The do’s and don’ts of artificial flowers

  • A small artificial arrangement serves as a highlight on a family room coffee table. Design Recipes

Tribune News Service
Published: 10/11/2018 4:29:51 PM

From peonies to orchids, roses, succulents and lilies, all these flowers and more can help brighten and add color and interest to a home. Gone are the days of dusty, dingy artificial flowers. These days, artificial flowers can be a welcomed alternative, especially for those who are looking for low maintenance, long-lasting color.

When considering using artificial flowers, here are some tips to keep in mind to make the most of your selections.


■Consider using artificial flowers in a residence that is not full time. Artificial flowers are an ideal choice for weekend or vacation homes — or for people who travel frequently for work.

■Look for quality. Higher quality artificial florals will likely lead to a more realistic look.

■Consider using smaller artificial arrangements in areas such as bedroom nightstands and coffee tables.

■Consider infusing color using artificial flowers. Colors such as red, pink and green can add a pop of color to a space.

■Be careful with pets. Animals may be attracted to artificial leaves and blooms, posing a potential danger.


■Place artificial flowers near heat such as heaters or candles as they will likely melt.

■Dismiss using white flowers. White flowers are a staple of many interior designers looking to add flowers as part of creating a neutral palette.

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■Overdo it. While there may be a temptation to use artificial flowers in multiple ways in the same room, they can be most powerful in some instances when used/mixed in a space with the presence of real trees and floral arrangements.

■Only consider florals and blooms in your artificial arrangements. Succulents can serve as the foundation for a modern, classic look.

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