If you read my top five decorating tips, you’ll know that I like to include something organic in all of my rooms. With Spring just around the corner, now is the time to bring a bit of the outside in and freshen up your rooms with a bit of color and a touch of nature.

Ballard Designs Peony Floral
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I love the look and smell of fresh flowers and while I do buy them often, they are quite costly and not always practical, so I also use some silk flowers and branches here and there around the house.  In my dining room, the pink roses in this photo were real but the white hydrangeas are not (because I just don’t have any luck keeping cut hydrangeas alive!).

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It seems that everywhere I turn lately, I’m seeing all sorts of beautiful, faux blossoms, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite faux flowers with you today.  Done right, faux stems can be a great alternative to fresh flowers, whether using them as a dramatic centerpiece….

Ballard Designs Botanical
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…to add some height…

Ballard Designs Botanical 2
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…or even bring in a pop of color.

Pottery Barn Botanicals
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10 Beautiful {Faux} Botanicals


You can click on the names below for online shopping links.


Philadelphus Branch

I love that this is a mix of delicate white blossoms and green leaves, giving it a simple and subtle look.  Ballard Designs Philadelphus Branch


Oversized Cherry Blossom Branch

Another green-white option for a fresh and neutral look, but with more white blossoms than the Philadelphus Branch.

PB Oversized Cherry Blossom Branch


Dogwood Branch

While still green and white, the Dogwood Branch has a much more structured look than the Philadelphus above.  It looks beautiful when used as a tall grouping.

Ballard Designs Dogwood Branch


Quince Branch

The soft pink flowers add a touch of color, while the absence of leaves provides a stark contrast between the flowers and the branches.

Ballard Designs Quince


Tulip Magnolia Branch

While similar in color to the Quince Branches above, the Tulip Magnolia Branches make a much bolder statement with their large, unique-shaped flowers.

Ballard Designs Tulip Magnolia Branch


Peony Stem

I loved the ruffled look of peonies but have had trouble finding them at the florist.  These faux stems provide both color and femininity for a beautiful and simplistic arrangement.

Pottery Barn Peony Stem


Spring Peony Floral

As an alternative to individual stems, Ballard Designs sells this beautiful compact arrangement.

Ballard Designs Spring Peony Floral


Green Umbrella Branch

I own one of these stems and think that the shape of the leaves are beautiful.  You can’t tell from the picture, but there are also small, white flowers that hang from the leaves like bells.

PB Green Umbrella Branch


Spring Crabapple Branches

These have such a unique shape to them and I’m sure would be beautiful on a coffee table or even in the kitchen.

Ballard Designs Crabapple


Also be sure to check out the Threshold floral stems currently available at Target.  I couldn’t find them online, but they have some beautiful manzanita branches, stock flower, as well as my beloved pears.  :)

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Additional Tips & Tidbits

When choosing faux florals, keep the following in mind:

  • The closer someone will be to the flowers, the more realistic they need to look.
  • Look for plastic-covered wire stems that can bend so that you can create a more realistic looking arrangement.
  • If you can immediately tell that they are fake with just a glance, then it usually means they are too fake-looking to pass of as real.
  • Don’t forget to dust!  Nothing says “fake” like flowers covered in dust.  :)




Do you use any faux flowers or greenery in your home?

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  1. Hi! I am looking to incorporate faux dogwood for a wedding reception. Where would you suggest I go to look for high-quality faux flowers?

  2. I love some faux flowers and branches but what do you suggest is the best way to dust them? These are all beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Debbie – For the most part, I’ve been able to dust mine with a microfiber cleaning cloth. I have a couple that are okay to get wet and I sometimes give them a quick rinse in the sink or at the very least, wipe them down with a damp paper towel. I have one plant that has some small, tight areas that I can’t get to with the cleaning cloth, though, and so I use compressed air on that one. {Thank goodness my husband likes to keep the computer keyboard clean and so buys the cans occasionally! Just don’t tell him I’ve been “borrowing” them to clean my plants!} :)

  3. I DOuse faux florals and greenery. I am a floral designer and have a LARGE stash of fauxs. I also have a good supplier (the place where I worked) just 20 mins. from me. I love all of your examples! Thanks!!!!

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Pinky – How fun to have such a large assortment to play with! :)

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