How To Choose A Flower Arrangement

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Brighten up your living space or a special occasion with a beautiful set of artificial blooms. Whilst living flowers spread fresh scents within your home, they are often restricted by seasons and are pollen allergic people's worst enemy.

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Faux flower arrangements are in season all year round and can have indulgent fragrances spritzed on to add that extra touch. Look through our guide and find useful advice on how to choose the perfect mix of faux flowers.

Which Material is Best for Artificial Flower Arrangements?

Faux blooms are mode from several materials, and each comes with its benefits.

  • Latex flowers are made from a milky fluid found in 10% of flowering plans. Due to this, they are quite similar in natural forms to living flowers. Latex molds capture flaws and all, to make them as realistic and natural as possible. These are very common at weddings but can be used within your living space as well.
Latex Mang Flower Stems
Latex Magnolia Stems
Latex Flower and Berry Stems
Latex Orange Magnolia Stems
Latex Red Protea Stems
Latex White Gardenias
  • Plastic flowers are ideal if you are looking for stubbornly durable faux decorations, and because they are mass produced you can easily find them in budget and grocery stores. Plastic is a good choice with flowers that have thick, shiny leaves because they look a bit like plastic anyway, even when they're real.
Orchid Floral Arrangement in Planter
Plastic Mixed Floral Arrangement
Plastic Greenery and Lilies Floral Arrangement
Artificial Lily Flowers Arrangement in Vase
Faux Lilies Floral Arrangement in Vase
Artificial Camelia Flowers Arrangement in Vase
  • Silk is such a beautiful material and makes for the most opulent of artificial flowers. Silk blooms suit weddings and other elegant occasions best because with time edges end up fraying and are not as durable.
Silk Baby's Breath Stems
Silk Hydrangeas Floral Arrangement
Silk Cream Hydrangeas Floral Arrangement
Mixed Silk Flowers Arrangement
Silk Peonies Bouquet Arrangement
Short Silk Peonies Arrangement in Vase
  • Fake flowers made of paper are a great option for artsy people wanting a unique stylized decoration. They will still last longer than living plants but do not expect to last as longer as plastic or latex ones. They are a beautiful centerpiece and can be used for any occasion.
  • Foam blooms are most popular since they are known as a must decoration for parties, Christenings and weddings. Although foam material is durable and has unusual charm, they are not the best option for home interiors because they are easily spotted as fakes.
Artificial Foam Calla Lily Stems Arrangement
Foam Calla Lily Stems
Arrangement of Calla Lilies in Glass Planter
Foam Open Tulip Stem
Premium Lifelike Foam Calla Lily Stems
Foam Poppies Bouquet

How to Clean Fake Flowers?

  • Silk plants need to be dusted off first before they go through the cleaning procedure. You will then need to fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of cold water and plain isopropyl rubbing alcohol. After, you should a wrap a towel at the base of the flowers, which will catch the dripping liquid, and spray them thoroughly. To quickly dry the plant, use a blow dryer on a cold setting.
  • The first step of cleaning plastic flowers is again removing the dust but since plastic is more durable you will not have to be as delicate. If there are debris or dirt stuck in the creases, you can use a stocking over the end of the vacuum to suck the excess off. Or find an old toothbrush or small pain brush and soak it in cleaning product to reach the stubborn spots. It is also important to disinfect plastic plants so you should spray them with a cleaning product with Ammonia D and then leave them in sunlight until dry. This method can be used with foam and latex flowers as well.
  • As for paper flowers, there is only one thing you can do to keep them looking their best and that is dusting. A soft shake can sometimes do the job but might not be as effective as you want it to be. To get in the grooves of the paper, you will need a very soft paintbrush. Also, canned air can be used for cleaning but remember to hold it far enough, so moisture does not reach the paper.

How to Style Fake Flowers?

  • To make artificial flower arrangements look realistic, it is best to style them individually first. It is also important to do your research on real flowers and look at the details, so you know what to look for when choosing realistically looking faux plants.
  • If you would like your flower arrangements to look realistic, it is best to decorate with flowers that are in season. For fall, the colors of the flowers should be reed, burgundy and rust. Winter begs for the same simplicity as the snow so use clean colors like silver and white. Summer and spring are not as strict so you can experiment. However, designers recommend light and pastel colors.
  • Real flowers are not perfect so choose faux blooms that incorporate that same feature. They do not need to be placed perfectly symmetrically.
  • Even if the fake flowers come in a bunch, you do not have to keep them that way. You can separate the bouquet into individual stems and mix them with other fake flowers. Use wire cutters because scissors can get damaged.
  • Odd numbers are known to look better so when choosing your artificial flowers try and find ones that have odd numbers of stems or branches.
  • If you have a mantel, you should warm it up further with some fake fall flowers placed in a square container.
  • Smaller arrangements look best on side tables, so they do not overpower the interior and add enough to brighten up your interior. Do not try to squish in your beautiful arrangements though.
  • Blue hydrangeas tend to fit the kitchen or dining area and can come in big and small bunches. They look extremely beautiful as a centerpiece. Other types of flowers that work well within any interior are -- Gerber Daisies, Tulips, Spray Roses, Lilies and Alstroemeria.
  • Try and not match your furniture to the flowers since your arrangement will lose focus. Ideally, you want the flowers to match the interior but to still pop and bring attention.
Polyester Wistera Bush Arrangement
Magenta Peony Arrangement in Acrylic Vase
Hydrangea Arrangement in Washed Wood Planter
Artificial Camellia Flowers in Vase
Foam Tulip Stem
Latex Red Protea Stems

What Flower Arrangements Will Match My Décor?

  • Contemporary: Contemporary décor embraces minimalism so bright colored flower arrangements might not suit it best. So, you should maybe opt for white amaryllis in a tall glass tank vase.
  • French Country Style: French country style blends simplicity and elegance so it is best to stick to neutral or pastel tones of color. Pastel colored flowers such as heathers would look amazing in a rectangular wooden planter placed on your living room coffee table.
  • Vintage Décor: For a vintage styled home interior, peonies and roses in a mix of shades of pinks, whites and rouge will brighten up your living space, especially if put in a white ceramic vase.
  • Traditional Style: Referred to as Victorian and Edwardian style, traditional decor is usually decorated with mahogany furniture and fine porcelain or glass wares. Flower arrangements should match the bygone era by offering a pop of color. Pick a bouquet of red or pure white roses placed in a glass vase for your living room or a beautiful selection of any colored tulips in a tall vase for your kitchen.
  • Weddings: If you are looking to experiment with a faux flower arrangement for your wedding décor, the material you should choose is silk since it is the most realistic one. Imagine bouquets of silk white lilies or maybe calla lilies decorating the sides of the ceremony room.
Hydrangea Centerpiece in Decorative Vase
Orchid Arrangement in Modern Planter
Polyester Peonies Bunch
Silk Roses Arrangement in Ornate Vase
Summer Garden Mixed Flowers Arrangement in Vase
Rustic Winter Greenery and Pine Cones Arrangement

Quick Tips

We have compiled a shorter guide filled with the most important things for you to consider when choosing fake flower arrangements because we know how overwhelming making the decision might be.