Faux flowers and foliage have come a long way over the years - thank goodness. And now I'm kinda obsessed. Blame the greenery interiors trend or just the fact that as much as I'd love to buy myself fresh flowers every week, having a seasonal bunch I can just whip out at a moment's notice is definitely handy! And I'd like not to kill every second plant I own. So here's how you can decorate with artificial flowers for any room in the house.
OK you know I'm a sucker for a good wreath, and I'm not immune to a little DIY if I can't find exactly what I'm looking for. I whipped up this beauty in a few minutes with the right supplies on hand (watch the video below), and it's easier than you might think.
Wreaths are such a warm and welcoming statement for the entry of your home but they can also be used indoors too, and not just at Christmastime! Have you got an empty wall or door space that could use some spruce in the kitchen, above a mantle, or in your outdoor room? Where an artwork or mirror just won't do, a wreath can add colour, texture and seasonal interest to a room and an artificial one can easily be packed away and replaced for the holidays.
Roses can be an all year round staple choice for a traditional or country style home, or opt for all green foliage and even succulents for more contemporary decor. There's so many options and sizes you can quite easily create something for every mood or special event.....oohh mini pumpkins for Autumn, painted eggs and baby's breath for Easter...yes! #staytuned
Simple Stems for Stature
For height and simplicity, add tall stems to a cylindrical vase on a console or a large pot on the floor. Snip the ends for the perfect fit in slightly smaller vases or stuff the bottom of an opaque container with newspaper to add even more height if needed.
This looks great as the tall balance to a short bowl or bunch of bloom or to add interest to a display of smaller items in the entry, living room or kitchen. The best part about artificial arrangements like this is you can wander about the house finding the perfect position for them without worrying about whether they will get enough light to live there!
A tightly packed bunch of sunflower stems work well for this kind of display, as does leafy foliage and even a single Monstera leaf bent slightly to the side can make a big impact. Cotton pod branches and pampas grass are a more natural and boho option that work well with just a few stems or with many.
“Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”
– Luther Burbank
Make an *expensive looking* statement in minutes with this one. Choose your blooms and simply stuff them tightly into a bowl, short vase or cute ceramic pot. Choose full bloom flowers such as Peonies or Ranunculus that often come pre-bunched and wrapped and be generous for a full and overflowing look. Or if you're feeling adventurous, choose an assortment of flowers and foliage to arrange your own custom creation. Decide if you like a structured shape or don't mind a bit of whimsy with cascading elements. You can always start simple and add more as you live with the look for awhile...they will still be alive when you change your mind!
These bunches are perfect for the centre of the dining table, on an open shelf in the kitchen, on your office desk, or as a beautiful feature in your bookcase. Sit solo or stack atop a pile of books, on a wood slice, or combine with other decor for a vignette you can be proud of.
Have you had a change of heart about artificial flowers too?
How are you using them as the perfect finishing touch in your home?
Let us know in the comments below.
PS. Check out the video below as I attempted to recreate Lydia Millen's luxe rose wreath!
And big thanks to Koch&Co for helping me out with this one.