Well this year’s Chelsea flower show was a complete visual feast of gorgeous green lush loveliness. There were so many highlights for us here at Fake It, however we thought we would give you a rundown of key gardens or looks that can easily be re created in our fabulous faux trees and plants.
As predicted in this months UK Elle decoration ( number 307, march 2018). The trend for soft dusky pastel tones for the home continues apace.
Pastels for interiors
Say the word "pastel" and for some it might conjure up a series of stereotypes of 1980s style interiors a la Dynasty. However, pastels have re-emerged as a bright, airy, calming option. A modern take on this colour palette is to ‘ground’ these airy tones with harder materials such as concrete or smoked glass.
Cherry blossom for interiors
A new slant on this trend is a nod towards Japanese interiors. The calming effect of the colour tones gives an air of tranquilty and the delicate colours of peach blossoms are the perfect starting point to inspire soft furnishings and room colour palettes.
Bring in the Spring…
Cherry blossom ( sakura) season in Japan is in April so it’s the perfect time to start getting ready for for the beauty and freshness of Spring time after a long dark winter. Using our faux cherry blossom stems you can immediately as a light delicacy to interiors. The beauty of the faux blossom is that you only need a few stems. Place either in a clear vase or concrete or metallic planter for a modern take on the trend.
Where once the potted plant was the mainstay of a console table of the older generation, they are now enjoying a well deserved revival with a younger, more style savvy market.
The Seventies revival
It's not just the revival of all things seventies that has bought our attention back to the small interior house plant ( see our previous blog post for all things Seventies style). Customers are realising how lovely it is to be surrounded by greenery. The beauty of the faux houseplant is that they are interchangeable, cost effective and work with pretty much any interior space - there's a lot of fun to be had with mixing up shapes, heights and styles of plant.
The indoor garden
Here at Fake It, we often talk about the merits of an indoor garden as you can very easily achieve a real style statement at a relatively low cost purely by using varied pot plants. The trend for green walls is for most inaccessible, but the look can easily be achieved in a less structured way with a bank for shelves and individual pots. Not only does this mean it is less permanent than a fully installed green wall, but also it is interchangeable should you see another plant specimen you like the look of.
Spider and cheese
If you're planning to go for the full retro look. You can't go far wrong than combining the spider plant with the cheese plant. Both have distinctive foliage but the glossy big leaves with giant splits of the cheese plant teamed with the variegated stripe fountain of the spider sit particularly well together.
Pot plants set for world domination
The shift from the cut flower look to the indoor garden revolution is rapidly creeping towards maintstream horticultural domination. Ikea showed its house plants at the Chelsea flower Show for the first time this year, whist Alocasia was used and runway inspiration for this years Jasper Conran's runway shows. Just a glance at any Pinterest interior shot these days will almost always feature a little green specimen.
Green up your gaff.
During the winter months, the easiest was to add colour and personality to a dark interior is to add some species plants. Here at Fake It we have a huge collection to choose from and each work individually or as a beautiful grouping.
Our love for pot plants shows no sign of abating. We do however draw the line at giving them names and personalities....see Instagram feeds such as @jefferywolfgangvonplantypot and you may see what we mean!
The fiddle leaf fig tree - making a style statement with this superstar feature plant.
The current trend for a large feature corner plant is something we love here at Fake It. The darling of the interior design press, a glossy green indoor specimen can deliver as much impact as any soft furnishing or statement lamp, often at a far cheaper cost.
The Fiddle leaf - The supermodel of the plant world.
A good place to start is a plant with a large architectural leaf. Bold foliage looks striking and fresh against a strong coloured wall and can deliver fabulous style when teamed with a large contemporary pot. The current 'it' plant of the design world is the fiddle leaf ficus. It has a sculptural quality, thin trunk with big lush leaves which delivers the perfect balance of volume and structure.
Upkeep - we hope you have green fingers??
Amazingly due to the popularity of the real fiddle leaf leaf plant most would believe that it is an easy, low maintenance specimen. Sadly this is not the case and the real trees are notoriously temperamental to keep alive and looking green and glossy.
Due to the popularity of the fiddle, the Fake it team have worked hard to ensure our new Faux version perfectly replicates the real fiddle ficus, so we can deliver all of the style statement without any of the difficult upkeep.
The power of a single plant
Large leaf plants aren’t just for large rooms, they allow you to play around with scale in a smaller space. Popping just one of these lovely specimens in the corner of the room will immediately elevate it from unloved to modern and fresh. These gorgeous trees seems to work in all interiors from modern to granny chic and seem to magically transform any room.
To see our beautiful faux fiddle trees, please do pop by the Fake It showroom to learn more about these green superspecimens.
When we think of 1970s interior design, a few key pieces tend to spring to mind. Macrame hanging baskets, spider plants, rattan furniture, avocado bathrooms and lots of tones of browns and oranges. The style of the decade was greatly influenced by the back-to-nature movement, which stemmed from the hippie notion of rejection of materialism and being ‘at one’ with nature — hence all the earthy tones. Interior designers at the time went crazy with the ’nature’ ideal turning everything possible into earthy tones and bringing the first real indoor gardens and terrariums inside the living rooms of a suburban house.
Top tips to bring 70s styling into the modern home
Ok so we realise you may not be ready to bring back the avocado bathroom suite just yet, but there are elements of the 70s look that work brilliantly in today’s home.
Using planters made from wicker or rattan brings back a rustic element to the living room. If you’re ready for it, we are also seeing a lot more macrame hanging baskets creeping back onto the market. Styled in a Fake it way, we say make sure your hanging basket is filled with a sumptuous large fern or architectural succulent... avoid anything too delicate. This look is for the bold and can be truly stunning if styled with confidence. Try grouping three hanging baskets in a corner at varying heights filled with large leaf faux plants for real impact.
Large architectural plants and trees are back and live happily in the corner of any lounge or bedroom. Make sure your tree or plant in oversized, has really unusual large striking leaves and sit them in an oversized statement planter. As in the original 70s lounge, don't be afraid of lots of greenery in the lounge. Sit groups of succulents on the coffee table, maybe a small tree fern on an occasional table and a large strelitzia tree in the corner. The effect of the greenery guides the eye around the room and gives a calming more natural feel to an indoor space.
Give your containers a homespun/handmade feel. Small pots and containers should feel homemade and unique, sat together in groupings of colour with varying height plants.
Fake It 70s style
We love the 70’s styling elements and we have worked with our manufacturers to design the best quality faux trees and plants to give you this look. Here is a guide to some of the many plants and trees available from Fake It to really adopt this look with style.
Say Cheese! A lovely glossy leaf cheeseplant is perfect for the ‘big leaf’ trend.
Spider-tastic. Yes, we are even seeing the faux spider plant creeping back onto the market!
What a stunner! If you do a hanging basket, why not make it enormous and striking like this amazing faux fern.
So why not give it a go yourself. We reckon this look is here to stay. When done well it’s a fresh, contemporary take on the indoor garden look. That said, with all style-trends, it's important to know when enough is enough. If you have adopted indoor greenery in your life as illustrated in the below picture, you may have gone just a tad too far!
Emma & Becca x
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We were delighted with the article in the Evening Standard Homes and Property section in January this year. It was a great project to work on and the client was pleased with her faux window boxes and trees.
Read the full article here / all images © Paul Dubois
We are very pleased to announce that our new website and showroom have officially launched.
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Fake It has previously worked closely with top London landscape designers ‘Harrington Porter landscapes’ and we have now proudly opened our first London showroom space. Clients can now come a see and feel the quality of Fake It exterior displays, with many of our window boxes, hedges, topiary balls and trees on display. To come and take a look see us at 419 New Kings Road, London SW12.