Decorating with Artificial Flowers: Tacky or Smart?

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Decorating with Artificial Flowers: Tacky or Smart?

Staff Writer · Sep 9, 2010

Decorating with artificial flowers is the only option for many renters who are allergic to real ones, or have little time available to take care of flowers. Artificial flowers can’t compare to real flowers, but that does not make them tacky. In fact, some artificial flowers are expensive, because they are designed to look authentic. Here’s why using artificial flowers is very smart:

Long Lasting

Fresh flowers can last up to several days before they die. You have to pick or buy more to replace old ones all the time, and if you’re buying them, you have to budget for this extra cost. On the other hand, artificial flowers last a long time, and there’s only a one time payment. The only reason it wouldn’t last is if someone intentionally destroys it, or if it gets exposed to elements not agreeable to the materials used to make the flower. Otherwise, you can use the same flowers over and over again, from one apartment to the next.

No Time Required

Plants are living things, and require attention. You may not have the time for that if you’re a busy person. However, if you want flowers in your apartment, then artificial flowers are the perfect substitute. You don’t have to take time to water or cut them. No time for care and maintenance is required, which is a time saver.

Not Limited to the Seasons

When you buy real flowers, you’re limited to what’s in season. What if you want the same flowers when the ground is frozen outside? This is not a problem with artificial flowers. For example, you can have summer flowers to display to help lift your spirits during a rough winter. You might choose to rotate artificial flowers to match the seasons as well.

Multiple Uses

You may need to decorate with artificial flowers in other settings, and you can use what’s in your apartment. For example, if you’re a business owner, you can pack the flowers with you and use it to decorate a booth space. You can donate it for use on the set of a play or other function, and reuse it in your apartment when you get it back.

Easy to Move

Many professional movers will not transport house plants and flowers, because they don’t want to be responsible for it dying along the way. Moving artificial flowers is not a problem though, because it’s not living. Even if you don’t hire a mover, transporting fresh flowers among your other personal belongings is difficult, which is why most renters throw them away. You can pack your artificial flowers safely in boxes or other containers with your other belongings without it getting dirty or damaged. Then, you’ll be able to decorate with them in the next apartment.

Allergy Free

If you’re an allergy sufferer, you do everything you can to keep your home environment free of irritants. Real flowers are beautiful, but they do trigger allergic symptoms that are not tolerable to sensitive individuals. Artificial flowers are allergy free, making it a safe choice.

Some interior decorating professionals don’t hesitate to use artificial flowers, and neither should you. It’s a smart and not tacky for all the reasons stated above.

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