There was a time when the list of the Top 10 errors of judgement for interior designers and homeowners included use of fake plants pretty close to the top. These days designers and consultants are often suggesting artificial flora with more and more often! It seems that fake plants and artificial leaves and foliage turned the corner from gauche to gorgeous!
It’s a situation with some appeal for those of us bereft of the essential “green thumb” so necessary keep real plants alive and prospering. We convince ourselves it’s because the rooms in our house are lacking in sunlight, or that we simply can’t afford that gorgeous miniature palm tree that dominates picture-perfect interior design photographs.
Sometimes, those things are legitimately the case. But, alas, some of us (*raises hand*) were just born with a black thumb. Believe me, I understand how hard this can be to accept. I’m a Southern woman — gardening should practically course through my veins. And, yet, here I sit, a serial killer of house plants.
Lifelike and colourful, our fake plants and artificial leaves & foliage might not smell like the real thing, but they’ll give your house a real image boost. They never wilt, won’t need watering and will stay looking fresh year after year. If you keep a few stored away, you can even vary your display or brighten up a room anytime you feel like it…
That’s why ReadyLeaf.co.nz decided to put together this very little guide to buying faux / fake plants and greenery. We hope it will help you master the art of incorporating these previously under-rated, low-maintenance flora forms into your house décor.
Plastic Plants vs. Fabric Plants
Artificial plant manufacturing technology has evolved dramatically in recent years – remember those unconvincing silk plants our grandmothers were so fond of? Modern advancements in plastics ensures that today’s fake plants have very realistic textures, colours and reflective properties. Modern plastic plants can be created using molds of real plants, and then injection-filled with soft foam for an extremely realistic textures.
An often overlooked aspect of certain plant species is that the real ones actually look fake to start with, so the fake ones automatically look authentic. Succulents are a good example of that, and who doesn’t like, the look of succulents?
Silk plants are nowhere near as hard-wearing as plastic fake plants. The game is up when it becomes obvious that you’ve got a fake fern on your hands – easy spot when the leaves are frayed and/or bleached by the sun.
We recommend that you select premium grade plastic plants!
What to Look For When Buying Artificial Plants
Take full advantage of the primary reason modern plastic plants work so well – i.e. that they mimic the look of specific live plants. This is achieved by selecting faux versions of plants with a natural “plastic” appearance, such as: aloe, fiddle leaf figs, air plants, lotus leafs, snake plants, banana trees, philodendrons, maguey stems, monster leaves, certain types of ferns, bird of paradise planters, and succulents.
An equally sensible idea is to purchase fake plants that emulate preserved varieties of real foliage. When all is said and done, preserved foliage isn’t really alive either!
We recommend that you avoid plants that strike you as in any way gimmicky. Fake rain droplets are a good example. If the finish of the plant is very glossy, that can sometimes look a bit over the top too. Consider plants with carefully-crafted organic details like delicate root sheaths at the bottom of the plant and “dirt” around its base. When you go shopping, its a good idea to have some real photographs of the plants you are intending to purchase replica copies of so you can compare the aesthetics of the leaves and stems.