Fake flowers (and fake plants in general) are a sensitive topic. But for small businesses without interest in keeping real plants alive, or those with specific allergen-related needs, they can be an indispensable part of your office decor.
Mix them with real plants
One of the surest ways to not make it obvious you’re using fake floral is to mix them with real ones: put real plants that are easy to maintain in areas where people are more likely to see them up close, and use fake ones in the harder-to-reach (and harder-to-remember-to-water) places.
Use fake plants in the areas real ones are least likely to stay alive, and real ones where they’re most likely to thrive.
Keep fake plants to the edges
Some people just have a – well, a reaction – to fake plants. So let’s not make it too obvious. Fake plants shouldn’t serve as centerpieces if you can avoid it. If you’re having people site right next to a plant, it should be a real one.
Look for artificial plants that are low maintenance
Everything takes some maintenance. But some artificial plants collect dust faster than others, and some are specifically engineered to be low maintenance. Those are the ones we want. Especially make sure that the ones you select can’t absorb moisture, as this tends to dramatically lower their life span.
Vary the varieties you choose
A common mistake when selecting fake plants is to get a whole bunch of exactly the same thing. There’s nothing that makes it more obvious. So vary your selection.
Smell the difference
Odor is a common issue with artificial plants. Be sure to choose some that won’t make the whole room smell like plastic.