Design: Make artificial florals look like the real deal

Cathy Hobbs
Tribune News Service

Artificial florals were once taboo, considered unattractive dust collectors. Now they are popular with weekend and vacation homeowners, as well as those who desire no maintenance and colorful floral solutions.

Succulents: At first glance, artificial succulents often don’t look much different than the real thing. Succulents are attractive and modern decorations and pair well with items such as sand, stone, grasses and branches.

Silk florals: When choosing silk florals, consider arrangements that are both large and small. Small single bloom arrangements may prove to have the biggest impact on a side table, end table or in a bathroom.

Interesting arrangements: Instead of just choosing a traditional floral arrangement, why not consider one that is unique? From bamboo to topiary, artificial flowers don’t have to look fake.

Mix and match: One of the most successful design techniques is to mix and match, which can also apply when using artificial flowers. Whether in a single room or throughout the home, mix and match different styles of arrangements for maximum impact.

Make your own: Making your own arrangements can be fun, easy and affordable. Some basic materials include:

■A vessel to use for your arrangement

■Blooms or succulents (bunches or individual stems)

■Moss, river stones or sand to create a foundation for your arrangement

Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at or visit her website at