Plants are a great home décor element! They’re the only way to (quite literally!) pluck a piece out of nature and place it in your house. But does your indoor greenery always need to be live plants?
If you’re gifted with greenery then real plants aren’t a problem for you. Living plants come with countless benefits for both your home and your health. But real plants can be fussy and take a lot of time. And this is where using artificial plants comes in!
Faux plants are a great way to infuse the element of nature in your home and are low maintenance. They’re an ideal solution if you haven’t got a green thumb or have a busy lifestyle.
Investing in a good quality faux tree and plants is an easy way to add some simple greenery and visual interest to your home.
Faux indoor plants organic feel, texture, softness, and vibrancy to any space in your home.
Whether you want to add a pop of color to a space, brighten up a dark corner in a room, or conceal those pesky plugs and cords – faux plants are the easiest way to keep your home feeling fresh over time.
Why Use Artificial Plants at Home?
Faux greenery is no longer considered a faux pas like it used to be. The quality is far better and with a good-quality artificial plant it’s harder to tell if they’re real or not.
Faux plants are a great alternative to natural plants for a good many reasons…
To start with, artificial plants are ultra-safe for everyone – including pets and children in your home. They require next to no maintenance and don’t attract any unwanted pests.
Faux plants of all kinds of plants are available. From artificial trees like a fiddle leaf fig tree and olive trees to a small faux plant like a potted faux pothos plant (a cute addition to your coffee table).
The best part? You can place your artificial greenery almost anywhere including those high, hard-to-reach surfaces, high-traffic areas, and even in the darkest spots of your house without having to check on them regularly.
Top Tips for Styling Your Artificial Plants
Natural elements are always a great decorative item in your living space. Even if you still want the real thing, you may want to add just a few artificial floor plants to make life a little easier for yourself.
Here are the best ways to use faux plants for a touch of greenery in your home.
1. Always Go for Quality
Aside from minimum maintenance, the goal of investing in artificial plant decor is to create a realistic natural look. This can only come with plants made of high-quality materials such as high-grade plastics or silk plants for the look of real-life plants.
Since faux plants are a lifelong investment, quality pieces really do pay off in the long run, thanks to their intricate details, hyper-realistic textures, and vibrant hues.
2. Change Up Your Planter
Most artificial plants come with a black plastic pot which, quite frankly, makes them unsightly to look that. To bring the best from your faux greenery, make sure you invest in stylish standing pots and trendy platters.
We guarantee that natural-looking pots crafted from materials such as pale concrete, stucco, and terracotta will boost the awesomeness of your faux olive tree, fiddle-leaf fig trees, snake plants, pampas, laurel trees, and more!
Natural baskets like jute and wicker are also a good idea. It also helps to add some real dirt, rocks, or moss to the planter to make it look real.
Another tip the larger your plant the larger your planter should be.
3. Bend, Shape, and Flex
The secret to creating a life-like look with a faux plant is to bend, shape, and flex them as per your preference!
When you pull a faux plant out of a delivery box, you’ll notice that leaves and stems look too straight… and perfect. If you leave them like that it’ll be a dead giveaway to everyone.
You’ll need to bend those fake stems to make them look like real plants. Shape, bend and fluff the branches and leaves of tall trees in different directions for “appealing imperfection” so it looks more like a real tree.
If you need some guidance in terms of how a specific live plant looks out there in nature, google those images online.
Notice the curves of the branches, the folds of the leaves, and the overall silhouette of the plant. Then, use your creativity and freshly gained expertise to turn your stiff faux plants into real-looking ones.
4. Deploy Variety
Make sure to use a variety in your artificial greenery for depth, added interest and a splash of color and hue for your interior.
A simple idea is to put together green leaves with a reddish color. Or waxy leaves for texture. There are lots of different plant species you can get in faux plants.
Mix in your faux greenery with larger faux plants, and small trees for a variety of heights and different shapes. You can also add faux flowers into the mix.
5. Place At Different Levels
When arranging your faux plants, think of how you’d like live plants to look in a similar setting.
Wall-mounted planters are great additions for some extra greenery. Or hang faux training plants from shelves or high ceilings. And let miniature pots occupy random spaces on bookshelves or a high shelf.
Placing your faux green wonders at different levels will infuse a visually appealing sense of balance and harmony.
6. Dust Your Faux Plants
As with every piece of décor in your home, your faux plants must be maintained to a certain degree. Over time, it’s inevitable for dust to accumulate on your plants.
To avoid dusty plants from interfering with your overall décor, be sure to wipe the leaves at least twice a month with a feather or a duster.
7. Mix and Match with Real Plants
Cohabiting real live plants with their artificial counterparts is a great way to keep your green décor fresh, convenient, and fun. Whereas real plants help relieve stress, clean the air, and boost happiness.
Faux plants offer stunning visual benefits while removing any maintenance hassles. It really is the best combination!
8. Where to Place Your Faux Plants?
A great way to pass your artificial plant as a live one is to place it in natural light. Put your faux greenery near a doorway or window where the light shines the most. A good quality faux plant will look like the real deal when placed in front of a window.
Of course, artificial plants are a great option for a dark room. However, the key is to make your plant seem like it’s real. So for dark rooms choose faux plants that are naturally low maintenance and prefer dark and shady areas. It will be way less obvious then!
9. Who Said Faux Plants Don’t Need Water?
Sure, potting fake plants is a great home décor hack. But have you ever considered teaming them up water? If you’re styling a glass vase use about two inches of distilled water into the vase before adding those faux branches.
The water infuses a perfect touch of reality, making your artificial plants look even more real than live ones. Always go for distilled water. Tap water comes with minerals that end up leaving rings inside glass vases making it difficult to clean.
You can also mix real flowers together for your faux stems to take your styling up a notch.
10. Consider Creating a Vertical Garden
Call them vertical gardens, green walls, or plant walls – home decorators can never quite have enough of this green trend. But what makes artificial green walls a great idea?
Variety. Because faux plants are so unbelievably easy to maintain, you can incorporate a wide variety of plants including faux succulents, flowers, moss, and so much more.
Vertical gardens also serve as a great alternative to paintings, especially when it comes to styling a white wall in a room.
Those are the best tips for decorating and styling artificial plants at home. There are lots of creative ideas and they go a long way to livening up your interior space!
FAQs: Decorating with Artificial Plants
Is It OK to Decorate with Artificial Plants?
Of course! Because artificial plants have zero risks of wilting and dying, they are extremely easy to style!
Unlike real plants, you don’t have to water them regularly. This means you can place them (quite literally!) anywhere. You can hang them from the ceiling or place them in hard-to-reach areas like the top of a bookshelf.
Artificial plants will also be absolutely safe in high-traffic areas around the house. High-quality faux plants look as gorgeous as real ones, making them favorite home decorative items.
Where to Use Artificial Plants at Home?
There is no limit to what you can do with your artificial plant décor. Here are a few ideas to help you place these plants elegantly across your house:
- Use potted artificial plants with stunning flower arrangements as statement centerpieces for your living room.
- Place a fake plant on your bedside table to add a touch of tranquility to your bedroom.
- Use them for bathroom décor by placing them on your bathroom vanity.
- Invest in artificial hanging plants and watch the trailing stems cascade from the ceiling right next to your windows.
- Brighten up your outdoor space with potted faux plants.
- Place a gorgeous faux orchid pot on your kitchen counter or your dining table.
- Elevate your dining room either with a large artificial tree like a faux olive tree (for the corners) or a gorgeous faux birds of paradise plant as a statement piece.
How to Take Care of Indoor Artificial Plants?
Although faux greenery requires next to no maintenance, here are a few things to keep them looking as good as new:
- Unless the label suggests, make sure you keep your artificial plants away from direct sunlight. This is because UV rays can trigger fading and discoloration in a plant.
- To avoid concentrated discoloration in one area, make sure you move them around the house often. For instance, you can place them in the living room for a few weeks and then move them to your bedroom, and so on.
- Dust them regularly using a paintbrush, feather duster, or a simple piece of cloth to avoid the accumulation of dust.
- If, for whatever reason, your faux plants begin to accumulate a thick layer of dust, use a microfiber cloth to wipe each leaf individually. To remove grime and stains, pour some water and vinegar into a spray bottle and spray the dirt away!