If there’s one decorative theme that luxury environments - from hotels through to Michelin-starred restaurants - share it’s the presence of fresh flowers. What is the best way to re-create this theme without the cost? By using beautiful artificial flowers instead!
At 123 Flowers, the range of artificial plants and flowers is limitless which means a wealth of opportunities for using beautiful blooms at a fraction of the cost. And, with next day artificial flower delivery, you can bring your room to life in no time at all.
How to use fake flowers as a memento of a special occasion?
When Princess Diana married Prince Charles, she sent her bridesmaids a gift of a rose from her bouquet preserved in Perspex for use as a paperweight. An inspiring gesture and one which could be matched by using silk flowers bought for display during a special event. For example:
Posies of artificial flower arrangements would make stunning centre pieces for a sit-down meal and could be given to chosen guests to take home as an ever-lasting reminder.
Use silk flowers as a wedding cake decoration or for a baptismal cake.
Bring a party theme to life using fake plants or trees and give these away at the end of a night!
Can fake flowers look real?
The high quality of materials used to create faux flowers means that you could even find a bumble bee hunting for some pollen in amongst the petals! Even the touch and feel of artificial flowers and plants isn’t the give-away it once was.
Of course, you may not wish to pass a fake arrangement of blooms off as real, but instead make a statement with a more unusual and creative artificial flower display.
Which fake flowers look real?
Fake indoor plants often make incredibly successful replicas of their real-life versions. If you’re keen to fill a high-up space, artificial hanging plants or foliage provide a long-term solution with no need to feed or water, and zero concerns about a lack of light.
Silk flowers often result in the most realistic replica of natural blooms; think roses, hydrangeas, or tulips; the petals will appear soft and matte – as they do in nature.
Latex flowers match the touch of real flowers most successfully. This material works particularly well with blooms that have thicker petals such as orchids and lilies.
Plastic blooms work well outside as they are able to withstand the elements more effectively. Flowers and plants which themselves appear shiny replicate well in plastic.
What is the best way to clean artificial flowers?
The temporary nature of real flowers means dust is unlikely to form as it will on your permanent floral display. While it might be tempting to spray the petals of faux blooms with water, oftentimes dusting with a small, soft brush – such as a make-up brush, or paint brush – is the most effective way to keep your display looking fresh.
If your artificial flowers are inserted into a resin base that mimics the appearance of water, don’t forget to give this a wipe too and a damp cloth might be more effective for this surface.
Fake plants are also easily cleaned with a damp cloth and a brush would work well if leaves and stems are entwined more intricately.
How to best to wash artificial flowers?
When washing fake flowers and plants, avoid harsh detergents of chemicals especially if your blooms are made of delicate materials as colours may be adversely affected. Instead, stick to water although if something stronger is needed, a few drops of washing up liquid may help.
Fake outdoor plants made of plastic are more robust and likely to benefit from a more thorough washing although it is advised to avoid harsh chemicals.
How to arrange artificial flowers in a vase?
Many of the same flower arranging principles that are used for real flowers apply to faux flowers:
Think about the size of vase or pot you are using in relation to the flowers – tall stems require a tall vase.
Choose a vase or pot that will complement your blooms.
If you’re using a glass vase, think about how you’ll keep your stems in place. Will you use a selection of pebbles, for example?
The balance of a fake floral display is important; check how it looks from different angles.
Use artificial foliage to provide colour contrast and fill space.
Gradually transition between different types of flowers to create a more natural-looking arrangement.
For outstanding customer service, next day faux flower delivery, great quality, and the most realistic faux flowers and plants, 123 Flowers have got it covered. Bring the beauty of outside, inside and enjoy a year-round, low maintenance display of your favourite blooms – whatever the season!