Fresh flowers have to be one of the quickest and easiest ways to refresh a room. In the winter though it’s obviously harder to get hold of fresh flowers. Which is why I’m such a fan of artificial ones. I know they have a bad reputation, but trust me, they’ve come a LONG way since the dusty displays you used to get with the synthetic gel in the bottom of the vase. You can now buy individual flower stems that are really beautiful. I have a big mixed bag of flower stems at home that I’ve collected over the years and I’m always looking to add to the collection. So when Pavilion Broadway asked to send me some of their Sia Flowers to try I was delighted. Their website is packed with stem after stem of incredibly detailed flowers. I chose two large blue and lilac hydrangea to sample as these have been the standout beauties of my garden this year so I wanted to keep some in my house all winter too.
As a dedicated fan, I’ve worked out a few golden rules over the years to keep our artificial display looking fresh (and not old and dusty!) Here are a few tips to using artificial flowers in your home:
1. Buy flowers that would naturally occur in your country, or better still, in your garden. They will look more authentic
2. Think about your home style and colour scheme and make sure your flowers reflect this
3. Look for flowers that have minor imperfections – good artificial flowers will have some faded petals to make them look more real (it works!)
4. Buy a small selection of different flower stems so you can mix and match them to make fresh displays when you want a change
5. Cut or fold the stems to give the flowers height variation (this looks more natural)
6. Use an opaque or ceramic vase or jug to display them in (to hide the stems and the lack of water)
Here’s a snap of my collection of flower stems, ready to be arranged! You can see the size and scale of the new Pavilion Broadway hydrangeas in comparison to the others. Beautiful!
You can also see the difference in quality of the petals – the Pavilion Broadway ones (blue) have a soft fabric petal that has a bit of movement and looks quite natural. Whereas the pink ones (I already had these in my collection) have a plastic petal that doesn’t have any movement at all.
Good quality artificial flowers will have removable petal clusters which add to the authentic feel and allow you to shape the display with more accuracy if you need to. You can also scatter a few across the table if you’re using a display of artificial flowers as a centrepiece for example.
What are your thoughts on artificial flowers? How have you used them?
As mentioned, two Sia Flower stems stems were kindly sent to me by Pavilion Broadway. This is not a sponsored post. All opinions my own.
Images: Vicky Harrison