December has done it again. Out of nowhere and with what feels like very little warning, the lights are up around the city, the Christmas songs are providing cosy coffee shop backdrops and it’s even started to snow (sort of).
It may have only been a few weeks ago that you were frantically digging around for last year’s Halloween decorations to fill the office with during the spooky season, but it’s now time to get your space set for the festivities.
We’ve already seen some of our tenants across London getting ahead of the game over the last few weeks, but not everyone has the time to be quite so organised and some may need a little inspiration to create a space that encourages their team to get out of bed on those dark winter mornings.
So, short of asking your barista which Spotify playlist they’ve opted for, here are some tips to help you make the office a little more festive this year!
The hassle-free Christmas tree
Let’s be honest, finding space for Christmas trees at home is always a bit of a hassle, and it’s arguably even more of a challenge to choose the right one for your office. As the centrepiece for your workspace festivities there’s a lot of pressure placed on getting them right, but that doesn’t have to be the case.
This year, consider something a little easier. In the Kitt office, we’ve gone for a couple of small, coffee-table-sized trees to help bring the office into the festive season. Not only are these considerably easier to bring into the office, they’re also a great budget option and don’t require too many decorations to make them look the part!
If your space is a bit quirkier, it’s also a great way to bring the festive vibe to each and every corner of the office. I would recommend keeping them minimalistic, with a small amount of lights (silver and gold work best) and neutral pots.
There are a number of great small tree options, including this one from Bloom & Wild which can be delivered straight to your office and comes with handy care tips. Alternatively, Patch Plants have one at around the same price point!
Go modern and sophisticated with lights
We mentioned in a recent blog on the best ways to make your office more ‘glam’ that our favourite complimentary design feature is lighting. Aside from on your Christmas tree(s), you can also use lights around the office to give your space that festive feel.
But there’s a catch. Don’t go too tacky with green and red flashing lights, but instead work gold, silver and white light into your space subtly to give it a modern, sophisticated look.
Keep the tinsel in the box
Sometimes less is more, and when I say less, what I really mean is none. I don’t want to be the office decoration Scrooge here, but the days of sellotaping tinsel to the walls are over. Keep your space looking classy by sticking to some of the more subtle decorations that are able to complement other design elements in your space.
Involve your team in the festivities with wreath making
If you’re looking to add something a bit different to your space for the festive period, consider a team-building activity that helps you to do just that. Wreath-making is a great way to add a bit of colour and texture to your decorations, without appearing too cheap.
If you don’t have time to squeeze in a workshop before the holiday break, there are a number of providers who are able to deliver the wreath and design kit straight to your office. This could be a great way to get the team together during December, and you can add the finished product to your office door so that each creator can appreciate it.
Bring holiday scents into your space
Ok, so this isn’t strictly a design tip, but we’re out to achieve a festive feel by focusing on a different sense with this one.
There are a number of ways you could look at bringing the classic seasonal scents into your space to make your team feel more at home as the holidays approach. Personally, I love a reed diffuser (much safer than candles in an office!) and they add a lovely touch to meeting spaces.
Try a festive bake-off to bring everyone together, and in doing so fill the office with the familiar aromas of Christmas (even the novice bakers could attempt gingerbread!). Alternatively, host a mulled wine evening for those much loved fragrant woody spices.
Outside of the festive season, I love advising all kinds of businesses on how to design their space to make it work for them. No two businesses are the same, and each team will have different priorities when it comes to workplace strategy, particularly in 2022.
I hope these tips help you over the next few weeks, and if you want to learn more about our design process and our managed office product, be sure to get in touch with the team.