I recall an intense chat with a dear friend about using real flowers in one’s home and office decor; I was of the opinion that real flowers are the best thing you can have as part of your home decor but I had to deal with pessimistic remarks about the flowers’ short lifecycle! “Real flowers in home decor are nice but they die, and they’re so hard to maintain.” “You can read a person’s character by looking at the flowers in his / her home. If they’re all fake, I’d think that the owner is a sweet-talker and hardly a real, genuine person! You can have flower art like a wallpaper or a painting, but fake potted plants are a big no-no!” “But why invest on something that’s as transient? Why not purchase something that has the same look but a longer shelf-life?” “Well, you never plant a fake apple tree in your garden, do you? So, why fake flowers in your home?” I think we rambled on for an hour or so, without conclusion, of course.
Alright, I may have been a little emotional and irrational about insisting on using real flowers in one’s home then, but it was too tough for me to accept that one could trick someone into thinking that a plant was a real one, when seen from a distance. Having said that, I know there are mixed views about this. Whilst somebody laments that they tend to kill plants due to lack of care yet they love a dash of greens in their homes, some others opine that fake plant pots that sit amidst the real ones fill the empty nooks in your living room beautifully. There are some who do not particularly like bees and butterflies entering their home when their flowers bloom; whereas others prefer that plants be placed in a patio or a garden, lest they soil the carpet or furniture of their home or office. Most importantly, most plants require a dose of sunlight for regular growth, so it’s difficult to grow them in the dark corners of your attic. Although it can keep children at bay, hanging flower pots might be problematic if they happen to drip in an attempt to drain excess water.
Real flowers like the night-blooming, pretty large white lilies, however, bring in warmth and natural fragrance in your rooms; something that artificial plants cannot achieve on their own. Nor can you watch an artificial bud bloom into a beautiful flower. Tall flowers can stand as wonderful corner-pieces when placed in a decorative pot, whereas short flower vases can adorn your coffee table. Lavender, a truly versatile scented flower, and other tiny flowers like Gypsophila can be used to create an internal fence foliage; don’t put them out on an expensive piece of furniture though as they can be a bit invasive! Gerberas, anthurium, orchids, and the symbolic calla lillies are easily maintained indoors, once they’ve reached the bud or stalk stage. When you can have nature’s essence in the purest form, why even go for something totally artificial, which might seem over-the-top or tacky? Besides, you’re also contributing to the increase in the use of non-recyclable plastic.
So, what do you think is a better option for your home- real flowers or artificial flowers? There’s a little test for you to find out. Drop by one of our stores and inhale the fresh fragrance of real flowers and plants; then walk-in a store that sells artificial flowers, and take-in the visual appeal. Now, make a snap judgement then and there! If you’re truly awestruck by both, a blend of real and artificial flowers will work best for your personal home or office space; if not, never give-in to the ‘other’ feeling because it’ll leave you dissatisfied with your decision. Let us also remind you that maintaining flowers is never too difficult – we’re there if you need some handy advice on the real flowers! Flower pots / garden plants often come with set instructions about caring for the flowers, and the science behind the flowers. To think about it, your pet or your kids are far more difficult entities to manage – if you’ve managed them before, flowers should be peanuts for you! Real flowers are fresh and genuine; they remind you of the season; and they allow you to indulge in an aroma-therapeutic experience everyday.