Why fake plants are becoming so popular?

In recent years, artificial plants have experienced a surge in popularity within home decor. As an interior designer, I’ve witnessed this trend firsthand and have come to understand the various factors contributing to their growing appeal.

In this post, we’ll share 5 plants we use daily for our designs and the reasons behind why we use them. Fake plants can work equally well for luxury as well as traditional home styles when staging a house to sell, preparing and impressing for a dinner party, adding lush green without maintenance, or being a design fanatic.

 
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George Nicola

George is a seasoned interior designer and property marketing strategist with over 13 years of experience. He specializes in transforming properties into visually stunning spaces, helping clients recognize the potential and beauty in each property. With an impressive international client base of exciting projects throughout Europe and America.

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Let’s be honest, not everyone has the space for expansive landscaping around their pool. Faux greenery is gaining popularity, along with the one-wall kitchen trends, and it could be a great option for adding a touch of nature in a way that’s practical for pool design in 2024.

Here’s why I think it’s worth considering:

Realistic Options: Advancements in design mean these fake plants are getting incredibly lifelike. Think lush palms, even delicate flowering vines that could soften a pool fence.

Low-Maintenance Beauty: Ideal for spaces around the pool where dropped leaves, pollen, and debris from real plants would become a huge issue. Faux greenery keeps the look with none of the cleanup hassle.

No Pool-Care Conflicts: Unlike with some real plants, you don’t need to worry about fertilizers, dropped leaves, or roots that could interfere with your pool system.

Creative Potential: While real plants are beautiful, faux greenery gives you more creative control. Go for a vibrant tropical look, a dramatic zen garden vibe – anything goes without the worry of whether certain plants would even thrive in your poolside environment.

Of course, there’s nothing quite like real plants. But, if you’re looking for low maintenance, have not much space, long and narrow hallways, or are just looking for ways to add lushness, strategically placed faux greenery could be an excellent solution for your pool design.

Tall Ficus lyrata Tree in a pot

As a seasoned interior designer, I’ve witnessed firsthand the growing popularity of artificial plants in home decor. My wife Niki and I recently decided to put some of the top contenders to the test, and we were thrilled with the results.

One of our favorite finds was a lush fiddle leaf (ficus lyrata) fig tree. Unpacking and setting it up was a breeze, and we were immediately impressed by its lifelike appearance, it’s hand-made! The tree came with a stylish planter that complemented our living room perfectly. We placed it in a corner that needed a bit of life, and it instantly transformed the space.

What I love about this fiddle leaf fig is that it looks so realistic, you’d never guess it was fake. The artificial rubber leaves have a vibrant green color and a texture that mimics the real thing and feels premium on touch. It’s the perfect choice for those who want to add a touch of nature to their home without the hassle of caring for a live plant. Another benefit is you can buy up to 10 plants and all of them will look different.

Fiddle leaf fig tree in a woven basket beside a wooden bench with another fake plant on it, against a living room wall with a hanging abstract painting.
Fiddle leaf fig tree in a woven basket beside a wooden bench with another fake plant on it, against a living room wall with a hanging abstract painting.

We also experimented with a few smaller fake plants, like a succulent arrangement and a potted orchid but ended up with a smaller version of the fern in a rattan bowl. These are great options for adding a pop of green to a coffee table or dining room centerpiece. The succulents had a particularly lifelike appearance, with varied shapes and colors that looked just like the real thing.

Fiddle leaf is great even if you plan to sell your house because it adds a fresh, modern touch to any room without requiring any upkeep from potential buyers.

Staging your home with a few strategically placed faux plants can make a big impact on how inviting and well-maintained your space appears during showings forming a focal point in the room. Plus, you won’t have to worry about the plants wilting or dying during the selling process, ensuring that your home always looks its best.

Boston fern

Niki wanted to try out adjustable Boston Ferns in our own living room. They are called adjustable as you can shape them in any design you like. We spent a weekend staging dining room the place and setting it up for the big reveal, eager to see if it lived up to the hype. Right out of the box, the quality was noticeable. The leaves felt sturdy yet flexible, which was promising since we planned on tweaking them to fit different spots around our home.

 

The experience with the adjustable Boston fern was equally impressive. The quality was evident right out of the box, with sturdy yet flexible leaves that allowed for customization to suit different spots in our home. We had a blast shaping the fronds to create a look that perfectly complemented our reading nook.

The weighted base was a game-changer, providing stability even as we adjusted the plant’s shape. Over the week, we moved the fern to various locations – beside the sofa, near the window, on an entryway table – and each time, it adapted beautifully. It was like having multiple plants in one, keeping our living space feeling fresh and lively.

A lush Boston fern in a wicker basket beside a wooden bench with a small basket, under a neutral-toned abstract painting, against a white wall in the living room.
A lush Boston fern in a wicker basket beside a wooden bench with a small basket, under a neutral-toned abstract painting, against a white wall in the living room.

One evening, we had a few friends over, and the fern was a hit. It sparked conversations about ‘Must-Have fake plants for living room’ setups, and our friends were impressed with how life-like and adaptable it was. It’s not just a static piece of decor – it’s a dynamic part of our home’s personality.

5ft Dracaena tree

Days after the ferns I decided to enhance the fake plants setup further, we thought adding a 5ft Dracaena tree would be a splendid choice. We’ve always leaned towards low-maintenance yet stylish decor, so we opted for a high-quality fake Dracaena tree. Let me walk you through our experience from unpacking to setting it up in our space.

 

Unboxing with most fake plants unless they are multi-part setup, is straightforward. It came securely packaged, with each part well-protected to avoid any damage. The assembly was simple; it was just about fixing the tree into its base and adjusting the leaves to give it a natural look. What we liked most was the realistic appearance of the tree. The synthetic materials used were top-notch, mimicking the texture and color variations of real foliage impressively. It felt almost like having a real Dracaena without any of the upkeep.

A fake dracaena plant in a woven basket next to a wooden bench with baskets on it, under a painting, against a beige wall in the living room.
A fake dracaena plant in a woven basket next to a wooden bench with baskets on it, under a painting, against a beige wall in the living room.

We placed the tree in a corner of our living room that needed some life. It didn’t obstruct movement, yet it stood out visually, adding a lush, green touch to the area. The vertical element of the tree drew the eye upward, making the room appear larger and more open – a clever trick we’ve always admired in design. We chose a sleek, modern planter that complemented both the tree and the overall color scheme of our room, integrating it seamlessly into our living environment.

One particular scenario was where the tree proved exceptionally good at 6 a.m. when you woke up craving coffee. Positioned close to our bay window it served as a beautiful backdrop, earning compliments from most strangers who walk outside. It’s a prime example of how choice fake plants can enhance a living space.

 

Snake (Gree Sansevieria) Plant

The faux sansevieria plant we tested came with a stylish black planter and a built-in saucer, a practical touch for preventing water damage to surfaces. The setup was simple – we found a well-lit spot away from direct sunlight and enjoyed the look of the plant.

The plant’s modern aesthetic brought a refreshing touch to the room without overwhelming it, making it one of the prime fake plant accessories a house needs. During a gathering, friends mistook it for a real plant, sparking conversations about its striking appearance.

While artificial, the snake plant’s presence elevated the space, making it perfect for adults seeking stylish, low-maintenance decor. It’s a must-have for anyone looking to enhance their living or dining area with minimal effort.

A snake plant in a woven basket beside a wooden bench under a painting, in a sunlit living room.
A snake plant in a woven basket beside a wooden bench under a painting, in a sunlit living room.

Large Ficus Lyrata Plant with 86 leaves

It’s obvious that we are a huge fans of fiddle leaf fig trees, and we knew we wanted to go big. After browsing through countless options online, we settled on not one, but two 6FT Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees.

 

When the packages arrived, we were eager to unbox them and see how they looked in person. The trees were securely packed, and assembly was a breeze. Each tree came in two parts that simply needed to be connected, and they even included black plastic pots for planting.

If there’s one small downside, it’s that the black plastic pots the trees come with are a bit plain. We ended up placing our trees in more decorative pots to better suit our decor, but that was an easy fix.

Once we had the trees set up and fluffed out the leaves, we were thrilled with how realistic they appeared. The trunks had a convincing bark texture, and the leaves looked incredibly lifelike with their vibrant green color and detailed veining. We placed one tree in our living room corner and the other in our home office, and they instantly brought a fresh, natural vibe to both spaces.

A fiddle leaf fig tree in a woven basket beside a wooden bench with a painting and baskets on top, set against a neutral wall in a 2024 living room on a textured rug.
A fiddle leaf fig tree in a woven basket beside a wooden bench with a painting and baskets on top, set against a neutral wall in a 2024 living room on a textured rug.

What we appreciate most about these faux trees is their impressive size. At 6 feet tall and with over 80 leaves each, they make a bold statement without overpowering the room. And thanks to the wire inside the branches, we were able to easily adjust the shape of the trees to fit our desired look.

During the many dinner parties we hosted over the month, our guests couldn’t stop raving most about our new fiddle leaf fig trees! They were shocked to discover that they were artificial, a testament to how realistic they appear. Plus, we love that we don’t have to worry about watering, pruning, or finding the perfect spot with just the right amount of light – these faux trees look great no matter where we place them. 

We are such fans of the fig leaves that we even use them in our staging services, the plant’s scale and large leaves are perfect for filling empty corners, adding a pop of greenery to bookshelves, or creating a lush, tropical backdrop for any room. Whether we’re styling a cozy living room or a sleek, modern office, these versatile faux trees have become our go-to choice for bringing a touch of nature indoors without any of the hassle.

Final veredict

Overall, we couldn’t be happier with our decision to double up on the fake plants. They’ve added a lush, tropical feel to our home without any of the maintenance that real plants require. If you’re a fiddle leaf fig lover like us and want to make a statement with your greenery, these trees are an excellent choice. Just be warned – once you see how great they look, you might be tempted to buy a pair yourself!

 

The selection of artificial plants for the living room in 2024 provides an array of options that cater to both aesthetic and practical needs. Tall Ficus Trees, Adjustable Boston Ferns, 5ft Dracaena Trees, Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees, and Snake Plants offer realistic, maintenance-free alternatives to their living counterparts.

These fake plants not only enhance the decor of any living space but also ensure a continuous presence of greenery without the demands of regular upkeep, aligning with contemporary lifestyles that prioritize convenience and style.