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Faux Plants: How To Use Them For Real Impact


While we all wish we had a green thumb (or even the ability to just keep a plant alive), sometimes that’s not the case. Lucky for you, it’s still possible to have a home brimming with nature – without any of the maintenance. Our solution? Go faux with your plants.

If the thought of a faux plant makes you think of a plastic-looking arrangement, you’re in for a surprise. Faux plants have gotten more realistic – and detailed- than ever, with lots of varieties available in every size, species, and budget. So to help you find the right option for you, we’re sharing our tips for the best faux plants to give you real impact, without any of the maintenance. Keep on reading to see all our suggestions, and to shop the best trees, potted plants and stems to make your space an exceptionally easy-to-care-for oasis. While the images in this post feature real plants, you can achieve very similar looks utilizing the faux versions that we have linked below.


Keep scrolling to see all our faux picks to give your space real impact. And be sure to check out more of Bobby’s faux plant tips in this article from the New York Times.



For more tips on going green, check out our posts How to Bring Nature into Your Space (No Green Thumb Required) and The 9 Easiest House Plants To Take Care Of.


For the most impact, bigger is better. A large potted tree will bring a burst of green to a room, whether it’s a palm, fiddle leaf fig, rubber tree or ficus. A faux tree is especially effective in space that doesn’t get a lot of natural light, or somewhere you want to bring some added height to. We love a tall tree in a living room, office, or entry to fill an empty corner and bring some visual interest.


Bobby’s Tip

If your space has high ceilings, you’ll want to go for taller plants so they don’t feel out of scale. For a 10 foot ceiling, go for a minimum of a 6-foot tree.

Photo: Eric Petschek
Design: Colony

Keep Things Pretty AND POTTED

If space (and light) are at a premium, faux potted plants are a great solution. You can add a potted plant anywhere you want to bring a bit of nature- bookshelves, bathrooms, tabletops or nightstands. For more impact, try grouping potted plants of different sizes to give a bit of variation and visual interest (just use pots in the same colors, tones, and textures to help ground your grouping).


Bobby’s Tip

Don’t tike the pot your faux plant came in? You can “re-pot” it by simply placing it in a ceramic pot or basket for an elevated new look. And to add some additional impact you can always use a pot that has some height to it which will bring the plant further off the ground.


For any easy way to bring in green try faux stems. There are tons of options available, from tall branches to bright flowers, tropical to textured leaves – and you can swap them out seasonally too. When in doubt, we say go for a classic like eucalyptus, olive branches or a couple palm leaves in a simple glass vase.


Bobby’s Tip

When making an arrangement, stick with one type of plant for the most impact vs mixing different types of plants. A singular grouping will also feel more realistic and less busy in a space.

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