For our interior design team faux plants are an essential. Whether we’re styling up a newly decorated living room or adding texture to show home the impact created by thoughtful use of artificial plants is second to none.
There are a few rules we stick to and a couple of tips we couldn’t do without, we're sharing them with you now...
1. Fluff Up; to make sure faux plants look as natural as possible we always “fluff them up”. Plants come wrapped and packed to keep them safe and this means they can look a bit stiff. Shape the leaves and stems so they’re behaving like the real thing, if you’re not sure, search for “maidenhair fern” or “cyclamen” images. This also ensures that each plant doesn’t look too neat and tidy, always a giveaway!
2. Plant Up; when you put a potted faux plant in a ceramic container finish it off with a layer of moss as a “mulch”. It adds natural texture and colour and will hide the plastic container inside. If you’ve got a plant on a stem, “plant” it in oasis and top off with moss. You can pin the moss to the oasis with a few pieces of green wire if you want extra security. Our favourite moss (after much experimentation) is a preserved natural sheet moss (sustainably grown not picked from the wild) which you can buy here; https://www.acanthusinteriors.com/collections/flowers-plants/products/preserved-moss-flat-moss
3. The Rule of Three; most interior designers have a bit of a thing about groups of three. It can be an elegant and dramatic way to display anything special. A favourite of mine is three identical plants in single pots lined up on a mantlepiece or console table. However you don’t always want to buy three of everything, if you follow tip number 4 you’ll never go wrong!
4. Mix It Up; we like to use varying heights and textures for added punch. Rough with smooth, large leaves with delicate fronds, flowers with foliages. When choosing pots try two similar finishes but different sizes. We’ve put some of our favourite combinations together here so you can get inspired. This approach will allow you to use groups of two as well as groups of three.
5. Keeping Clean; Although they are the ultimate in low maintenance most faux plants could do with a little TLC from time to time. Give the leaves a gentle wipe with a damp microfibre cloth, we use a mix of water and white vinegar for gentle but effective cleaning with no residue. For flowers we use a hairdryer set on cool which will get any dust out of all the nooks and crannies.
6. Get Snippy!; Scandalous, but be brave! With some plants I’ll cut two or three sprigs from an inconspicuous area so I can make a Kokedama to match the existing plant. It’s a cost effective way of creating balance in a room. Display the two pieces side by side or split them up (with your Kokedama hanging at a window and the plant on a side table)
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