Mar 20, 2020

Faux vs. Real Plants

There has always been the school of thought that to make your house a home you need plants, not fake, real plants. It was an interior design faux pas to even display a fake plant. It was a big NO, NO!
It was almost on the top of the list of what not to do when decorating your home – fake plants.
Some much has changed since then and to be honest I think, fake plants just aren’t what they used to be. Telling them apart from the real plant is sometimes pretty hard and you may even get it wrong they are so real.

What to Look For When Buying Artificial Plants

Fast forward to the present, when interior designers and the fabulous aka influencers seem to be loving the fake ones.
So when did fake plants turn the corner and make a comeback.
Are they really fashionable, a must have, a décor delight?
For me it was totally appealing, as I used to struggle keeping real plants alive, until I discovered succulents.
Some of us are not blessed with a green thumb and some of us just shouldn’t buy that plant, it will die, it will be neglected or worse still over watered and over loved. We even tell ourselves that fake was better because we live in a dark house. I guess you need to stop reading immediately and check out our latest blog for Briar Patch and read the article on painting your wall white!
I used to be a serial killer of house plants. No matter what I did, it was always the emergency call to mum, “Help, I think I killed another plant!”
Then there is the holiday plant, over watered, under watered, get a plant sitter or maybe just maybe this is why they made a comeback. Using the KISS principle and go fake. They will still love fab when you get back and a quick dust and wallah they are looking real again.
So where to begin for this new trend to transform your space? And what do you select, plastic or fabric? We have done all the hard work for you, keep reading!

Plastic Plants vs. Fabric Plants


Technology has come a long, long way from the super-fake-looking silk plants our nanas had sitting on the windowsill, in the middle of the dinner table and my most favourite in the toilet, yip they were everywhere. Improvements topped with advancements in technology means that fake plants boast amazingly realistic textures, colours and, depending on the quality of the fake plant, they look exactly like the real one. Plastic plants have in fact been created using a mould of the actual real plants. Some are even filled with foam for an ultra-realistic textile quality.
A major benefit to plastic plants is that some real plants look plastic, to begin with.
Succulents are a fantastic example—the real ones already look fake, so the fake ones automatically look real. And, honestly, who doesn’t love the look of succulents? I prefer the real ones because even when you forget them or go on holidays, they never ever die. In Fact the less water and love the better.
Silk plants are also much more prone to wear-and-tear than fake plants. It’s a dead giveaway you’ve got a faux fern on your hands when its leaves are frayed or bleached out by the sun. Silk plants stick to flowers for that table arrangement. These you can get away with and every transition in style. In other words, they go with everything and all styles. Just steer clear of silk plants, not the best long term.
Our verdict: Pick plastic.

Focus on the main reason modern plastic plants work so well, which is that they mimic the look of certain live plants. You can do this by sourcing mainly fake versions of plants with that naturally “plastic-y” aesthetic: aloe, fiddle leaf figs, air plants, lotus leafs, snake plants, banana plant.
Another smart idea is to buy fake plants that mimic preserved varieties of real plants. After all, preserved live plants aren’t really alive anymore anyway! Probably the most classic choice in this category would be the farmhouse-chic boxwood wreath.
What you should steer clear of are any plants that strike you as particularly gimmicky. If the plant is peppered with fake rain droplets, for example, it’s just begging to be left on the shelf.
If the finish of the plant is extremely glossy, they are just plain old-school-tacky.
Focus instead on thoughtful details that feel organic, like delicate root sheaths at the bottom of the plant and “dirt” around its base.
It’s a good idea to have pictures on your phone of the real plants, when you go shopping, so you can compare the look of everything from the leaves to the stems.

Finally, Styling tips for Faux Plants

Even a subpar fake plant has potential if styled right, so you can imagine what good styling can do for a high-quality fake plant.
The biggest takeaway here is to treat your fake plant like a real plant. Ditch the generic vase or planter in favour of a more thoughtful and attractive option.
Research how the real version of the plant you’re purchasing is typically “planted,” and try to recreate those settings.
One of the most obvious pros of picking fake plants is that they can essentially last forever. You can’t kill them, even if you tried!
Plus you never have to worry about them overgrowing, so they will always brighten up your space.
However, if you want to avoid your space becoming stale, move it around, change the location, or better yet change the space.
You can always reinvent your fake plants, just another reason for faux vs real.
Lastly, maintenance is a must, and it will continue to look real if you keep it clean and free from dust. Nothing fancy, just plain water on a soft cloth, will do the trick.

Where to Shop for Fake Plants

Ikea, Kmart, Target, Amazon, eBay or a chain store in your area.
Think of the positives, you will have fun trying to shop and it’s an outing and excursion. Enjoy, happy fauxing 😊

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