When it comes to decorating, bringing the outdoors indoors has always been in style. That means lots of plants and flowers, but for many of us, caring for these living things is a lot of work. If you want the look without the work, your only real option is to get artificial plants. Unfortunately, many of them look odd or even tacky. How do you create the illusion convincingly?
Finding the right plant
The first step is to find a company that values quality. While fake flowers used to look cheap, there are lots of creators out there who have really gone all out with their selection. Real Touch Silk Flowers, which are also often labeled as Natural Touch, True Touch, and Floramatique, are carefully made to closely resemble real flowers. They’re designed for weddings, where realism is key, especially once the photographer shows up. You can find them on sites like Flowers-By-Design and choose from all kinds, like orchids, lilies, poppies, and even wild flowers like lavender. Jamali Garden is another popular retailer that sells silk flowers at wholesale prices. Blooms include cherry blossoms, garlands, and tropical flowers.
What about green plants? Succulents and other cacti are very popular these days, but even though they’re supposed to be easy to care for, they still require work. Other plants that are intimidating in their real-life form include bonsai trees, Japanese maples, and elephant ears. For artificial plants, check out West Elm, Pottery Barn, and Wayfair. You can also find some good ones for cheaper by searching Amazon.
Once you’ve found the brand you want to buy from, what’s next? Mixing colors and textures is a great way to make your display stand out. Just imagine what real bouquets and arrangements look like, and imitate it with your fake plants. If you want to cut the stems shorter, you’ll probably need a pair of wire cutters. Try blending flowers with greens in vases with colorful pebbles or even real soil to really sell the illusion. For artificial water, carefully pour resin into the clear vase of your choice, then let the flower stems set in it. You’ll have a very realistic flower display that never needs fresh water and will never die.
Don’t display all your plants at once. Keep a few branches or blooms in storage, and when you get bored with your current arrangement, mix it up. If you want to make it seem like you always have seasonal decor, buy a few that are very clearly from spring, summer, fall, and winter, and then add them to your neutral arrangement when the time comes.
For edgier decorations
Your flowers and plants don’t necessarily need to look real. Paper flowers, which you can make yourself if you’re ambitious, double as pieces of art. You can find a wide variety on Etsy, where creator VinceCharming makes rose bouquets from old playing cards. Other materials include pages from old books, parchment, and tissue paper. Metal flowers and plants are another unique option, and can often be displayed on the wall like a painting. Head over to Etsy again for cool designs, like the steampunk roses from NightWindStudios.
If you still prefer real plants over artificial, you know that taking care of them can be hard, especially during the winter. Here are plants that are hardy enough to survive.