Faux florals can look real. It all depends on how you style them.
You can pay a lot – or a little – for silk flowers. Price doesn’t always indicate quality or good looks.
Designer Melissa Eror, from Modern Display, shares five keys to styling faux florals to look like the real thing.
5 Keys to a Realistic Faux Floral Arrangement
Quality is KEY! Fraying, lines on plastic from molds, glue drips/residue all make a stem look less realistic. Look for variations in color on the stems you buy.
GIVE IT LIFE BY SHAPING
Nature isn’t straight likes and angles. Nature has curves and quirks and angles, bends and twists. No two stems are exactly the same, don’t shape them the same
BE INSPIRED BY NATURE
Look at pictures of the real thing, better yet, look at in real life, see how it looks and try to replicate that using your artificial stems.
If it is a plant, would it grow how you are using it? Use a top dressing to cover mechanics. Top tip: Use expensive or delicate focal flowers that are artificial combined with fresh fillers and greens.
KEEP THEM DUST-FREE
Dust and cobwebs are a dead giveaway- Make sure to keep your plants and florals dust-free and clean– depending on where it is located in your home dust it as often as needed. Clean in the kitchen sink, use a floral cleaning spray or a cool blow dryer. A Swiffer duster works great on broad-leaf trees.
Melissa Eror is an interior designer, and design team manager at Modern Display. Visit the new Modern Display store at 5959 So. State St., Murray.