Faux plants are back! Yay or nay?

September 26, 2019

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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  1. I have a very hard time remembering to water plants inside and so I am all about faux plants. But I only buy ones that look extremely real. I have a metal window box full of faux ferns in my front window. It has taken awhile to fill it up cause I only buy the faux plants that speak to me.

  2. Since I kill most plants, I like to use faux in a few spots in my home. I love your examples and might have to pick up some of those cute olive branches!

  3. Love the olive branches! I used to live in a house with perfect lighting for real plants, not now. Have been keeping an eye out for faux that I like.

  4. I personally love faux plants! I hate having responsibility, so they're perfect for me. Except the cleaning – but I guess it's marginally better than having to keep something alive haha! 🍃🙂

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  5. I don't mind faux plants at all as long as they look so real what's the big deal? I used to only do live plants but I didn't like the bugs they attract in the house, my dog would get into the dirt sometimes and when he was a puppy thought it was great that I brought a tree into the house for him. After that, it was faux all the way! They have come a long way with faux plants from the days of plastic ones.

  6. I love that glass vase on your entry table with the olive branches. Where did the vase come from? So pretty!

  7. I like both, but lately I am all about faux plants for being able to use them virtually anywhere in the house. I bought a fiddle leaf fig tree from PB for a steal and love it so much. I can never kill it. (:

  8. Thanks for the list to make them more realistic. They're just so practical!

  9. Nay for me. Live plants absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. There are so many easy care succulents available, and they produce cute little offspring.

  10. Mostly nay because they are such dust magnets. How do you clean them?


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