January 06, 2020
What goes around, comes around, especially when it comes to decorating and fashion! Current decorating trends such as velvet, amber glass and indoor greenery could be said to be a throwback to the 1970s, but did you know that some of these trends originated even earlier?
Homemakers in the Victorian era spent large amounts of money on decorating their homes to be safe havens of comfort and visual appeal. The use of indoor plants in these houses was common, so much so that one of the Victorians' favourite plants, the humble palm, is now known as the ‘Parlour Palm’ for its use in 19th century parlours.
Used well, houseplants add a much-needed lift of colour, or even softness to a space that would otherwise be dark, cold or simply lacking oomph! But what about those of us who just don’t have a green thumb? It could be that your house is too dark to keep your plant life happy, or simply that you just forget to water them - faux foliage could be the answer!
When it comes to indoor plants, the debate on faux foliage vs the real thing is often contentious. While we certainly haven’t been the first to jump on the artificial bandwagon, there is no denying that the quality of artificial plants and flowers is better now than ever before.
At the Tara Dennis store, we use a combination of faux plants and the real thing. For our artificial plants, we’ve chosen blooms that are soft in texture and colour, such as heather, willow bush and wheat grass.
Used en masse, they are incredibly effective and really very pretty. Group them in boxes, vases, or old buckets to bring colour and texture into any room, or even give them in a small bunch as a gift.
The key to choosing greenery and floral accents for your space is to keep in mind what your conditions are, and choose accordingly, even if that means looking at artificial plants as an option. Many faux plants and even flowers can be very realistic, and the key is simply to choose what works for you.
So take a leaf from the Victorian book of decorating, and try a bit of greenery in your home! You’ll be amazed at how just a little bit goes a long way!
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