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Design Recipes: 10 tips for artificial greenery | Siouxland Homes

When it comes to successful interior design, the secret often lies in the finishes. Often adding live or green elements such as trees and plants can help invigorate a room. But what if the associated maintenance is not feasible? This is when you can use artificial greenery as an aesthetic alternative.

1. Pay attention to color. A richness of color is important when it comes to artificial flowers. You will want to have selections that will not fade or lose significant color.

2. Avoid dried or silk flowers if you’re looking to create a modern space. Dried flowers tend to work best in traditional or formal spaces.

3. Consider texture when looking for artificial flowers and stems.

4. Use artificial arrangements of appropriate size, height and scale.

5. Place artificial arrangements in areas where you would place living arrangements such as side tables, console tables, and dining and coffee tables.

6. Avoid placing artificial arrangements in direct sunlight.

7. Maintain artificial arrangements by cleaning and dusting their stems and leaves.

8. Look for large-leaved trees in large spaces as well as spaces with high ceilings. Small plants and plantings work well in smaller areas and spaces.

9. Consider artificial non-floral elements such as palms, berries, and other non-floral elements.

10. Bathrooms, entryway consoles, and small side tables are great locations for small, man-made arrangements. Larger arrangements work well on large surfaces such as dining tables and coffee tables.

(New York-based Cathy Hobbs is an Emmy Award-winning television host and nationally acclaimed interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York, Boston and Washington, DC. Contact her at [email protected] or visit her website at

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