Faux plants are back! Yay or nay?

I’ve noticed a trend over the past year or so and I’m kind of loving it! 
It seems faux plants are BACK! Were they ever even gone? I think so, for awhile. Trends come and go, and a trend a years back in the design world was a general disdain for any kind of faux plant in decor. 
I’ve always said to each their own — if it’s not trendy and you love it, do it! I actually appreciate decor that isn’t on trend even more. Although I have to admit I pulled back on the faux a little bit over the years. 
But they are definitely back! Flowers, greenery…I’ve seen it all lately. I’ve always had some in our decor, but I’ve been adding a little more in over the past few months. 
I’m especially in love with the faux olive stems I found: 
Olive stems in fall centerpiece
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I found them at Michael’s and almost passed on them. They have a lighter shade on the underside of each leaf that looked a little too fake to me at first. But then I thought about how the olive trees shimmered in the wind on our trip to Italy and realized that’s how they look in real life. 
I grabbed some (40 percent off) for our kitchen table: 
Fall table arrangement with olive stems
And for the entry table: 
Faux olive stems in glass vase
They are SO lovely for fall! I’ll probably use them year-round but I especially love them this season. I can’t find them on the Michael’s site but these are very similar
I shared my absolute favorite place for faux plants here — I use them all over! They are the most realistic I’ve found. I love them for spots like our powder room that don’t get a ton of natural light: 
The best faux plants I've found
They’re also great for areas where you just completely forget you have a real plant and NEVER water them. That may have happened in the bathroom. 😉 
There are three variations in that size and I use each one in our decor. They are full, real looking and super cheap!: 
Dark green shelves decor
I also love these little pots with faux greenery I found at At Home: 
Decorating bookcases with faux plants
You can see more examples of how I use them under glass like that cloche above in this post!
Our bathroom is another spot that gets decent light, but I ALWAYS forget to water real plants in there. Instead I added a few faux plants to the two-toned cabinet
Painted two tone Ikea cabinet in bathroom
I don’t use a ton of fake florals, but I found these faux cherry blossoms on Amazon and they are so realistic looking. I was quite impressed with them: 
Faux cherry blossoms in basket
I also found this simple peony arrangement at HomeGoods and I LOVE it!:
The faux flower trend is back!
It’s light and fluffy and the pretty hobnail glass vase makes it look even better! 

I’m lucky to have a green thumb and am able to grow (most) real plants easily, but it’s nice to have other options that will always look good! Here are a few tips to making your faux plants and flowers look more realistic:

  • Don’t be afraid to mix with real flowers — this is a great trick and definitely helps to fool the eye.
  • “Replant” them in real planters/baskets/decorative containers. 
  • I find the smaller the leaf, the more realistic it the plant looks. Succulents and air plants are GREAT options. 
  • For florals, the leaves always seem to be a giveaway. Don’t be afraid to trim them off so they look even better!
  • Arrangements in water or fake water like my peonies above tend to look more realistic as well. 
  • Don’t forget to clean them occasionally! (But this goes for real plants as well.) 

Are you on the faux flower or plant train? Have you always been?

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Faux plants are back! Yay or nay?