How to Use Artificial Flowers as Home Decor | Home Guides
If you want to add life to your space without crunching your budget, or if real flowers aren’t an option, consider using artificial flowers in your decor. Faux flowers have taken on a new reputation with updated technology that creates lifelike petals and stems. What was once looked down upon is now widely accepted. High-end interior designers as well as magazines geared toward the homemaker and inner decorator have chosen to add artificial flowers to decor, and offer many ways to incorporate the flora in a tasteful way.
Brightly colored flowers gathered together into a beautiful bouquet will liven up any tabletop or other surface. Bunch the stems together, then wrap and tie with string or garden twine. For a living room or reading nook, lay your favorite book open on a chair or side table and place the bouquet on top of the pages. Add some false berries and fruit for the perfect kitchen or dining room table centerpiece. Use bold sunflowers or lillies above the refrigerator or on a wall shelf. Choose intimate roses or daises to place on a bedroom dresser or at the base of the pillows of a dressed-up bed.
Arrange the flowers in a way that will breathe creativity into the space. Artificial flowers resemble real floral types, in realistic colors and natural shapes. Shop at your local craft store for foam, cardboard or wood pieces. Using smaller flowers such as cherry blossoms or mini roses, push the flower stems into a foam ball. Hang your new ornament with ribbon over a doorway, bed, bathroom sink or coffee table. Using flowers with bigger petals such as orchids, cut off the stems and hot glue the buds to wooden or cardboard letters or numbers. Display the first letter of your family’s last name or house number on the front porch or hang on a wall inside the foyer.
It doesn’t have to be a holiday for you to enjoy a floral wreath. Wreaths add warmth and sweetness to any room. Whether you purchase or make one, you’ll find any flower type is enhanced in a wreath arrangement. Many stores offer seasonal and everyday styles. You can also purchase a circular cardboard or foam piece at your local craft store and use the arrangement method, slipping the stems through or securing them with a hot glue gun. Display a wreath with wildflowers in a sunroom or guest bedroom. Group a few wreaths together for a more dramatic look in a living room or family room.
Along with the many different floral styles available, vases have also evolved from plain-Jane clear glass. Ceramic, porcelain, colored glass, antique and vintage heirloom vases are the perfect containers for decorating a room with artificial flowers. Grab a bundle or select only a few, and arrange them in the vase. Display on dining room tables, buffets, side tables or entertainment centers. Put a small vase of flowers on the back of the toilet, kitchen windowsill or hallway shelf.