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Silk Plants – Why Buy Artificial Plants Online?

Updated on November 7, 2011
Silk plants fit perfectly with a clean, contemporary design
Silk plants fit perfectly with a clean, contemporary design
Silk plants come in many sizes, and silk hanging plants don't shed leaves!
Silk plants come in many sizes, and silk hanging plants don't shed leaves!

Why Buy Silk Plants

The new interest in interior design has seen a boom in the use of plants as an integral part of decorating themes. Instead of throwing a few plants in some forgotten corners of the room, plants are becoming a feature in themselves, with huge freestanding floor plants, bonsai trees, and hanging baskets acting as a focal point of the room design. Interior designers use plants to soften sharp angles and add natural color and texture to a room, softening the hard, clean lines that define the contemporary look.

Many interior designers now blend interior and exterior themes, using gravel beds, water features, and plants to allow nature to encroach indoors; this ensures that modern humanity is not completely separated from nature, and can enjoy the ambience of the natural world.

Bird of Paradise silk plants are completely non-toxic!
Bird of Paradise silk plants are completely non-toxic!

The Problems with House Plants

The problem with using live plants is that they are a very high maintenance addition to a home, and even the hardiest varieties need feeding and watering regularly. Many live plants shed leaves and encouraging insects to invade the home. We want the outside world in our homes, but an infestation of soil-dwelling bugs is a step too far!

If you have children and pets, natural plants are, inevitably, going to be knocked over, depositing soil and detritus onto your floor, often killing your expensive plant. In addition, indoor plants can be poisonous to pets and children, yet many people are unaware that some of the most common types can cause illness or even death.

Considering that plants carry all of these disadvantages, why to people continue to include plants as part of their interior design?

Silk plants incorporate a variety of materials and techniques to ensure that vivid colors and variegated leaves look authentic
Silk plants incorporate a variety of materials and techniques to ensure that vivid colors and variegated leaves look authentic

Silk Plants – Natural, Elegant and Easy to Maintain

The answer to the question is that many homeowners and professional interior designers are turning to artificial silk plants as a way to circumvent the disadvantages. Artificial plants have come a long was since the ugly plastic fake flowers of a few years ago, and manufacturers have invested a lot of time and money into refining their techniques. Silk plant producers now use modern materials and methods to create faux plants that are indistinguishable from the real thing.

Instead of silk or plastic, modern silk plants incorporate a range of materials to ensure that your accent pieces for your interior design are realistic. Rather than archetypical silk flowers, wood, polyester, natural dyes, cotton, and paper are used to replicate live plants. Manufacturers painstakingly dissect a natural plant and replicate even the smallest details, creating molds and tools to recreate perfection, in size, shape, color and even texture.

The Types of Artificial Silk Plant

Silk plants are available in a huge array of shapes and sizes, replicating every major plant and flower species found in homes and offices. From hanging baskets to huge floor plants, silk plants can fill a space in any home. There are three major types of silk plant; silk floor plants, silk tabletop plants, and silk hanging plants.

Silk Plants – Silk Floor Plants

Floor plants are large silk plants, usually in heavy, elaborate containers, that are freestanding and act as a major accent piece for any room. An artificial aspidistra or a bird of paradise silk floor plant is a focal point for any room or office, especially when matched with a beautiful elegant rustic terracotta or contemporary brushed stainless steel container. They are a cheap and effective way to fill a void in a room, or hide unsightly cables and electrical outlets. Whether you want a homely, traditionalist theme to your room, or sleek minimalist lines, silk floor plants are a great investment, adding a touch of the natural world to prevailing modernity.

Silk Tabletop Plants and Silk Shelf Plants

Silk tabletop and silk shelf plants are designed to sit on tabletops, shelves, entertainment centers, kitchen countertops, and windowsills. They can break up hard lines and add softness to the stark appearance of modern electrical goods and furniture. Cheap and available in a huge array of style, species, colors and textures, a few strategically placed silk plants can embellish and accent any room, adding to the ambiance. The low maintenance of silk tabletop plants means that you can have as many as you want, without having to worry about watering them or replacing them every few years.

Silk Hanging Plants

Hanging plants are an elegant addition to any room, traditionally used to soften the corner of a sun porch or kitchen. However, the problem with hanging plants is that they are notorious for shedding leaves, and many of the most common varieties are toxic. Silk hanging plants avoid these problems, and are often used to give a rustic appeal to a doorway or arch, or delightfully frame a treasured piece of art. The cascade or colors and textures will bring life and focus to any room and, unlike live plants, you don’t have to worry about lighting, so silk hanging plants are great in rooms with little natural light, such as bathrooms, interior hallways and north facing rooms, where live plants simply would not survive.

Silk Plants – The Elegant Solution

Imagine a cascade of variegated leaves filling the corner of a room, or a large, freestanding silk floor plant hiding the ugly power point in the corner of the room. This is the true strength of silk plants, giving you a flexibility of design and utility, without costing a huge sum of money or requiring constant maintenance. If you work away from home, or have a second residence, you know that you will not have a pile of leaves and a dying plant awaiting you when you open the door. Silk plants are the low maintenance solution to an age-old problem, and are a great boon to home and business owners in an age where time poverty is a real issue.

Silk Plants as the Perfect Gift

For many years, buying plants as a gift has been a tradition, especially for those with a new home or business, because plants will blend into any décor or style. The problem with traditional plants is that they eventually wither and die, so buying an artificial plant will ensure that the recipient remembers you every time they look at it; memories soon fade, but a silk plant will be a lasting reminder of friends and family.

Silk Plants – Easy To Find

Silk plants are very easy to find, and the only difficulty is which type to select from the huge range on offer. Apart from the choice of silk plant, you also have a selection of containers and stands, suiting every possible taste and theme. As a reputable and experience silk plant provider, Silk Flowers will help you to find the perfect silk plant, whether an addition to your home or a gift. Silk plants lie at the heart of the new revolution in interior design, and will add the final touch to any room in your home.

Silk plants make the perfect gift
Silk plants make the perfect gift


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    • Marilyn Fritz profile image


      3 years ago from Nevada

      Wow, I love your information here. I am looking to add some plants to my interior, but finding that with real plants, gnats are accumulating. Silk plants look so real, and require little care. Thank you for sharing some of your ideas!

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      Silk Plants 

      7 years ago

      The difference between silk artificial plants and plastic artificial plants can be felt just by touching the artificial foliage of the plant. Silk plants often have a much softer and more realistic look to them as well.

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      8 years ago

      Great article! I particularly like the way in which you describe different types of silk plants. I'm wondering if you could also add some information on the differences in quality between silk artificial plants and plastic artificial plants?

      Thank you!


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