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Interior Designing: How To Realistically Paint Your Plastic Plants

Updated on December 6, 2011
See if you can find all the different colors of green in this real plant
See if you can find all the different colors of green in this real plant

Painting with Spray Paint

Since I'm currently painting plastic plants for fence coverage, it occured to me that this might be a useful hub. I've been working with spray paint for many years, even wrote a booklet about it many years ago. As an artist who does abstract painting and studied realistic painting and drawing, I've got some great experience to pass on.

While this is a bit of an "out there" thing to do, spray painting plastic plants can indeed be done if you're not afraid of a spray can of paint and can apply a bit of a light touch to using it. It helps also if you've got an unsightly area in or around your home that you really want to cover up with some interior designing painting techniques. Fyi, you can now purchase plastic ivy in long rolls exactly for this purpose. I've seen them recently in home improvement catalogs but I ended up ordering mine from Home Depot.

Now, this technique that I'm going to share with you isn't fool proof and won't give you totally realistic looking plastic plants. But what it will do is allow you to more or less variegate the colors of the leaves of your plastic plants so that they blend more realistically and don't scream out to anyone who looks at them, "I AM A VERY PLASTIC PLANT' which, of course, would be bad for you and absolutely humiliating for the plastic plant itself.

Moving on, you can also apply a part or all of this particular technique to plastic house plants as well. Read on and determine for yourself.

The Problem With Plastic Plants

As most of us already know, the real problem with plastic plants is, well, that they just look sooo plastic. As if that weren't bad enough, the color of the plastic is often very unrealistic only adding to the visually bad effect. Why do plastic plant manufacturer's love blue/green so much? Most real plants aren't blue/green after all. And since many plastic plants look so unrealistic, why the heck are they so expensive to begin with?

Way Too Lime Colored Plastic Plant

Exterior Home Improvement with Spray Paint

You can clearly see that the plant above is just way too lime in its coloring. Wait til you see how easy it is to change that strange color!

Home and Garden Improvement

In the photo above, I'm using an olive green spray paint to tone down the overly bright lime on this plastic plant. NOTE: I am giving the plant a light spray all over with the olive paint while I simultaneously move the plant with my other hand. You do not want to paint every place on the plant because it's just not necessary. One or at most two, light coats with the olive green will do the trick for you. See the great results below:

Voila! Quicky Home Improvement

Interior Designing Principles Applied to Your Home and Garden

See how well this plastic plant now blends with the background colors of plants? And it only took me about a minute to create this simple but effective transformation. Since I was lucky enough to find about a dozen of these lime green plant/floral bundles, I can now effectively use them in the areas of my garden that simply won't allow any real plants to grow. Seriously, does it get more cost effective or any simpler than this?

For more tips on using plastic plants for your home and garden, go to The Greenest Plastic Thumb.

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    • wirewoman profile image

      wirewoman 6 years ago

      thanks for the vote up and yeah, being an artist helps with this kind of thing, ie; knowing which colors to use to best advantage........

    • craftybegonia profile image

      craftybegonia 6 years ago from Southwestern, United States

      Very interesting Hub. My mom is an artist, this ir right up her alley. Voted up.