How To Pick Out Plastic Plants

August 29, 2018

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Sometimes you need to know then to throw in the towel.  Let’s face it, not everyone has a green thumb and fake foliage has grown from a faux pas to fashionable.  But not all fake plants are created equal.  So here is a pretty simple guide in buying fake plants for your desk or home. While many choose plants made of fabric, plastic plants have come a long way from the super-fake-looking silk plants of yesteryear. Advancements mean that fake plants boast amazingly realistic texture, color and, depending on the quality of the fake plant, even reflective properties. This is particularly true of plastic plants, which can be created using molds of real plants. Some are even filled with foam for an ultra-realistic textile quality. The main advantage of plastic plants over fabric is durability. It's a dead giveaway you've got a faux fern on your hands when its leaves are frayed or bleached out by the sun. The key with plastic plants is to go with plants that look fake in real life.  Aloe, lotus leafs and banana trees all have a rubbery look in nature.  So plastic versions of those type of plants are a natural.  Avoid plants that strike you as particularly gimmicky. If the plant is peppered with fake rain droplets, for example, it's just begging to be scrutinized. Or if the finish of the plant is extremely glossy, that can come across as old-school-tacky. Focus instead on thoughtful details that feel organic. Remember to treat your plastic plant like the real thing.  Research how the real version of the plant you're purchasing is typically "planted," and try to recreate those settings.

SOURCE: The Kitchn

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