The artificial plants of today are nothing like they used to be. A fake plant was extremely obvious in the past with the chunks of plastic hanging off the branches and petals. Today they have become almost a fine art; creations of silk fabric and soft coating on wires. Arrangements are concocted from a variety of artificial flowers and silk ferns make excellent scenery for a fish tank, without all the extra mess in either case. Fake plants are used by many people to bring a little life to their house, without the hassle.
It isn't only table displays that can be created with artificial flowers and plants, there are even hanging baskets and vines that are made from synthetic materials. What better way to decorate the house than with plants that won't be dropping dead leaves all over the place. They also won't be shriveled up brown piles when you get back from vacationing. These are basically maintenance free and for a fairly reasonable price the house can be filled with cacti and palm trees.
Many doctors' offices opt for artificial trees in the waiting room, not only do they make the atmosphere a little more cozy, but they won't trigger any allergic reactions among patients. There are actually many business offices that choose to fill their rooms with synthetic plants.
A plastic palm tree can be placed in a dark corner and still look just as healthy after a year in that same location. Doctors' offices tend to lean more towards synthetic foliage as well.
This has to do with the maintenance situation as well as the fact that most people aren't allergic to fake plants. There isn't any real foliage or dirt that will create a moldy atmosphere, which tends to create an allergic reaction among quite a few people.
People with many animals also often opt for the safety had with fake plants. There isn't usually a family pet that will decide to eat an entire silk plant, plus there isn't any dirt to dig in.
With the combination of affordability and beauty, creating arrangements with artificial plants can add just the right amount of sparkle to a drab room. They are appreciated even by the most avid gardener, due to their realistic look. Animal lovers also find that having artificial foliage is more beneficial for the health of their pets. Many pets are set on devouring the household fern, but when confronting an artificial one, there isn't much interest.
There are many benefits to choosing artificial plants or flowers for your home. First of all, as compared to the real thing, your artificial vegetation is relatively low maintenance. You can also quit worrying about whether or not you can move your landscape design indoors or outdoors without damaging the plant life. Anything is possible.
Also, the newest lines of artificial plants or flowers are now hardier and the designs are also wonderful. So you can have your exotic flowers without all the grimy details. But how exactly do you choose your decorative vegetation without going overboard or volubly declaring it a fake? Here are some tips:
Always think "accentuate" rather than "overwhelm"
The point of placing vegetation within your home is to actually accentuate that part of the architecture. Unless you want to literally present a forest within your domicile, it would be best to choose key pieces that can catch the eye, but not swamp the area in question.
Try one or two large, distinctive pieces if you're trying to fill a space in a rather large area, instead of swamping it with a whole wall of fake vegetation. One large potted fake tree and a shaped topiary bush will do more wonders than filling it with smaller but several run-of-the-mill pieces.
One piece of sage advice: be careful when mixing real plants with artificial ones. This can work well, but you need to have a keen eye for what goes with what and a developed sense of aesthetics to pull it off well enough to get your friends raving about the decor.
Color is always good
One of the best things about placing plant life within your home (regardless of the fact that it may be artificial) is that it literally brings a breath of color to the surroundings. If you would like to decorate a couple of areas in your home with artificial plants, try to go for the ones that can stand out distinctly from the rest of the furniture or the color of the walls.
You do not need to choose specific color hues to either match or contrast with the fabrics you have in that area. Go crazy, if you will. But again, try to choose one or more pieces that call the eye's attention, rather than swamping it with not-so-interesting pieces.
Keeping it real
Ever wonder why that trailing climbing flower piece you draped around the kitchen entrance archway is not working particularly well as interior decor, despite the fact that it is really gorgeous to look at? Well, you might want to consider the simple fact that flowering vines do not drape themselves around kitchen entrance archways on their own.
No matter how great your chosen pieces may be, you still need to place them in a "scenario" where they look real; otherwise, it will end up as nothing more than a tacky wall design. If you want that climbing flower to look authentic, you can either stick an end into a pot or flower box, and have the rest draped "carelessly" (in this case, artfully similar to a real vine) over one corner of the window.
The kitchen is always one of the best places in the house to place vegetation, and it does not matter if these are made of artificial plants or flowers or the real deal. This would work especially well if you have lots of sunlight streaming through your kitchen windows. Floor space is also immaterial since you can have hanging decor and kitchen counter decor as well.
However, how many of us have actually seen tacky plants and flowers as part of someone else's kitchen decor? Here are some tips you can use so as not to make the same mistake.
1. Try to keep your artificial plants or flowers decor as realistic looking as possible. One of the best recommendations is for you to actually put in herb boxes on top of one of the kitchen counters. Herb boxes can actually afford your kitchen the subtle colors that you would need to liven up the space.
Of course, it would actually be best to pick the more colorful herbs. Flowering oregano is extremely colorful. Basil may be all green, but its flowers are white and this herb can certainly add a different dimension to your herb box because of its height and unique leaf design.
Other artificial herbs you may want to include are: lemon thyme, rosemary, and mint. For this set, it would be best to acquire an all silk collection of artificial plants or flowers. Silk pieces look more interesting in smaller packages.
2. Incredibly, putting up fake fruit trees and fake vegetables within the kitchen is considered tacky now. So if you are seriously thinking of getting that rubber lemon tree to place in the corner; or that "patch" of cabbage heads for your kitchen counter - I seriously recommend that you don't.
If you want some trees to adorn your kitchen corners, I recommend the shaped or sculpted topiaries. These are great conversation pieces, and quite elegant too. They also fit well with almost any kitchen decor. Trees with unusual colored foliage also work well in well-lit spaces. If you want something that departs from the norm, you could try using (rubber or silk) red maple trees, onion grass, and Chinese evergreens.
3. Do not discount the powerful effects of flowers in the kitchen. This is probably the best place in the house to have that explosion of colors. If you want really nice floral arrangements, you can not lose out when placing some artificial plants or flowers in great looking vases and letting the sunlight shine on them.
Choosing the vases or containers is equally important when it comes to floral arrangements, so try to choose the ones that would either contrast or complement your kitchen decor. For example, you have lime colored walls. You can either have black colored vases (that adds contrast) or yellow to dark green colored vases (that matches the kitchen decor.)
4. Lastly, try to keep your flowers and plants out of the way of normal movement. If your kitchen gets very little foot traffic, you can set up your artificial plants or flowers almost anywhere.
However, if you have kids in the house at all times, and your kids have pets, and you have some of the kids from the neighborhood (along with their parents) dropping by every so often, you may want to try some hanging designs or keeping floral arrangements small and conveniently stowed on top of open kitchen cabinets or the like.