Faux Flowers, Plants Liven Up a Home
Byline: Amy Lorentzen Associated Press
If there's somewhere in your home that needs livening up but it's not practical to use real plants, consider using faux flowers and greenery.
And don't worry about it.
Decorators, or maybe your mother, used to tell you to skip the fake stuff if you wanted to stay classy. But improved manufacturing and materials are giving artificial plants and silk flowers a fresh reputation.
"The technology has come a long way. They look so real now it's hard to tell," says Kathie Chrisicos, designer and president of Boston-based Chrisicos Interiors.
When you're shopping for faux, pay attention to detail. Manufactured plants and flowers should have the variations in color, texture and density that live plants do, including the look of new growth and old growth, says Doug Hopeman, owner of the Nashville, Tenn.-based Artificial Plants and Trees. Visible stems, branches and trunks should appear realistic.
"The ability to create the minute, intricate detail of everything about the plants and trees helps make them more natural looking than they were 10 years ago," he says.
You can choose from an array of products. People often choose real plants that aren't native to their region, so don't feel limited to the varieties found near you when buying artificial ones, says Jo Pearson, a creative expert with Michaels Stores.
"When it comes to creativity, there is no right or wrong way to choose," she says. "The great thing is that artificial flowers and plants offer the flexibility to choose what you want when you want, regardless of the season or your region."
Current trends in greenery include palms and succulents, as well as potted herbs such as lavender and rosemary, and small leafy plants and ivies. Peonies, mums, dahlias, sunflowers and hydrangeas are among popular silk florals.
Artificial plants are easy to manipulate. …