How to Style Faux Greenery

No green thumb? No problem. Here are our foolproof tips for styling faux greenery in your home.

20 July 2017 -

We love decorating with greenery—

— here at Studio McGee, because it brings in an air of freshness to your home and livens up any space you put it in. While Shea and the design team typically stick to using fresh-cut stems and florals when styling for their clients, faux greenery is a great alternative for those who want something low maintenance, have low-light rooms, or tend to struggle when it comes to live plants. It can be difficult to make faux greenery look natural when decorating with artificial plants, but here we are sharing our favorite ways to style and incorporate greenery into your space for a natural and layered look. Read on to learn how to decorate with faux plants then head over to McGee & Co. Where Shea and the design team have curated a high-quality collection of faux greenery options to get you started.

No. 01 | In a Vase

No. 02 | On a Door

No. 03 | In a Planter

No. 04 | In a Corner

No. 01 | In a Vase

When styling a faux greenery arrangement, the goal is to achieve a natural shape with the stems or florals. The key to a natural-looking arrangement is asymmetry—it shouldn’t be perfect—so we recommend bending the stems to vary the height and opening the leaves or blooms to create an organic shape. Keep playing around with the shape until they mimic what you would see in nature. Normally we use one type of greenery per vase, but occasionally we like to mix it up. Try mixing two types of greenery for a muted look or mixing greenery with florals for a fun pop of color.

Next, you want to pick a complementary vase for your faux greenery arrangement. Pick a vase that your faux greenery will fill but has enough room to breathe with a little empty space. McGee & Co.’s Rounded Dual Handled Vase paired well with the Faux Laurel Leaf Stem from the 2022 McGee & Co. Summer catalogue shoot as seen below. There are numerous possibilities when decorating with greenery, and you can feature your new faux arrangement on a coffee table, above the fireplace on a mantel, styled on open shelves, on a console table, or placed on the kitchen countertop.

No. 02 | On a Door

Wreaths are one of the best options when decorating with artificial plants, because they can last for an entire season, and then multiple years beyond that. We love to use a statement faux wreath on the front door of the home to set the tone for the season and welcome guests into your home with a beautiful style moment. Spring and summer bring faux greenery like myrtle branches, artemisia, moss, lavender statice, and golden fern, all found in McGee & Co.’s Faux Herbiflora Wreath. While fall and winter bring warmer tones like those in McGee & Co.’s Faux Branchy Wreath. Typically, we hang faux wreaths on exterior doors, but you can also bring them indoors to hang on windows or interior doors.

No. 03 | In a Planter

Another faux greenery option is a faux drop-in plant. We like decorating with this greenery, because they can easily be placed all over the home whether in the kitchen or open shelving. Faux drop-ins are versatile and bring dimension and balance to a space. In our Park City Contemporary project, we styled McGee & Co.’s Faux Maiden Hair Drop-In on a shelf in the casual living room off the kitchen. We even incorporated a faux drop-in in the Burnham Cabinet from the 2022 McGee & Co. summer catalogue shoot.

No. 04 | In a Corner

Faux or real, we love to fill an empty corner with a beautiful tree as it is the perfect place to add height and dimension to a room. We love how the Shady Lady Faux Tree adds texture and movement to this dining room from McGee & Co’s 2023 spring shoot. You can also pair a faux tree with a chair and artwork for an intentional corner vignette. From our spring Threshold x Studio McGee collection, we paired the Maple Artificial Tree with the Havenstone Upholstered Accent Chair and Plains Artwork. You can find the entirety of the Threshold x Studio McGee faux greenery collection here.

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20 July 2017