There isn't an interior that doesn't welcome flowers of some sort, whether masses of soft, full blown country roses or the sleek masculine elegance of a single orchid. Even or perhaps especially those who love designing with real flowers are very much aware of the benefits of supplementing them with today's perfectly made fakes. Watching natural flowers grow and tending to their needs for water, plant food or re-potting has undeniable satisfactions. But there are pleasures too in buying and displaying faux flowers: the buzz of anticipation as you receive and unwrap an arrangement for the first time; the satisfaction of finding the best place for it; the convenience of being able to store a favourite arrangement and bring it out again with a fresh jolt of pleasure; the enjoyment of being able to cheer up draughty hallways, high ledges or dark corners - places where real flowers would wilt and turn up their toes. People with conservatories often like to add fakes to their real flowers, and some even swear that the beauty of faux plants encourages the natural ones to imitate them.
There are scores of clever ways to mix real and fake flowers: dried hydrangea heads with faux anemones or roses; real seed pods and berries with faux viburnum and magnolias; real grasses with faux lilies ..the possibilities are endless. Consumer interest in the remarkable faux flowers available today owes much to the social changes that have brought far more women into the workplace. Juggling families and careers at the same time, it is not so easy for them to continually arrange, feed, trim and replace fresh flowers, let alone afford to buy them. Faux flowers are the answer. Decorators have appreciated for years the casual and carefree beauty of modern fakes in their homes and offices. Now more and more women are following their lead.