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:
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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:
And for the entry table:
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:
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!:
I also love these little pots with faux greenery I found at At Home:
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:
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:
I also found this simple peony arrangement at HomeGoods and I LOVE it!:
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.)