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Silk Plants – Realistic and Subtle

Updated on November 7, 2011
Artificial silk plants are a modern solution, allowing you to bring natural beauty into the home, without the disadvantages of live plants
Artificial silk plants are a modern solution, allowing you to bring natural beauty into the home, without the disadvantages of live plants
Artificial silk plants are practically indistinguishable from the real thing
Artificial silk plants are practically indistinguishable from the real thing

Silk plants are a beautiful and elegant addition to any home or workplace, bringing the freshness of houseplants, without the disadvantages. Eager homeowners are joining the artificial silk plant revolution, buying silk plants to augment their interior décor as unique accent pieces. Artificial silk plants create a wonderful ambience, smoothing out harsh angles and lines by adding soft texture and vibrant color.

Silk Plants and Misconceptions – The Mistakes of the Past

Despite the many benefits that quality silk plants bring to the home, many people are still reluctant to invest in silk flowers and artificial plants. They are deterred by the cost or the incorrect perception that artificial plants will never be as good as the real thing.

There is some justification in this view as, for many people, their only experiences with artificial plants are the crudely made, plastic monstrosities that plagued homes and cheap restaurant tables around the world. These mass-produced artificial plants did not resemble real plants in the slightest and, instead of enhancing the décor, looked cheap, tacky, and lazy.

Conversely, many people are aware of the delicate, handcrafted silk flowers that, whilst not exactly replicating real plants, had their own fragile beauty, elegance and gentle colors. However, with this beauty came cost, and these handmade silk plants were an expensive addition to the home, an unjustifiable cost for most homeowners.

A range of modern materials and sophisticated techniques ensure that artificial silk plants reflect the diversity of the natural world
A range of modern materials and sophisticated techniques ensure that artificial silk plants reflect the diversity of the natural world

Moving with the Times – Advanced Silk Plant Manufacturing

Time has moved on and the silk plant industry has dragged itself out of the Dark Ages. Modern techniques and innovations have taken the manufacture of artificial plants in a new direction, and modern silk plants are practically indistinguishable from real plants, passing all but the closest inspection.

While these artificial plants are still commonly referred to as ‘silk plants,’ manufacturers now use a variety of materials and a range of subtle techniques to add realism. These techniques ensure that faux plants are affordable, and are far more cost effective than replacing houseplants every year or two.

Instead of using only silk, modern artificial plants are fabricated from polyester, which, apart from being cheaper, is far more durable and accepts a much wider range of colors and finishes. Silk flowers are often made from silk but, polyester, latex, parchment, rubber, and cotton are used for maximum effect, giving the wide array of subtle shades and textures found in live plants.

Silk plant manufacturers often incorporate natural materials for maximum effect and individuality, such as real maple wood for woody stems, or dried seeds and fruits for extra impact. These methods ensure that artificial silk plants make a powerful statement, taking your interior décor to another level and showing the pride that you take in your home.

Artificial silk plants and silk flowers act as the focal point for your interior decor
Artificial silk plants and silk flowers act as the focal point for your interior decor

Silk Plants – Recreating the Beauty of Nature

Rather than create crude molds to produce artificial plants that look nothing like the real plant, manufacturers take a huge amount of care in ensuring that their designs are as realistic as possible. They carefully dissect plants and scrutinize the tiny details that give plants their beauty. Silk plant manufacturers then use the actual parts of the live plant to manufacture tools and molds, allowing them to replicate the complexity of nature.

The subtle shading and blending of variegated leaves, and the rich, complex colors of orchids can be duplicated with these techniques. Taking their cue from nature, manufacturers add the flourishes that reflect the diversity of nature, such as tiny fronds at the growing tip of the plant to mimic new growth. A reputable producer will ensure that the leaves are slightly different shades to distinguish between fresh leaves and darker, old growth, just as in a real plant.

Not only do modern silk plants look authentic, but manufacturers invest a lot of time making sure that they feel right and emulate the textures of houseplants. For example, if a plant has waxy leaves, manufacturers will replicate this with the faux plant. Some silk-plant manufacturers even introduce imperfections, such as holes from insect damage, or slight discolorations, making sure that the silkplant does not look ‘too perfect!’

Buying Silk Plants – The Practical, Elegant Solution

Silk plants have come a long way since the cheap mass-produced monstrosities and the expensive, fragile handcrafted silk flowers of the last century. Modern techniques ensure that manufacturers can emulate the colors, textures and richness of nature, helping you to create a fresh atmoshphere in the home and office. To all but the closest inspection, modern silkplants look and feel exactly like the real plant, and also avoid the many disadvantages.

Modern silk plants are a cheap and affordable way to freshen up the home and workplace, and are ideal gifts that will last forever. Buying high quality silk plants has never been easier, and the experts at Artificial Silk Plants will help you make sure that you are not left behind in the silk plant revolution.

From lilies to trees, artificial silk plants are available in a range of shapes and sizes
From lilies to trees, artificial silk plants are available in a range of shapes and sizes

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    • cyoung35 profile image

      Chad Young 

      6 years ago from Corona, CA

      I have a brown thumb and keeping real plants alive is a hassle for me. I've since switched all my real plants for artificials and I love them. They are great for softening up a room with hard edges. Great hub.

    • SilkFlowers profile imageAUTHOR

      SilkFlowers 

      8 years ago

      Thank you alieda_77 - I agree with you and think silk plants give us an easy way to add maintenance free decor to any surrounding. They do require minimal care though and will need to be cleaned here and there due to dust build up over time.

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      aleida_77 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles

      There is absolutely no reason for plants to be absent from a room design, especially when you can include organic looking, non organic plants that require absolutely no care at all. Nice hub.

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