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Should you opt for faux plants?

By Andrew Bell

Once a decor don’t, faux plants are slowly making their way back into Gold Coast properties. Here, we look why fake fronds and pretend petals are making a comeback, and why you should – or shouldn’t – bring them into your space.

Lifelike leaves

In the past, simply hearing “fake plants” was enough to conjure images of tacky wired flowers, with dusty velvet petals in gaudy tones. Today, these faux plants take on a natural approach to decor, and if you’re willing to pay the price, are incredibly realistic. This realism not only extends to colour, but in intricately crafted creases with reflective or matte finishes that are accurate to the plant being imitated.

The trend of the moment is monochromatic tones, including single-colour plants. While achieving a monochromatic garden isn’t impossible, it definitely is often up to chance, as every plant will tone up and colour differently as it grows. If you’re not in a position to control the environmental conditions of your plants, creating a single-colour garden is easy with fake plants, as you can browse and match shades, knowing that the tone is long-lasting.

Low maintenance

While bringing organic, natural plants into the home has plenty of benefits, they often take more upkeep and work than people are usually prepared to put in. For those with busy lives or who aren’t often home, fake plants are the perfect way to forge the illusion of nature. This way, you can have leafy greens in your rooms without running the risk of ending up with a bunch of dead plants if you forget to water them.

As an extra benefit, faux plants are pet and toddler friendly as they don’t carry the same toxins as some plants that are harmful when ingested. That being said, it’s still a wise idea to keep these plants out of the reach of little arms – or paws – just to be safe.

Dramatic decor

While many people opt to integrate faux plants into their home as small pops of greenery to a room, for others, it serves as a more dramatic feature. A feature wall built entirely of fake plants is a great, 3-D twist on the painted accent wall, and instantly turns your room into an urban rainforest. Your wall can be as extravagant or subtle as you want. For some, a light grassy look is enough to pull texture and dimension into the space, while others may fall in love with the idea of having a wall of faux roses for romantic, Valentines Day vibes.

One of the limitations for plant fans in Australia is climate and geography – not all plants are going to grow in the same places. With faux plants this issue is alleviated, as these imitations can take the shape of any plant you choose, no matter where in the world they originate from.

When to forgo the faux

Though fake fronds are dynamic decor to bring into the home, there’s nothing like bona fide plants. If you have the time and patience to care for the real deal, definitely opt for the living option over the fake. Not only is this a more environmentally friendly option for choosing plants over plastic, but having actual greenery in your home helps in purifying the air of your home. According to NASA’s Clean Air Study, plants clear the air of chemicals, such as synthetic dyes from furniture, which can cause fatigue and headaches.

Ready to find a new Gold Coast property to call home? Get in touch with the team at Ray White Surfers Paradise for a friendly consultation.

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