Decorating with Plastic Plants: The Dos and Don’ts

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Decorating with Plastic Plants: The Dos and Don’ts

Staff Writer · Nov 3, 2009

Plants add soothing green color to a room, but for those without a green thumb plastic plants are a better choice. Perhaps you forget to water real plants. Perhaps you want the color and joy of looking at a plant but lack the bright light needed to grow them. Plastic plants offer real benefits, but they can also go horribly wrong. Here’s some tips on getting plastic plants that add to your decor rather than looking tired and dirty in your apartment.

What to Not Do when Interior Decorating with Plastic Plants

  • Don’t get the cheapest plastic plants you can find. Scrimping on certain things is a good idea, but getting plastic plants that look plastic, or have dull leaves will not add beauty to your space. If budget concerns are high, opt for fewer, nicer plastic plants. 
  • Don’t leave candles near your plants. Heat is not the friend of plastic plants, and it can be a fire hazard!
  • Don’t forget to dust the leaves occasionally. Nothing looks worse on a plastic plant than a year of dust buildup coating the leaves. There are sprays available to use when the plant is new that help coat the leaves for easier dust cleanup. Alternatively, just a soap and water rinse every few months is perfectly adequate. 
  • Don’t use the plastic pot it came in. Even a slightly askew basket will draw away from the beauty of these plastic plants, so don’t just plop them in any old container. 
  • Don’t let your artificial plant get squished or bent out of shape. Keep it in a location away from constant contact with pets or children. 
  • Don’t forget to tell other people in your house the plants are plastic, or you may come home to find your roommate watering it! 

How to Decorate with Plastic Plants

  • Do use landscape rock to hold the artificial plant securely in the basket or decorative pot. This will help the plant stay upright and give it more stability so air drafts don’t cause it to fall over. 
  • Do get a variety of different styles of artificial plants. Mix a fern with a ficus tree, or a broad leaf plant in a light green with one with dark leaves. Artificial grasses are a perfect accompaniment to modern decor. 
  • Do get a range of sizes to decorate your home with. Use larger trees for empty corners, and smaller artificial plants for table tops or mantle decorations. 
  • Do fluff the leaves on occasion. Cleaning and the roaming hands of visitors or children will affect the picturesque nature of plastic plants. Form them to look as natural as possible without any kinks or odd angles. 
  • Do consider getting silk plants. They last as long as plastic, but they look more natural. 
  • Do get some silk flowers or flowering plants to add lasting color to your home.
  • Do enjoy the benefits of plant beauty without the watering and fertilizing responsibility!
  • Do add a few drops of scented oil along the brim of your artificial flowers’ vase. 

Decorating with plastic plants is a great way to bring easy and instant green to your home so you can enjoy the lushness of plants in every season.

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