One of our absolute favorite ways to make any office space feel more lively, happier, and well designed, is the addition of flowers. There is something about their smell, color, and shape, which contrasts so nicely with the sleek tech that flanks our desk space. But alas, our dear cat has an affinity for all things planted so at the moment we're forced to live vicariously though those that are more fortunate. We've collected a set of ways to display some flowers from the very traditional to dorm-room chic. Hopefully they can inspire you to pick up some of your own flowers and enhance your workspace.
The Hi-Tech Option
If you're someone who likes flowers, but wants to display them in a more future-forward way (and also reduce maintenance of a live flowering plant), you might like something like this USB Green House. "Watering isn't a problem either because your plant status is monitored and you will be reminded to do so regularly by the software."
This image struck us as being very theatrical and we kind of liked its seriousness. Maybe this would be a fun "nightlight." There is no denying the power the bold lighting gives to that delicate arrangement. It also works well with the sparse desk itself. The small bud vase does well not to overwhelm the flowers but simply act as a visual counterweight to their spreading tops.
Flower in pencil holder
This crafty display works best with fake flowers or else your moment of beauty will be fleeting. It's nice to see the vase being recontextualized using more common office products, however.
The vertical vase and long stems of these colorful tulips makes a dramatic statement without being too overwrought. The leaves of the flowers can be just as beautiful as the pedals themselves and we're really able to appreciate them in this arrangement.
Roses and books
For the romantic or poet in us all… Perhaps this solution might be too cliché for some, but the drama is certainly there. We think this look is very sophisticated and elegant and it would work especially well for a less modern décor.
Handpicked flowers in a jar
Before we got our lovely cat, this was our preferred method of displaying flowers. Occasionally on our walks home, we'd pick some flowers along the way and plop them in some random mason jar with a bit of water. They kept for a few days — just long enough for us to replenish our supply. The result is casual yet stylish.
(1st image: Flickr member clairelu, 2nd image: Flickr member andreakw, 3rd image: Flickr member Rachel Ford James, 4th image: Flickr member Mushroom Princess, 5th image: Flickr member kbirkenbach licensed for use under Creative Commons)