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Flowers are a classic addition to any home, that will never go out of style, however fast flower trends are becoming a thing of the past. Natural flowers are surprisingly not a sustainable option, as 90% of flowers in the UK are imported. The majority of these flowers come through the Netherlands where they are grown in heated greenhouses which release large amounts of CO2. Faux flowers, on the other hand, can provide a more ethical environmental interiors option, and evoke a sense of effortless: both in appearance and maintenance.
It’s impossible to be sustainable and change the interior of your home every time there is a new trend, so Audley Villages have turned to the flexibility and environmentally friendly option: faux flowers.
Simon Temprell, interior design manager at Neptune, who designed the lavish faux flower bouquets at Audley Villages for the interiors of the beautiful buildings and retirement property show apartments shares his tips on buying the best faux flowers.
Why buy faux flowers over fresh?
We chose to use faux flowers for Audley as the villages need real statement pieces. The interiors are stunning and the flowers need to match.
The best faux flower arrangements have the power to tie a room together; they can be opulent centre pieces for a table or a sumptuous statement on a windowsill.
What is the secret to a great faux flower?
Some blooms are incredibly difficult to emulate, and it takes an artist to recreate each nuance of a petal, each pollen-loaded stamen. Texture is just as important as the visual appeal. Real-touch petals and leaves feel more like the real thing and add to the illusion.
What is the biggest giveaway that flowers may not be real?
If it’s September and there are daffodils in the vase, they’re probably not real.
Home accessories should never remain static anyway, so switch your choice of flowers several times through the year to keep things fresh and convincing.
I am personally not a fan of faux flowers that have pretend dew drops on them. Attention to detail is very important and I look at the stems as well as the flowers and leaves.
Are faux flowers more sustainable?
Because faux flowers can last several years before they need to be replaced, they are definitely more sustainable than fresh flowers. However, faux stems can be difficult to recycle because of the mixture of different materials used. It is important to invest well, buy flowers that will last a long time.
What about dried flowers?
Growing and drying flowers is an ecologically sound way of creating beautiful, long-lasting stems.
Arguably, the look and feel of dried flowers is very different from a faux version, but they serve the same purpose.
Dried flowers don’t last as long as faux blooms, but they are perfect for cottage-style interiors.
As for another most popular flower in 2022… Roses are always number one, every year! However, personally I prefer peonies.