Artificial plants and flowers are a great way of adding colour to your interior design and bringing it to life

Previously considered tacky, advances in the design and production of artificial plants and flowers have been embraced by the world of interior design. If you’re looking to spruce up your home with some colour, artificial flowers are an excellent means of embellishing your home interior with some floral charm. Read more to discover three simple ways you can effectively adorn your home with artificial flowers.

1. Choosing the Right Vase

On the left: two white, geometric vases. In the middle, a white, twisting vase with a bouquet of lillies. On the right, a round, green, patterened vase with a white bouquet in it. All vases and Florals by Aufora.

One can rarely think of floral arrangements without vases, and once you’ve decided on your choice of artificial flowers and foliage, vases should be the first thing to consider. However, there is an art to picking the right vase for your chosen floral arrangement. 

If using a larger vase, longer stems are preferable. Unless you’re wanting a grand bouquet, we advise favouring one colour, complemented by neutral toned flowers, brimming with foliage for a more natural aesthetic. Be conservative with your colours and types of flora to avoid diluting the effect of your livelier colours.

You have more freedom for styles and variety with a medium size vase. While you still want to maintain colour palettes complemented by foliage, don’t be afraid to splash that extra bit of colour in there. You’ll also want to tie the arrangement at the stem to keep it in place.

For smaller vases we recommend minimal greenery and just a few bright, statement flowers. Don’t tie these stems, instead allow the flowers to sit naturally, as you’ll want the flowers to seemingly bloom from the vase.

You should also consider what type of vase you want for your flowers. Colour and design can add that extra statement when paired with the right flowers. Consider pairing sleek white ceramic vases with vibrant bouquets, or smaller glass vases with some brightly coloured and leafy single stems. With artificial flowers you don’t need to worry about changing the water, in fact, most artificial flowers aren’t waterproof and prolonged exposure to water can actually cause the wired stem to rust.

2. Where to Place Them

Another thing you’ll want to consider is room placement. There are no hard and fast rules for where you should place different floral arrangements. However, the effective placement of the right plants and flowers can really enhance your interior design.

In hallways you’ll generally want statement pieces, spectacular arrangements that will make an impression. You might want a bright and colourful bouquet, or artificial garlands winding down your stairway bannister. These striking arrangements are great conversation starters and are sure to impress guests.

two photo frames and two tall, glass, round vases with a bouquet stems in the right one. All products by Aufora

The dining table is another great area to place your statement pieces. But why limit yourself to one? A row of rose and peony bouquets can be the perfect centrepiece to your dining room. Dried flowers are often overlooked as a means of enhancing your home decor. Why not dash some potpourri into that decorative glass bowl in your kitchen, dining or sitting room and add a charming, understated feature to your interior design?

For bathrooms we’d recommend hanging eucalyptus as a natural element to offset the plain white style of most modern bathrooms. If you’re opting for flowers, due to spatial constraints, choose a small vase with a simple arrangement of flowers with a muted colour palette.

When considering bedside flowers go minimalist. You’ll want to leave room for lamps, books and other bedside essentials. We recommend a small vase, foliage and flowers with relaxed tones. On the other hand, you can’t go wrong with a potted succulent or two.

3. Keep Them Looking Natural

When styling your floral arrangement, a general rule of thumb is to keep artificial plants as flowers looking as natural as possible. Try to avoid bright, plastic materials, as these often appear cheap and tawdry. Try and keep the arrangement colours just as muted as their natural counterparts for an attractive and authentic effect. Another benefit of artificial plants and flowers is the choice to apply essential oils to them, creating a fresh, fragrant setting.

A bouquet of white roses and lavender stems in a living room. Bouquet by Aufora

Keep in mind your other home decor when contemplating your floral arrangement. Visualise how the plants and flowers will interact with other colours and artistic styles of your interior design. The right flower colours could match your chosen colour palette of a room, or a certain arrangement might complement your furnishings. Experiment with artificial flower arrangements you think will suit the theme of your interior design.

Incorporating Floral Arrangements into Your Home

On the left: A large, pink, potted orchid next to an umbrella rack. On the right: a large. white, twisted vase with a bouquet of white and pink lillies in it. All florals and vase by Aufora

There you have it, three ways to enhance your interior design using artificial plants and flowers. Vases, rooms and home interior aesthetics should all be considered when contemplating an artificial flower arrangement. The right interior design can easily transform a house into a home and what home interior would be complete without some floral colour and texture.


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