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Fake it with flowers

01 February 2015

 ‘Artificial flowers look really authentic these days,’ says IKEA decoration range communicator Anna Ohlin. ‘So you can create a fantastic and long-lasting display at a lower cost than that of buying real blooms. Be as creative as you dare!’  

View of hallway table with display of artificial flowers in vases and jugs. Stack of vintage books underneath.

‘Artificial flowers are perfect if you have little time, are allergic to real blooms or want to be thrifty. They’re also great for less used rooms as they always stay fresh’

‘There’s no need to be embarassed about using fake flowers these days and, with some love and thought, you can use the IKEA range to make a strong creative statement. Artificial blooms deserve to be lifted by beautiful vases as much as real flowers – I love this personal and unconventional idea of mixing modern and traditional styles of vases and flowers with favourite ornaments. You could also try different shapes of glass vases with flowers in one colour to create a kind of glass gallery.’

Close up of SMYCKA artificial flowers.
Close up of red SMYCKA artificial flowers.
Close up of pink / purple SMYCKA artificial flowers.

‘You can build up a wonderful collection of fake flowers and use them again and again, changing your arrangements with each season. It’s an economical way to refresh a room’

Close view of grey LINNMON table top with display of fake flowers in vases.

‘In a small space like a hallway you can still create a stunning space for a dramatic arrangement. All you need is half a table top – this one is about 30cm deep – and two legs. It’s a cost-effective and unusual way of creating a display.’ 

‘Group fake flowers just as you would fresh ones, with single stems in slender bottles and more traditional blooms in jugs. You can thin them out or cut them short – try bending the stems first to check the length if you’re not sure.’