So I have this confession. . . I’m a bit of a fake flower snob. As a general rule, I just don’t like to display artificial blooms in my home, especially in tight quarters. That being said, I have made a few exceptions here and there because I have managed to locate some silk bushes that really do mimic real life. Here are a couple of my current favorite florals and a few tips for displaying faux flowers in your own home.
A few forsythia stems mixed in with a few natural tree sprigs make for a very springy arrangement. It’s obvious that these silk blooms are not real, but since forsythia blossoms look a bit unnatural in the wild they are a good choice for indoor displays. Throwing in a few real twigs adds a natural element to the whole arrangement and finishes off the look.
I purchased this lavender spray at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago while it was on sale. Y’all know I rarely pay full price for anything in this world, especially at Hobby Lobby. Even at half-off this beauty wasn’t cheap, but I am soooo glad I made the purchase. I think it looks really cute in my IKEA pitcher and is now adorning my dining room table on a daily basis. Here again, lavender sprigs are a bit odd in real life so their faux version is somewhat forgiving. Also, the quality of this reproduction was top-notch so I opted to spend a few extra dollars instead of picking a cheaper version that didn’t quite cut it.
Five Tips for Displaying Faux Flowers
- Look for florals that naturally have sparse or oddly shaped blooms.
- Spend a little more money for better quality florals.
- Add natural elements to help sell the the whole arrangement as real.
- Pick an interesting container to display your faux flowers. Something other than a typical vase can be a great choice, be it a basket, a bucket or other fun-shaped vessel.
- Spread out the stems of your sprays or bushes to create a fuller and more natural look. You can also cut apart stems to add some difference in height and fullness.
I also should add that while I would rather display fresh flowers in my own home on a regular basis, fresh bouquets can be costly and there isn’t much to cut this time of year. So while I wait for the the daffodils, peonies and tulips to do their thing I am willing to display a few fakes, but only while using a discriminating eye. I believe an interesting empty container can be better than a vessel full of cheap fakes.