Friday, November 15, 2013

Fun Ways to Decorate the Office for November

It's come to that time of year again! The treetops and grounds are covered in all the warm beautiful colors that signal the end of the summer and the coming of the holidays. November is the time for cozy sweaters, neighborhood bonfires, and best of all, yummy foods! With everyone so excited for winter, why not celebrate the greatness of the season at the office? Fall festival parties and decorations are a great way to bring everyone together before the holidays and unite the office in an atmosphere of warmth to combat the cold. Here are some great decorating tips to prepare your office for the November season!

Decorating Colors

Fall Colors

The best way to get into the fall spirit at the office is to set the mood, and the best way to do that is through colors. To know what colors to decorate you office in, just take a stroll outside and look around. The colors of fall are best recognized in the colors of the changing leaves. Usually varying shades of orange, yellow, and red, the hues of changing leaves make the perfect compliments for setting the fall mood. These colors are the perfect antidote to the oncoming winter breeze as they're warm and inviting in a way that brings everyone together. However, don't make the mistake of decorating everything in these colors. Any chef or interior designer worth their salt knows that too much of a good thing can be a bit overwhelming. When decorating your office, be sure to balance the warm colors with a few neutral browns so things don't get too vibrant. For a splash of color, you may even decide to throw a bit of purple into the mix to compliment the warmth of the oranges. Just be sure things don't start to look too much like Halloween!

Scented Candles

Fall Scented Candles

Another subtle way of setting the fall mood is through the olfactory senses! Few people dislike the warm, spicy scents commonly associated with autumn, making them wonderful choices for the workplace. If you want to go with the classic, cinnamon is a universal favorite for fall that can also boost brain function to help you focus at the office. The sweet scent of apples may help prevent headaches and migraines. Pumpkin scents can actually bring people together, while the scent of autumn leaves reenergizes the workplace. Even nutmeg is wonderful for stress relief (but it can make you drowsy so be careful). With all the amazing psychological effects induced by these fabulous smells, its no wonder that fall is a favorite season for many. November scents are practically tailor made to benefit business environments!

Laminated Leaf Magnets

Fall Leaves

Here's a fun, inexpensive craft that brings the fall to life either in homes or at the office. All it takes are a few flat-pressed fall leaved and a trip to the library or printing store. Simply have the kids or the co-workers collect some of the prettiest fall leaves they can find (you could even make a friendly competition out of it and give small prizes)! Then, carefully press them between books for a few days if they need it, and take them to get laminated. Once done, cut them out and attach some small magnets to the backs of them (available at most craft stores, and voila! You now have some stylish fall decorations that make wonderful magnets to add to all the metal vertical file cabinets for office use lying around the workplace. They also look great on desks and refrigerators with a bit of tape!

Pumpkins and Turkeys

Pumpkin Turkey

Even with all the beautiful colors and spectacular scents floating around, nothing quite says fall like pumpkins and turkeys. November in America is the season we associate with Thanksgiving. Everyone is looking forward to the big meal at the end of the month, so why not get our tummies rumbling early by decorating the office with the things we love to eat? Cornocopias filled with yummy fall favorites like corn, oranges, apples, and grapes are always welcome sights around this time of year, and whether they're plastic or not, they make great centerpieces for storage cabinets, dining tables, and bookcases for home and business use. To take the fall theme even further, you may even decide to have everyone decorate the office task chairs with modern design in paper turkeys!

Fall Festival Party

Fall Festival

Now that you've got all the office cubicles for business use decorated for the fall season, what better way to celebrate it than with a fall festival party? After all, November is the season for Thanksgiving and bringing people together. Pot lucks and fall festivals go together hand and hand. The best time to have this party is actually the first back at work after Thanksgiving since most people have leftovers. After the hard day back, ask everyone to bring in a yummy treat to share at the party. The time will leave you all with warm memories and a tons of things to talk about. It's a great way to wind down the hard day of work and bring a sense of community to the office!

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