Real vs Artificial Indoor Plants

Real vs artificial indoor plants

Property stylists make use of plants to enhance the aesthetics of a space. Simply adding a plant to the style of the space can elevate its character. But plants are not just all about aesthetics. They also boost one’s mood, encourages productivity, improves concentration and entices creativity. It has proven that plants can help reduce stress and fatigue. They also filter out the air that we breathe, increase humidity and produce oxygen.

Needless to say, plants do not only improve the way our space looks, they also have great health benefits. But as much benefits as it gives, they also require our attention and effort in taking care of them. This is where artificial plants enter the picture.

Your frequency of staying at home

Pros and Cons of Artificial and Real Plants

FeaturesArtificial PlantsReal Plants

Add life to spacesYesYes
Filters airNoYes
Requires lightingNoYes
Requires maintenanceYesYes

Before filling your trunk with plants from your local garden, consider these things first:

Your frequency of staying at home

If you are living alone, taking care of plants could go both ways: it’s either 1) they’re therapeutic for you or 2) they could take up too much of your time. Plants are living beings and need proper maintenance; this applies even to low-maintenance plants. If you don’t have much free time on your hands, artificial plants might be the better option for you.

People and pets you’re staying with

Do you have pets? Do you have a toddler? Or probably both? Pets and toddlers are always curious and might find plants interesting to play with. With proper research, you can purchase non-toxic ones. But still, dealing with the mess is another story.

The energy that you have

As mentioned above, plants are therapeutic. Tending to plants and watching them grow day by day sends a fulfilling feeling. Least to say that plants also need your time and effort. But this doesn’t mean that artificial plants do not require maintenance. Cleaning fake plants is also necessary to avoid dust buildup. Sometimes. this is more time-consuming compared to once or twice watering of real plants.

You do not have to choose between real plants and fake plants. You can combine both to style your property, you just have to know where to place each type. 

People and pets you're staying with

Where to place real plants

First, you have to consider the lighting. You need to place real plants where there is sufficient lighting so that they can grow and thrive. Typically, east-facing windows are the best places to decorate with live plants. However, be careful in placing plants in direct sunlight. If you see your plants’ leaves burning or wilting, you may need to soften the light by adding drapes or curtains.

Second, place them where they won’t disrupt foot traffic. Corners, shelves, and window sills are common areas to look at. These days, people are also fond of installing hanging pots with draping plants. If you want to do this too, make sure that the height of the plant is appropriate to your height so you won’t miss watering them.

Artificial plants that are best to use

What indoor artificial plants are best to use?

Of course, when picking out artificial plants, you want them to look as realistic as possible. But aside from this, you should also consider picking those that are less prone to wear and tear. The best choice would be plastic plants. Plastic plants are also easier to maintain than fabric plants as you can easily wipe off the dust compared to fabric plants which accumulate more dirt.

The top aesthetically pleasing fake plants that complement all home styles are:

  1. Palm tree plant - You can use this when you want to invite a beach vibe to your home
  2. Monstera tree - This is often used as a focus for the room
  3. Pothos plant - This has got to be the most versatile fake plant that you can add in to your room to make it more alive
  4. Succulent plant - This type of fake plant is arguably the most realistic looking plant that you can put on tables and shelves
  5. Silk plant - The texture and color of this plant creates an illusion of multi-colored greenery.

As mentioned above, you don’t have to settle with using just real plants. Combine them with artificial plants to make every corner of the house pleasing.

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