Once upon a time, not so very long ago, artificial flowers and plants would conjure up an image of tacky tat that would send shivers down my spine for all the wrong reasons. But in the relatively recent past they have made huge leaps forward and make me tingle for all the right reasons!
They are in fact drop-dead gorgeous – so realistic that we often get asked how often they should be watered – and once you’ve accepted that such gorgeousness and practicality isn’t going to be cheap they actually work out to be very economical compared to their short-lived lookalikies.
Not all of us have green fingers or a lifestyle that permits us regularly to enjoy the beauty of fresh blooms. Faux flowers and plants are no longer second best in looks but exquisite equals in their own right. There are so many routes (or is it roots) you can take; from a flower arrangement you want to design and create yourself to one that’s been pre-made and fixed in its own vase or container complete with faux soil.
They are found in the most inspirational homes and feature in Interiors Magazines and in online Designer Worlds. They can pass the test of close scrutiny so that the most ‘sanctimonious’ of us are crossing over even if just to mix faux eucalyptus sprigs in with fresh flowers to bulk them out. It works and you really can’t tell!
So the general rule of thumb is pay a little more for decent quality faux stems & plants and you will reap the benefits!