After a long exile, faux flowers and greenery seem to be making a home decor come back, according to the latest episodes of TV decorating shows. Real plants and their faux counterparts are both pricey so why not spend your hard-earned money on something that doesn’t wilt after a week or suffer a slow death from neglect. Fake plants are also a time saver for busy professionals and families.
1. How much should I expect to spend?
Like anything else, the price range is broad. Dollar stores offer small sprigs for a dollar each but typically aren’t very life-like. If your goal is to have plants that look real, expect to pay more. Single stems can be $10 or more, depending on the quality of materials and store reputation.
2. What types of plants look best as faux?
Succulent plants are your best bet at fooling the casual observer. Pro tip: Take photos of real plants with you when shopping for their faux alternatives. The pictures will go a long way in helping to select faux plants with lifelike qualities.
3. What qualities should I look for, besides price?
Trunks and stems should closely match the plant they imitate. Look for natural imperfections in the leaves. Variations in size and maturity of leaves also add to the illusion.
4. Where do I place faux flowers in my home?
Place faux arrangements in a spot where its real counterpart would thrive.
5. Can I make artificial flowers look more real?
Yes, there are tricks to making fakes more believable! Use real potting soil. Buy or create arrangements that mimic how real plants would grow. Think about adding a faux plant to fill out a container of living plants. Be sure to wipe the dust off the leaves periodically.
6. Check out these faux best bets to purchase.
- Orchids have a simple, tranquil feel but are delicate and extremely high maintenance. Fake ones give beauty without hassle.
- Faux dogwood branches provide a traditional look. Mix with rustic branches and simple flowers.
- Cacti and succulents work because the real ones have an artificial feel, making them hard to differentiate.
- Snake plants are commonly used and make great displays because the faux version is nearly identical to the real thing.
- Aloe plants make great simulations of the real thing, though you forego the healing effects of the living aloe plant.
- Ferns are also a great choice in faux plants, especially when hung from a ceiling or balcony that gets less eye-level scrutiny.