Corporate events, trade shows, meetings, oh my. The hustle and bustle can perk people up, but sometimes, attendees need a getaway to take a breather before they go back into the madness. Lounges, therefore, have become increasingly important for those who need a moment to catch their breath—and preferably not in the halls or next to the bathrooms.
Lounges can be decorated however you want and fit into any space, so take time to plan your resting space, with the help of these ideas.
Light It Up
Yes, light it up—but not with bright, fluorescent, classroom-style lighting. Drape white fairy lights along the walls, dim table lamps or hang lanterns around the room for a comfortable ambience. Blinding lights can give anyone a headache, but dim lighting helps relieve tension.
Play that Soothing Music
We’ve all been to restaurants that play slow, calm, almost meditative music as we dine. Bring this to your lounge area for a break from the cacophony of hundreds of people talking at once. Having a quiet space where attendees can zone out is beneficial to all.
Color the Room
Conferences can feel so clinical, with neutral colors dominating both clothing and decorations, and occasional pastels making for a muted palette. Break away from beige with bursts of color using neon throw pillows and decorations for a burst of fun.
Keep It Charged
Have you noticed that most electrical outlets seem to be right in the middle of everything? So have your attendees. Set up a space in a less-impacted area for those needing to charge cameras and phones. They can catch their breath, make phone calls and post to Instagram without blocking walkways and doors.
Take It to the Top
Comfy cabanas offering breathtaking views from the roof of your venue are sure to wow attendees. The rooftop is also the perfect place to clear your head, so designate the rooftop as your event’s breathing space. There’s something about being 20 stories above ground that is oddly relaxing.
Island in the Middle of Chaos
Sometimes, there’s no spare room available, but that doesn’t mean you must subject your attendees to constant sensory overload. Create a space in the middle of everything by setting up couches, strategically placing topiaries around the perimeter and offering earplugs to those who come by.