Many homeowners look at fake plants as a tacky alternative to the real version. But, truthfully, many types of replica plants are as pleasing and tasteful, if not more beautiful, than their organic counterparts.
Finding an artificial plant as an acceptable alternative to a real one comes down to a few simple factors. Artificial plants can add a nature-inspired layer of colour, design, and ambiance to any room in your home. The process of choosing the right type of artificial plant for your space can be exciting and a fun, creative challenge.
We have put together a guide to help you on your quest for the perfect artificial plant.
Before you make a move on purchasing artificial trees, plants, or flowers; you need to decide what type of impact and effect you want. It helps to consider carefully where they will be located.
Decide on the room you want to display the arrangement and precisely what part of the room they’ll be featured in. This decision will help you decide on what type of colour and style will match the best.
When you choose an artificial plant, the little details can be the most important and eye-catching. Look for styles of plants that have minor additions that the average fake plant wouldn’t have. Things like tiny dewdrops, moss, and detailed veins or colour gradients on the leaves or stems will make a huge difference. If it looks authentic at first glance, most of your guests won’t think twice about whether or not the plant is real.
Having details on the lower base of the artificial plant helps achieve realism. In addition, rocks and minor additions like replica grass or dried moss help create the effect of a living plant.
Pay attention to the shading on areas like the leaves and stems. You want to pick a plant where the colours bend according to how light or dark the plant is in real life. Don’t be afraid to bring a picture of the real thing to do some comparing while you’re shopping!
Any display where natural elements are incorporated helps to achieve the magic. Additions such as rocks, natural wood, driftwood, shells, dried moss or preserved moss or greenery make the arrangement more pleasing to the eye.
Here is an excellent example of landscaping materials being used on display. The rocks included in the center of the visual enhance the realism and polish of the plant presentation.
The materials are another visual element that will make or break your artificial plant arrangement. Artificial plants are made from fabric, polyester or plastics.
Quality replica plants will not be overly shiny or waxy-looking. Instead, they will have a pleasing natural colour that shows detail and colour variations; including lighter coloured leaves to indicate new growth.
The stems and leaves should have a quality design also. On cheaper fake plants, only the top leaves and stems have wires running through them to give them a more supported look. Higher quality designs will contain wires on ALL the leaves and stem throughout the plant to allow them to be adjusted. These wires allow you to twist and bend the leaves and stems to make them look like authentic plants or flowers growing towards the sunlight.
Look at this beautiful gallery for more examples of styles that pass the test and corroborate that replica plants are as pleasing as real ones. Then, use the photos highlighted in the linked gallery as a guideline when you’re browsing for your selections. With a bit of practice and attention to detail, you can make your living space just as bright and beautiful as any room using live plants as interior decor!