Interiors-obsessed blogger Becky Pink is transforming a 1970s house into a modern family home. In her September column for Celebrate:MK, she explains how fake plants have given her home a trendy new look.
Are you green fingered? I am not at all, but I love the look of plants in my home.
Recently, I have been on a mission to pick up realistic faux houseplants.
They add a splash of green, yet don’t require any maintenance.
Greenery is a Pantone colour of the year, but I think it needs to be used in moderation (in my home at least!)
Adding foliage – fake or real – is a great way to nod to the trend, in a cost effective, temporary way.
I found these faux Monstera leaves (pictured above) at Frosts Garden Centre in Woburn Sands, for £4.99 for three.
I love how they balance the green in the stems of the flowers in my picture.
Monstera leaves (or Swiss Cheese Plants, as they are also known) also feature strongly in the fashionable tropical look, so you get two trends in one!
I’ve embraced faux greenery in our kitchen/diner, too, where the green tones soften the clean look of our pale grey kitchen cupboards.
I ordered the faux ivy (below) from Amazon for a couple of pounds.
Because it has multiple strands, you can wind them around things, and make them ‘climb’ up, as well as trail down, just like real ivy.
I have these faux IKEA plants in my Tiger plant hangers in the dining area (below).
They add interest to the corner. I also have faux flowers from Home Sense in Kingston, and you can find good ones at Dunelm too.
You can put them away if you get bored of them, and bring them out months later, and they’ll still look as fresh as a daisy.
I have got some real plants too, but may well replace them with fake versions when they inevitably die!
Becky Pink is a freelance copywriter and journalist who blogs about her family, life and home at pinkscharming.com. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @pinkscharming