The lobby of your apartment is an important component to helping your tenants feel at home. There’s no better time to help your tenants feel cozy than the holidays.
Here are some ideas to get you thinking creatively about your lobby decorations
Trees and Potted Plants
Live trees and potted plants always add a little something special to any room. If you don’t have space for a big tree, sprucing up some smaller potted plants with holiday décor will certainly do the trick. If you aren’t big on getting a real tree – here are some ways to get creative with your DIY skills.
Hot Cocoa, Warm Apple Cider or Mint Water
Another nice idea to incorporate is having a big thermos of hot cocoa, warm apple cider or cooler with mint water in it. These are easy and pretty cost-effective ways to make your tenant’s happy. You can get a box of coffee from Starbucks for about $13, which will make approx. 8 cups. Get a couple of these and you’re set. Keep in mind though, this is probably also something you only want to do if you have someone who can hand it out to your tenants for you (or you yourself can) for health and safety reasons.
Lights are a holiday classic and can be easily implemented into your holiday decor. Line the front doors and windows of your apartment building, and/or incorporate them into the different decorations you’ve put up, like wreaths and plants. Take a look at these creative ways to use string lights, that’ll be sure to light that creative spark in you!
If you have a concierge (to avoid a fire hazard), holiday scented candles are the perfect addition to your lobby. These are our faves from indigo. You can find holiday scented candles like these at specialty stores too! We personally love Old Faithful Shop here in Vancouver (and TO) for their candles and incense.
Hand Painted Signs
A hand painted sign adds a rustic and unique touch to your holiday décor. These signs are perfect for a warm welcome, hanging on the front doors of your apartment. We love this DIY hand painted sign that’s reversible, so you can use it for more than one occasion.
It’s always a great idea to give back during the holidays. Place a decorative box near your front lobby where your tenants can donate canned food or pre-wrapped gifts to give back to those who are less fortunate. Make sure you outline what they can and cannot give away by doing a little bit of research beforehand. Once you have that information, print it out and post it up near the box and common areas.
Another nice alternative to a hand painted sign is a holiday banner. You can buy these at your local dollar store – or even easily make one yourself. We’re loving this free printable banner that’ll make your life a lot easier (and cheaper than buying one too!).
If your building plays music in the lobby, choose something festive for the month of December. There’s nothing like music that’ll put people in the spirit of cheer. We hear R. Kelly just came out with a new Christmas album, but you’ll probably want to reach for the Mariah Carey or Michael Bublé albums. If you want a great mix of music, try the holiday mixes on iTunes or Spotify. They’ll be sure to keep the Christmas cheer alive and well.