Flowers are great at adding a touch of elegance or whimsy into any room, and while that is so, many are hesitant to add these beautiful blossoms due to the amount of work it takes to nurture and care for living plants.
Interior designers, however, have been using artificial flowers in their designs, and many have followed suit! It’s not surprising how widely used artificial flowers are– it’s an affordable design solution, and it takes minimal effort.
The tricky part is in choosing which flowers to display and adding life to them so that they bring as much personality to your space as any real flower would.
Fortunately, in this article, we’re going to explore a few tips and techniques on how to choose and “perk up” some of these pretty artificial flowers so that they can, in turn, add more life to your living spaces.
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Tips for choosing fake flowers and plants that look real
Choosing artificial flowers that look real is quite the challenge, but once you train your eye for it, it’ll be a walk in the park from then on out.
The first thing you should remember when scouting for real-looking artificial flowers is that you’re not looking for perfection– as much as possible, you want them to look real. What realism means when it comes to plants and nature is that they can be beautiful, but they are flawed.
Slightly drooping flower buds, unevenly colored stems, asymmetrical leaves– these tiny touches of detail make a faux flower appear like they are living, breathing plants.
Once you buy your faux flowers, a bit of cleaning here and there will definitely make them last longer and look less dull. Storing them properly in dustless environments (such as in plastic containers or under a sheet of cloth) when they’re not being displayed will also help preserve their color.
For areas that receive a lot of sunlight, spraying your faux flowers with some UV spray and rotating their pot or vase periodically will help protect their color from fading due to the sunlight.
All in all, remember that like any other item in your house, faux flowers are an investment. Cheap flowers might provide less quality and might not be as durable as you initially expected, while expensive floral arrangements can take their detail and material to another level.
Try to find a reasonable price point that can give you the quality you can work with.
For more tips on choosing how to pick fake flowers that look real, you can check out The Great Fake-Out: The Definitive Guide To Buying And Maintaining Artificial Plants.
Artificial or Fake Plants and Flowers That Look Real
Some flowers tend to look more realistic than others, so it’s best to take note of them before you schedule your faux flower shopping spree!
Mixing roses into a foliage, or even displaying a single rose in a vase can help add so much impact to even the most unnoticed side table. Roses are absolutely amazing and can add that much-needed contrast– both the real ones and the artificial ones.
There are many types of fake roses you can buy! Fully bloomed, partially bloomed, budding– and in many different colors too! White, red, yellow, and pink roses are ones you can consider placing in your house.
The more realistic-looking ones tend to have their petals curling a bit with visible wrinkles and lines, having a sort of imperfect gradient from petal tips to the center.
Take note of their stems, as well– stems that have some browns in them are definitely more realistic than a completely green stem.
Fake lilies are great because you can usually bend them into the shape you want without worrying about breaking the stem. Realistic lilies tend to have spotting on the inside of their petals.
They also have a few creases in their petals running from the center to their tips, so watch out for those.
Lavenders are relatively easy to fake! Most sellers offer these in bulk, with varied color-fading in each tiny lavender flower.
Since these flowers are small, looking at them from afar gives off that natural vibe– perfect if you bunch them up with fake grass and other greens.
Irises are incredibly detailed flowers, but merchants of the artificial variety usually sell ones that can often match our expectations. The most realistic ones have varied wrinkling on each petal, with a varied gradient on each one as well.
Also, take note that the darker-pigmented irises are more true-to-life than lighter ones. However, most of the time, fake ones tend to look like every flower is the same, so when arranging them together, it’s best to have them leaning far from each other, or layering their height for more variety.
Fake hydrangeas can be hard to please to the naked eye, so choose carefully because these are tricky. When you do find the stems that are almost as good as the real ones, their petals can look and feel… “clothy”.
To remedy this, simply cut off some excess threads and cloth you see. Blend the fake and real hydrangeas for a large bouquet effect. In that respect, it can be hard to tell which are fake and which are not.
Realistic-looking peonies are hard to find because they may look good from a distance, but up close — it’s a different story. But when you do find the realistic fake peonies, they can look quite like roses, some are budding, some in full bloom.
Their petals are also similarly colored and are perfect when bunched together.
I hope you enjoyed this brief run-through on faux flowers! What’s your favorite faux flower? And do you have any experience with decorating with artificial flowers? Share some of your tips and insight in the comment section!