In the last few years, artificial flowers have developed so much that it is now very difficult to tell the difference between real flowers and artificial flowers. The quality has improved so much with the use of quality foam and fabrics giving artificial flowers a real life look and even real touch feel in some cases that artificial flowers are becoming increasingly popular.
In the past artificial flowers were made from silk in China, hence the name – silk flowers. These days most are made from materials such as plastic, synthetics, rubber, paper products and foam.
Some of these materials mean that artificial flowers can be considerably cheaper than real flowers. However, those materials used to give artificial flowers a ‘real touch’ or ‘realistic look’, can cost considerably more than fresh flowers.
The benefit of artificial flowers is undeniably the fact that they don’t need any maintenance other than a regular brush using a dust-brush, or a blow from a hairdryer on a cold setting to keep the flowers nice and clean. There is certainly no need to worry about any damage from insects or bugs, changing the water or having to feed the flowers.
With so many varieties available there is also no need to worry about not finding artificial flowers to your preference. These include freesias, roses, gerberas, ranunculus and many more.
The main reason that artificial flowers really catch the eye is because of the stunning range of colours available. They are available in many colours and shades, ideal for matching to outfits and home décor. Artificial flowers come in fabulously shades from soft lilacs, to bold oranges and reds.
Artificial flowers are very popular when decorating wedding venues, decorating wedding cars, hair pieces, fashion accessories and so on, but equally popular when brightening up the home or office.
In fact, they are so versatile you can make use of artificial or silk flowers at any occasion especially if used as table decorations at dinner parties or used as scatter petals giving décor a professional look as the petals do not split or shrivel.
As artificial flowers are not affected by the weather in any way, they are suitable for being used indoors or outdoors. And as well as artificial flowers, there are also artificial plants.
Artificial flowers can also make a very special, lifelong gift, especially if they come in the form of a vase arrangement on potted flowering plant. They never lose their shape or colour and will remain as they are, as long as they are looked after correctly.
Silk or Artificial flowers are becoming more and more popular because people just don’t have the time to nurture and look after fresh flowers. Also having to replace fresh flowers every couple of weeks can become very expensive unless you are receiving them as a gift.
The varied colours and designs available when choosing silk flowers now make them very desirable throughout the year. You can have specific arrangements for different times of the year, such as artificial fruit, pine cones, with orange brown leaves in a basket arrangement displayed for Autumn or Fall. These can be packed away when you decorate for Christmas and bring out your Christmas Wreaths and Poinsettias plants or Holly Christmas decorations. In Spring these can be replaced with your Spring tulips and daffodils, and finally replace this arrangement with a bright bloom for throughout the summer months.
The key difference between silk and fresh flowers is that, whilst fresh flowers will wilt and discolour within a couple of weeks or so, silk flowers will remain vibrant and full of life for many years to come. So simply rotate your flower arrangements throughout the year, giving your home a fresh feel and look every few months.
However, if you’d prefer to have the same flowers all year round that are not linked to particular seasons, then you can buy any variety you fancy, of any colour, at any time of year!
When buying silk flowers, they are not dependent on the seasons like certain fresh flowers, so you can get most varieties all year round, particularly those used in silk or artificial wedding bouquets.
Due to their flexibility artificial and silk flowers are used increasingly more often in weddings because they can be purchased in advance without any worry of spoilage at the last minute, provided they are looked after accordingly.
This means that by choosing silk flowers you can eliminate a lot of stress especially when preparing for a special occasion, such as a wedding ceremony or Christmas event.
Silk flowers can also cost a lot less than fresh ones. For these reasons and many more, silk flowers are more economical than real ones, so it’s a win-win situation!
One particularly important positive to using silk flowers or sending them is that they don’t affect people who suffer from hay fever or those who have other related allergies. This means hay fever suffers can now also enjoy flowers where they otherwise could not.
This means you can decorate your home or office comfortably and everyone can enjoy the beauty of silk flowers collectively, without the unpleasant bouts of sneezing and wheezing!
As silk flowers do not die and cannot carry bacteria, like fresh flowers do in their water, silk flowers can also be sent to hospital wards to cheer up a dreary bedside, where fresh flowers are no longer allowed.
In order to complete your home décor, to its finest standard, it’s a must that you include flowers. They are great as home decoration and no matter what kind of house you own, flowers have the capacity to give any room the boost of light and energy needed.
While some prefer real flowers in their home, many homeowners prefer decorating their houses with artificial flowers as they cost a fair amount less than real flowers, whilst looking almost identical to the real thing (provided you buy good quality flowers).
Some people also prefer artificial flowers as they are easier to maintain and last a lot longer.
While others prefer them, because they want the beauty of flowers in their home, but cannot have real flowers as they suffer from hay fever, and are allergic to the pollen of fresh flowers
There are many varieties of flowers available that you can choose from, and as they can be found in shades and colours not found naturally, you can often colour match artificial flowers to your exact requirements.
It entirely depends upon your personal choice and the colour scheme in your home.
There is so much to choose from, that you are bound to find the best one to suit you and your home.
If the material used is of excellent quality then only a dust every so often to keep it clean and shining is required. This is the reason that many people tend to prefer artificial flowers to fresh.
Silk flowers are so versatile, they can be dusted with glitter, come with a shimmer or sheen on the petals to create stunning arrangements, or simply make your home a stunning and welcoming place. They can be used as centrepieces on a dining table or used to decorate ornaments placed in the living room. They are also suitable to decorate bedrooms with as won’t cause you any difficulties with insects or strong aromas as you sleep, due to them being artificial!
The best part of decorating your home with artificial flowers is that they don’t leave a mess or need constant attention, especially if you are a very busy person, not at your home often, or go away on holiday, as they don’t require any watering.