, the lighting should not be too frivolous or bright, but not so dim as to make the place look gloomy or dark.
Create a space for guests to share
Consider having an area in your funeral hall with plenty of communal sitting arrangements, for example in a circle around a small display of pictures and articles belonging to the deceased where guests can take time to sit and reminisce about the deceased and share their individual memories with each other. This can be a great way to relieve some grief for the guests.
Make the belongings of the deceased items of decor.
Another unique and creative decor idea can be small vignettes made from the articles treasured by the deceased. Hang up some of their favorite clothing here and there, ones they used a lot and may bring memories back to the guests. Make little displays of their favorite articles, like a guitar or a bicycle or something they made or a collection they kept.
Have a customized casket
If you’re going for burial, an important part of the funeral is the casket. All eyes will be on the casket, so go all out on getting a unique casket that is customized to the deceased person. If they loved racing, think of a casket shaped like a race-car. If they were avid gardeners, adorn the casket with flowers. Again, you can use artificial flowers made of silk or artificial flower bouquets for this if you want to save on cost.
Going for a generic casket can make the funeral far less memorable. If it an open casket funeral, you can also include decor inside the casket, and in the clothing of the corpse. Generally, people choose the favorite clothes of the deceased.
Make keepsakes that incorporate the ashes of the deceased.
If you’re going for cremation, a new modern trend is to make small keepsakes that incorporate the ashes of the deceased into them. Common examples of this are glass or acrylic items like paperweights, pendants or show-pieces which have a small number of the dead person’s ashes injected into them during the manufacturing process.
Have a memorial service booklet
Make a small booklet for the guests to receive at the beginning of the service or ceremony. It can contain the order of the day’s events, a small section on who the person was and what his life was like, maybe some anecdotes or memories written by other close members of his family or close friends, etc. It gives the guests something to take home with them, and instructions about the proceedings at the same time.
It is never easy to deal with the death of a loved one, and funerals are designed to help the mourning people cope with the loss and have a way to accept it and move on. Choosing the right kind of decor can help with this just as much as bad decoration can hinder it, so follow these tips and make a good thing out of a bad situation.
With a constant increase in workload and barely any personal time, juggling family and work is becoming a hefty task for employees. Corporations, in their efforts to make work productive and value-adding for employees, are keen to adopt parent-friendly measures, one of them being office creches.
Crèches are ideal for boosting productivity and heighten a sense of loyalty at work. Setting up such a creche can be a tricky business as one does not only have to cater to the needs of kids, the design has to fit into the ambiance and surroundings of the company in the best possible way.
Take care of all the factors and necessities before setting up a creche in an office, and a prior understanding helps in making the task less demanding. Here are 8 steps to help you set up an appropriate creche for your employees’ kids.
1. Survey the Employees
Understand the requirements of the employees before planning a workplace creche. Eventually, your ideas for the creche have to resonate with those of the employees. Conducting a survey would give you clarity regarding the number of children expected in the complex and the area and resources required to cater to them. Also, the average age and gender ratio of the employees’ children would be a big deciding factor in the layout of the creche. Make sure the responses collected from the survey are properly documented.
2. Choose a location
The location of the creche within the office is a critical decision and should be thought through. It is essential, that the location is at a decent distance from the main working area, making sure that there is no disturbance to the employees of the company. It will be ideal if the complex is soundproof. If there is a lack of space within the office, then renting a nearby space can also be an option.
3. Get licenses
Get cognizance of the legal procedures before setting up a creche facility in office. There are various departments of the administration involved in the certification of a creche. It is important to know about these procedures by visiting the local municipality given that law and order can vary from place to place.
The most common legal documents you need for setting up a daycare service are certifications from the health department, fire safety department and the education department. There might also be a requirement of site visits from many departments for inspections to make sure everything is in order.
4. Find the perfect staff
Finding the perfect staff is one of the most crucial steps in setting up a workplace nursery. Find trained child caring professionals who not only can be responsible but also provide brain gym activities for the children. Consider their skill, knowledge, and attitude before making appointments.
Background verification of the staff from a professional is pivotal as any misconduct can damage your reputation and bring lawsuits. Also, take care of the ratio of children and childcare professionals. Appointment of one crèche personnel and one helper for every ten children for the age of three and below is mandatory in many states.
5. Make the creche safe and comfortable for children
Making the onsite daycare safe and comfortable for children, reflects the effort on the organization’s part in providing quality services to the employees. There are a lot of things to take care on this front. The establishment should be baby proof, and onsite medical facilities should be provided.
There should be Focus on creating proper evacuation plans in case of an emergency and proper training of the staff to execute them. Give special attention to food quality and hygiene in the establishment. Also, every establishment must adopt a child protection policy to prevent any form of child abuse and install cameras on the daycare site.
6. Create a sanitation and breastfeeding station
Understand the importance of creating a well-equipped sanitation and breastfeeding station. Setting up a diapering area that is safe and comfortable for children as well as convenient for the caretakers, adds value to the creche. Extra diapers and baby wipes should always be present in the complex and proper measures for their disposal should be taken. While designing the breastfeeding station, make sure you make it comfortable for the mother. There should be a nursery chair, soft and breathable maternity and nursing pillow, nursing pads and Night lights in the establishment.
7. Choose the correct toys
Pick toys and stationery which encourage development in children and help them grow. It is pivotal to take the age group of children into consideration when picking out toys. While toodles might prefer climbing equipment, preschoolers would be interested in puzzles, books, and toys. Look at the safety instruction on each toy and stationery packaging before purchasing. The toys, stationery and other materials should be of high quality and not extremely complex. Avoid toys which have sharp edges and small parts as children are prone to injuries and swallowing parts. Also, Try and avoid propelled objects and electric toys as much as possible.
8. Get the decor right
Focus on the decor of the creche and make it as child-friendly as possible. Look out for different kinds of artificial plants and flowers online. You can explore various options to incorporate in the establishment such as green topiary balls, artificial boxwood shrubs, artificial plants with pots or even artificial hanging baskets with lights to make it livelier. Try to make the walls bright and colorful and make sure the color scheme complements the furniture and other accessories in the room.
If you intend to put forward the proposal for creche to your employees, make sure you go through all the procedures carefully to avoid any possible glitches. Talk to someone who is successful in setting up an onsite creche and learn from their experiences. Don't hesitate to make changes in the original plan as you move forward with your vision.
A good and well organized public library is the best place to please the intellectual and literary intelligence of any person. Some books are so expensive that they are out of reach of the common man. Schools and colleges today encourage referencing rather than buying course books. And then there are book worms always on the lookout for a cozy, well equipped, and systematic reading joint.
Read on how to transform the décor of a public library. Give it an intellectual look and a classy new appeal.
The most important area of a Public Library is the Record Keeping section. You need to have systems for the Inventory of books and periodicals available at the library. This will not only help to keep track of the property but also help to locate books for readers. You can track which books are issued, when, and to whom. Do a topiary décor near the corner where you place the computer and other peripheries like a printer and maybe a shredder too.
The librarian can be seated here, which is usually near the entrance of the hall. Liven up his domain with interior landscapes and interior landscaping ideas.
A library has to be well equipped with reading and reference materials in as many genres as possible. There will be material on the news, information, entertainment, science, fiction, nature, cooking, astrology, housekeeping, medicine, and many more. Store and stack the books in neat and well-organized cabinets up to a good height. Place some ladders and stools at various places for people to reach out to the top shelves.
You can have a combination of open and closed shelves to stack up and display the books. These days there is a vast variety available with curved, semi-circle, zigzag, and straight cabinets. The different shapes and sizes help to break the monotony of the room and make it less annoying too.
These shelves should be labeled for convenience as it is the most frustrating and challenging task to look endlessly for books of your choice and need in a library. Shelves and Cabinets should be dust free too. Place lots of colorful and bright faux plants and trees near the storage units. This helps to brighten the drabness of the wooden or steel exteriors. You can even go in for storage cabinet panels in various colors for various sections. Fix led lights inside shelves to light up the area.
Displays in a classy library could be charts, posters, relevant paintings, and other wall art. Display the rules of the library, frame them, and then hang them up in a couple of places. This would include the entrance, the reading section, and the reception area. Along with this, you could frame and hang important and trendy clippings from newspapers, artwork encouraging reading, benefits of reading, correct reading postures, and much more. Hang a couple of large wall clocks so that the visitors are aware of the library timings too. A couple of quotes on knowledge and reading books would be a good thing.
Lights and Ventilation
The library should ideally have large French windows for maximum natural sunlight to enter. You could fix etched glass panes or stained glass ones too. There should be enough fresh air in the hall. Open up the windows during the day to air the room, the shelves, and the books. This will prevent the musty smell from settling into the room. Ensure that the fans are noise free and in plenty. Sweltering summers could be the worst time for students to come in to study for long hours at the Public Library.
Fix led bulbs inside the shelves and cabinets. Have adequate lighting, but not the harsh naked bulbs which hurt the eyes while reading. You could place some elegant and classy tall and short reading lamps at various places. Place some planters with artificial tropical plants or artificial spiral topiary trees to bring life to the area.
A library is not just a storehouse of books, magazines, and periodicals. It is a haven for book lovers. So, extra care should be taken to make them sit comfortably and enjoy that reading or reference section. Bring in a variety of seating arrangements in the library. Place some single seaters, dual seaters, and long benches too. These days you will find that people like to sit on colorful bean bags, sofas, easy armchairs, and recliners too while relaxing and reading a book.
Place some comfortable and cushioned seaters too. Most people like to sit upright and read. There should be high tables to match these upright chairs too. Make arrangements for small and large groups to sit. You can have rows and columns as well as scattered seating depending upon the space availability. Make arrangements for readers to use a writing table too.
Make sure that the flooring is anti-skid and noise resistant. There will be a large number of footfalls in the library with people walking in and out daily. A floor which rebounds with the sound of the shuffling feet or high heels is very disturbing. Maybe a running mat or carpet could be placed in the common passage or walking paths. But, take care to dust and clean the mats as this would otherwise encourage the library to be dirty and musty. Place a foot mat at the entrance so that readers clean their footwear before entering the sacred hall of learning. Place some colorful planters with artificial tropical trees and plants along the way.
Plants and Nature
There is nothing like a bright room with some greenery in it. It refreshes a person and creates a very stress-free and calm atmosphere. Go in for artificial tropical plants and artificial tropical trees to add to the beauty. Keep a vase or two with some pretty artificial arrangements in them. These plants are very safe and cost-effective. Easy to maintain, they retain their sheen for years.
Go ahead and transform the library into a haven for reading. See the numbers grow day by day.