My Favorite Faux Houseplants

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styled bookshelf with home decor accents

Are you missing the color green this Winter? During this cold season I find myself craving the color green. In Michigan we go about five month without seeing leaves  on the trees. That’s too long for me!

You’d think houseplants to the rescue, but I’ve lately I’ve had a bad spell in terms of real house plants. Maybe it’s the short days and lack of sun, but my plants look terrible.. I’ve also been busy taking care of our family’s health this extra cold Winter so house plants have taken a back seat. Even my amazingly easy to care for Peace Lilies that purify air better than some air purifiers are looking sad.

I’ve bought fertilizer and put a watering schedule in my phone so hopefully my plants will start to look better soon. In the meantime I’ve been checking out faux house plants. Who doesn’t want always healthy looking plants to fill the green gap.

What to look for when shopping for faux plants.

Finding an affordable faux plant that actually looks realistic is much harder than you might think. Whoever makes faux plants should look to the real ones for inspiration first. Here’s my must have list when deciding on what faux plants to use in our home.

-Variation in leaf size.
-Leaves that have several shades of green in them.
-Foliage with a non waxy appearance.
 

Here are some of my Favorite Faux House Plant suggestions.

home decor styled bookshelf with faux plant

bookshelf styled with faux plant and wooden beads

FERNS

Ferns always make me smile. This fern on our family room shelf brightens up an already pretty good shelfie, if I do say so myself. Faux ferns are easy to find, but not all are equally realistic. Look for faux ferns made of fabric like material that makes for a lighter leaf. which is more in line with the actual texture of natural ferns. This one here is a good example.

close up of a faux potted olive plant

potted small olive tree on wood table

faux  potted olive tree on fireplace mantel

OLIVE TREES

I love the classic look of potted olive trees. It reminds me of Italy, sunshine and good food! This one in our dining room moves from the table to the fireplace mantel. I never have to worry if it gets enough light. Three of these here would make a simple, yet sophisticated center piece. These faux olive plants here are also very life like and I love the planter’s weathered stone look.

bowl of dried moss styled on a buffet with neutral home decor

buffet with ceramic bowl of moss, books, vintage home decor

MOSS

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve glance over at my dried, dyed moss and smiled. Yes smiled! The freshness of green brings happiness, and when it’s not outside bring it into your home. I’m including this beautiful dried moss here and here in my faux plant round up because it’s such an easy way to get your green fix

Find a pretty bowl and lay your moss inside making sure to round the top for a smooth look. Warning, because it’s dried moss and is an organic compounds it may be of great interest to your pets. When I had it on our coffee table our dog loved sticking his nose in it and making a mess. I keep it up on a buffet now. 

faux plant styled on shelf in home interior

hanging variegated faux plant on shelf with home deocr

PHILODENDRONS

Faux plants can really cheer up a space that’s gets little to no natural light. They’re perfect in windowless bathrooms and dark corners of your home. On this shelf no plant would survive for long due to lack of light, but this variegated, small hanging leaf faux philodendron makes for a  lovely contrast to all the books and containers. Here are a few other small hanging plants that works beautifully on shelves.

shelf styled with books, faux boxwood, books

two faux boxwood plants in gray vintage pots

BOXWOODS

When shopping for faux plants don’t forget your local thrift shops. I’ve found a few life like faux plants at thrift shops. Technology is making better and better faux plants everyday so any you would find at thrift stores are probably older and might not compete with the newer ones. However, look for them anyways because you never know and the prices are incredible.

When people donate to a thrift store they may be giving something that is very outdated. Thankfully plants are plants and nothing can make them go out of style, but the container or planter may be outdated. No worries! At thrift stores look for the plant only, not the container.  If you find a silk plant from the 80’s it might be beautiful and in great condition but the pot it’s in makes you cringe. This is when you just replant your faux house plant into a modern planter. You could also paint the outdated planter and cover it up with the color of your choosing.

My thrifted boxwood plants have been a great staple for many years. For some reason faux boxwood is tricky to find. I found these here and they’re a very good deal. They also come in a beautiful, weathered planter.

bookshelf styled with faux plant and wooden beads

If you’re craving the colors plants bring to a space and want a simple no fuss option there are many realistic faux plants out there to choose from. Hopefully you’ve seen a faux plant here that would be perfect in your home. Try one out and enjoy the beauty without any upkeep.

Do you have a favorite faux house plant? 

My Favorite Faux Plant Round Up

Ferns – here and here

Olive Trees – here and here

Moss – here and here

Philodendrons – here and here

Boxwoods – here and here

 

 

 

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