I have a confession to make. I am terrible at keeping plants alive. Even succulents. People tell me, “Try succulents, they are super easy to care for.” Meanwhile mine are slowly dying. Despite my lack of a green thumb, I still absolutely love flowers and all things green. They can brighten up a house and make it feel instantly like a home. While occasionally a friend will cut me some fresh blooms from their garden, I usually opt for faux flowers in my house. When we downsized our house 2 years ago I had to get even more creative with my faux flower use when decorating. A big part of this was because we lost a lot of storage space…well, just space in general. Because of this, I had to get more creative with where I stored things and how I decorated. I’m sure anyone with a smaller home can totally relate. Let me lay out some tips that I have for getting started using faux flowers to make a small home feel bigger and hide the clutter too! *This is a sponsored post.
Brighten up dark spaces
One major difference from our bigger house to our smaller one is that windows. Our previous house was filled with huge, beautiful picture windows and it flooded in sunlight all day, no matter what the weather. It’s actually the only thing I really miss.
When we downsized I had to find a way to get creative on how to brighten the place up since cutting out bigger windows just wasn’t an option.
Getting started, I chose to brighten up the darkest nooks and crannies. Like on the top of the cupboards. I did this with a lot of white accent pieces and my favorite bright, white flowers, daisies. Not only do faux plants help brighten up dark spaces, but you can also put them anywhere without having to worry about them not getting enough sunlight!
No one styles their houses around their outlet plugins. These necessities are just plain unattractive and can take away from the design of your house. I have always worked tirelessly to try and cover them in every house we have lived in. This one in my kitchen was particularly unattractive and it was right next to the area I wanted to set up as our coffee bar.
I was already using our coffee maker to cover up the outlet on the other side, so naturally, I turned to my faux flowers to help me cover up this one.
This area also happened to be under the cupboards and needed a little brightening up anyway. Check out the difference.
Coffee bars are a huge focal point in people’s homes these days and something people really want to decorate and make functional but cute. Here are some other great ideas for setting up a home bar or coffee bar.
To help brighten up my under cupboard coffee bar, I also chose to only hang these small white tea cups.
The mug holder was a Christmas gift and I just had to find a place for it in my home, but I didn’t want the dark wood to be over-powering and make this dark space even darker.
These faux daisies, white mugs, and bright pottery did a perfect job of giving this space a little character without being over-powering.
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Creative bathroom countertop coverage
Another tough thing to maneuver in a smaller home is trying to keep your single sink bathroom counter clutter free and not tacky. I mean, do you know anyone who has managed to make a toothbrush fashionable? Maybe you have, but it definitely wasn’t me. That’s why I loved this Mason jar hanging wall storage when we first moved in. They are perfect for keeping the countertops clutter-free.
Even though our bathroom countertops aren’t cluttered, having our toothbrushes be the only focal point in our bathroom just wasn’t an option for me. So I decided to use my faux plants to turn one of the Mason jars into a vase.
Again, this is one of the great things about faux flowers for decoration. There is no sunlight in my bathroom for the plant to survive, nor do I want to deal with the fuss of having dirt and potting in there. Just keeping a bathroom clean with 3 kids is tough enough.
Create a fresh feel in the laundry room
Ahhh the laundry room. It’s so easy to browse on Pinterest and find people who have managed to create a laundry room that is more attractive than your bedroom.
There are cute wall hangings, creative colors, beautiful shelving and no sign of any generic labels or dirty clothes. I wish.
To try and play catch-up with these laundry room ninjas, I decided to get a little creative with some more daisies to help hide the ugly parts of the laundry room and store some of the packaged cleaning supplies we own.
As you can see our laundry room kind of doubles as the “command center” of our home.
These faux flowers do such an awesome job of tying it all together (or at least I think so!)
I still dream of painted walls and pretty shelving, but for now, this will do!
Where to shop
You can find faux flowers almost anywhere these days. Unfortunately, a lot of them won’t last long or will even start shedding material and falling apart right away. Living a more frugal, intentional life to me means purchasing high-quality items that will last a long time. That’s why I suggest looking into places that offer faux plants for indoors and outdoors because they are made for durability. You can start shopping now and use my discount: BLOGGER10 to get an additional 10% off!
Upkeep and maintenance
The best part about using faux plants to decorate your home is that once you’ve decided where you want to put them, you don’t have to worry about maintaining them too much!
If you don’t love the idea of flowers everywhere, there are so many beautiful, green options to choose from and you can really get creative with your space.
People often think of minimalism as living with as little as possible or only the necessities. To me, it is all about using things I love to create an intentional and welcoming living space that makes me happy. Caring for actual living plants does not make me happy, it causes great anxiety. Now I have a home that is permanently cozy and welcoming with no upkeep what-so-ever (except a little light dusting.)