While I’ve love real houseplants, not everyone has a green and thumb, and even with the best intentions we either accidentally forget to water the plant or overwater. There are also circumstances beyond our control, not enough natural light or even too much intense direct light. Even the different Seasons can make it hard to keep plants thriving espcailly depending on what climate you live in. Plus some of the coveted designer plants as I like to call them are so friggin hard to keep alive. I’m looking at your Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees and Ferns, I love ferns, but they either don’t like me or love my home lol. Raise your hand high if you can relate. I’m raising mine!
I say the plants that you love and love you back with growth are the real ones you add throughout your home and the plants that stress you out or you've killed one too many times just take a deep breath and go faux!
Would you ever guess that both the photos above are sporting faux trees? Fantastic right? Both Erin (Elements of Style left pic) and Emily (Emily A Clark right pic) used faux figs in thier homes. Below I’m sharing some tips on how to make a faux plant look real after you bring it home.
15 Amazing Realistic Faux Houseplants for the Home
SHOP THE LOOK. ONE Aloe Vera Plant TWO Verrigated Mirror Houseplant THREE Pencil Succulent in Pot FOUR Trailing Plant FIVE Vine in a Pot SIX Jade Plant (they can be hard to grow inside, this one rocks!) SEVEN Curcuma Tropical Plant EIGHT Fiddle Leaf Fig NINE Agave Plant TEN Philodendrom (love this one!) ELEVEN Palm Pant in Small Pot TWELVE Catucs THIRTEEN Small Pothos FOURTEEN AND FIFTEEN Faux Fiddle, Two Sizes
Tips on How to Make a Faux Plant look Realistic
Planting your new tree in an actual pot or large basket helps give the illusion that the massive tree or small potted plant is real in your home is the real deal. But don’t stop there, add real dirt + preserved moss to the planter along with rocks to create a real vibe. Just think how much better a faux fiddle looks in basket + moss, versus just using the dinky plastic container it arrived in. These little design hacks go along way in helping faux look good. To keep the preserved moss looking good, give a gentle spritz of water once a week. Below are two of my favorite combinations for transforming the look of a faux pot into a real-looking plant.
Doesn't that large faux Fig Leaf Fiddle look incredible in a basket + moss!
Where do you stand when it comes to faux plants and they a big no? I’m a huge fan of them as long as they look good! I spotted a few at Target and OMG they look amazing, number five and eleven as pictured above.
I recently moved my large fiddle leaf fig into my bedroom from the corner spot in my living room while we’ve been working on our built-in bookcase project. Most likely the tree will stay in there; I don’t think it was getting enough light in my living room, its now in front of my french doors receiving lots of indirect sunlight every day. If I get another large house plant for my living room, I’m seriously considering going with a faux Fiddle, because duh almost zero maintenance + the cost of a real tree and faux tree are almost the same price in Sacramento.
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on faux v. real.
In Other Super exciting news, Domino Magazine named my blog on of the Design Blogs their Editors will be bookmarking in 2018! This is such a huge compliment and such a fantastic surprise to be included among so many talented and inspiring design bloggers. Honestly the timing feels so perfect since just relaunched my blog as Katrina Blair (my first name + middle name) its like the universe is saying, yes Katrina the leap of faith you took is the right path for you! And this is my second mention in Domino this year, woot woot! Read the first mention here, its such a good article about why your Instagram needs to be diverse.