It used to be that artificial or “fake” plants were a designer’s or decorator’s nightmare. Cheap plastic plants that were poorly formed or silk plants that would tear or fade just didn’t meet the quality look and feel requirements that most professionals set for their customers.
The same concern over longevity, look, and feel carried over to home owners, who didn’t want to decorate their homes with cheap-looking fake plants.
The good news is that artificial plants have come a long way, with manufacturers working hard to mimic live plants in nearly every way. From the texture of the leaves to non-repeating patterns in stems and bark, artificial plants and flowers have moved toward embracing the uniqueness of live plants, while significantly improving the manufacturing quality and longevity.
For those reasons, more designers, decorators, business professionals, and home owners are choosing to give artificial plants and flowers another try.
If you’re looking for high-quality, durable faux flowers and plants, here are a few tips that can help you avoid getting cheap, tacky looking plants and decorate your space with beautiful artificial plants that are easy to care for and will last a long time.
Tip 1 – Throw out those old “fake plant” predispositions.
I know. It’s hard to justify buying “fake” anything. Shift your mindset and start thinking of them as artificial plants and flowers. What you might lose in the smell of live plants and flowers, you more than make up for with ease-of-care and longevity. Just dust and clean your artificial plants periodically, and they will keep providing smiles for years to come.
This beautiful Orchid arrangement would look beautiful in a living room or dining room.
Tip 2 – Avoid the big box stores.
Big box stores and hobby stores might have a good variety to choose from and might give you that immediate satisfaction of bringing them home and putting them into place, but the quality just won’t be there. Those stores have a very tight profit margin and turnover requirements for their stock, and they can’t afford to have the higher-quality (aka more expensive) artificial plants sitting on their shelves.
Instead, check out retailers that specifically focus on high-quality artificial plants, flowers, and trees. While it might cost a little more up-front, the products will last longer and repay you year over year with durable, lasting beauty.
Tip 3 – Buy online to get the best value.
While the instant gratification of taking a decorative plant or arrangement home is great, some online retailers can help offset that by offering discounts and even free shipping. Those who join our Insiders club receive monthly discounts on a variety of products in our catalog. We even offer flash sales occasionally that provide our users with site-wide coupons.
So think beyond just the initial price of the flower arrangement or plant and consider the overall value.
A beautiful mix of Phalaenopsis Orchids and Fern, guaranteed to add a unique touch to any home’s décor.
Tip 4 – Be sure the seller has good customer support.
When shopping for anything, poor customer support can really put a damper on the experience. Be sure to reach out to the seller, even if you have questions about the product before you buy.
Be sure to look at their return policy and the reviews of the other products they sell.
Tip 5 – Look at the entire arrangement, including the container.
When purchasing an arrangement, be sure to look closely at the quality of the container that it comes in. Zoom in on the photo and make sure that the color, texture, and style of the container is going to fit with the other decorations in your home or office space.
While artificial plants and flowers can usually be “re-potted” into another container, you can avoid that by being as choosy with the container as you are with the flowers or plants that go in it. So be sure to look closely at the container that your plants will come in before making that purchase.
This classic white and green arrangement of Phalaenopsis Orchids and Fern would be a beautiful addition in any home!
Bonus Tip – If you’re giving an artificial plant as a gift, consider a gift card.
Artificial plants are actually great gifts to give, if they are high quality. By giving someone a faux plant or flower arrangement, you’re giving them something that they can enjoy for a long time and won’t have to spend a lot of time and energy caring for and maintaining it.
If, though, you aren’t sure about their decor or taste, consider giving them a gift card, instead of an actual plant. That way, they can choose the right artificial plant that suits their needs.
I hope that helps you in your decision process about using live plants or considering artificial plants. Faux trees, shrubs, flowers, and plants have come a long way and offer a great, low-maintenance alternative to the ongoing care required by live plants.
I hope you’ll give them a try and let me know if you have any questions I can answer.