We're not talking about sad plastic carnations set on budget restaurant tables or a dusty vase of roses fading on your gran's shelf, faux flowers have recently turned over a new leaf and become on trend and beautiful!
In recent months they've de-headed their dowdy reputation thanks to an increase in their convincing ‘real-life' quality and new attractive and inspiring varieties available to buy.
Artificial flowers are doing so well that online market place Ebay is boasting that nearly 95,000 artificial roses have sold in the last three months alone on its site; that's nearly one every minute!
Interestingly, the top five faux flowers being sold on eBay are:
Roses are firmly rooted in top position
Hydrangeas are pushing up in second with 10 sold every hour
Daisies spread themselves out in third place with nearly 3,000 listing on the site
Lavender has established itself in fourth place
While the popular wedding flower Gypsophila is fifth selilng more than 120 items a day
And, it's not just single stems adorning our resin filled vases. Beautiful bouquets are becoming ever popular because of their arrangements of incredibly realistic fake blossoms that last well beyond any real flowers would. Ebay state that 95,000 artificial bouquets have sold in the last three months.
It seems the popularity of faux flowers is also down to top florists collaborating with high street brands to offer us outstanding ranges of faux arrangments for our own homes.
Jane Packer has recently launched a collection with Sainsbury's featuring romantic peonies, hydrangea heads, garden roses
and elegant orchids in a gentle blush palette which come ready displayed in an elegant glass or simple ceramic vase, which means
you don't have to arrange them. housetohome has done some research and have a whole guide to the most realistic fake flowers available.
Bloom, the UK's leading silk flower retailer says: "Faux Flowers have been increasing in popularity over the last couple of years for a number of reasons.
"Mainly the quality - no longer are they considered fake and plastic. Bloom's faux flowers are designed to replicate nature's delicate work; hand-crafted so that each individual flower is as unique and beautiful as the real thing"
So, if you have only ever displayed fresh stems in your home why not try a fake floral explosion with so many ranges of flowers and plants available but with the added benefit that they will stay that way for years to come.
Sound good? Check out our guide to creating the perfect fake flowers display.
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Rachel Homer has been in the interiors publishing industry for over 15 years. Starting as a Style Assistant on Inspirations Magazine, she has since worked for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines and websites. After starting a family, she moved from being a content editor at Idealhome.co.uk to be a digital freelancer and hasn’t looked back.
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