It’s one of the most hotly debated topics when it comes to flowers in the home – real or artificial? There’s no black and white answer, just lots of colours in between!
And I freely admit that I have both in my own home.
Flowers are significant in a number of ways. They epitomise romance and love, they cheer us up when we’re ill or distressed, they even congratulate us on a job well done. Their presence is comforting and uplifting, and can instantly change the feel of our home. Some of the more artistic arrangements can add a sculptural element as well. But when is it appropriate to opt for artificial flowers instead of real ones?
Fresh flowers are the only acceptable flower choice for gift giving, and are an ideal decorative accessory for a special occasion or event where longevity is not a concern. They create a unique focal point and add to the ambience at weddings, dinner parties, birthdays. Some of the edible varieties can even decorate cakes!
There are many quality florists selling beautiful blooms and creating stunning arrangements. But you can also buy fresh flowers from most supermarkets. They offer low-cost bunches and arrangements of reasonable quality blooms to make buying simple and accessible.
Whatever and wherever your choice, it’s easy to add that instant touch of nature to your home and it’s a lovely way to spoil yourself. Who needs an excuse for that?!
Tips for buying fresh flowers
• Opt for buds which are beginning to open; this way your arrangement will fully bloom within a day or two, and will last the distance.
• Make sure any visible petals are unblemished and not curled at the edges… these are sure signs that your flowers may die sooner than you want. Also the stems should be firm and strong enough to hold the weight of the full flower without snapping or sagging.
• Trim the base of the stem on an angle and use the food sachet provided by most florists to ensure the longevity of your blooms.
• Look to boutique florists like Beautiful Blooms who specialise in beautiful and inventive arrangements.
Artificial flowers are ideal for adding colour and creating ambience in your home without the constant inconvenience or cost of replacing a fresh arrangement. They are also the only viable option where longevity is a concern.
Quality artificial flowers are amazing as most now look and feel like their real counterparts and they never die so never need replacing, nor do they require any maintenance (except the occasional dusting). And if you’re an allergy sufferer you’ll love them as not only do they look great, they have no messy pollen and absolutely no allergens!
For a longterm decorative accessory artificial flowers are an excellent option and when you’re tired of one particular arrangement you can pop it away and bring out another for a while. I do this seasonally, with a summer and a winter theme.
Tips for buying artificial flowers
• Choose varieties that look ‘fake’ even when they’re real, such as Orchids, Lillies and Birds of Paradise. Australian natives are also ideal because the artificial versions of these look every bit as real as the genuine article.
• Use a hair dryer to blow the dust from synthetic flowers.
• Mix up the location of your arrangements. If you always have the same arrangement in the same location this will draw attention to its artificial nature. Move them around and no-one will notice that the same flower arrangement has been there for months.
• Purchase your blooms from suppliers like Flowerama who provide top quality artificial products.
Even Feng Shui experts can’t agree on which is best!
One side of the argument is that a cut flower is already dead, and is detrimental to the energy of a room. This makes artificial flowers, or potted plants the better option.
The other side is that cut flowers are perfectly acceptable and don’t harm the energy.
So you see there are no rules! The choice is yours to make – what best suits you and your home at the time.
If you would like some help with choosing the right artificial flowers, their colours and their arrangement, give Design My Home a call on 0416 190 792 or email email@example.com to book an appointment.