Styling IKEA | The best budget friendly faux foliage on the High Street

August 23, 2017

ikea faux plants foliage scandinavian bedroom interior styling ideas and inspiration

Image: Design Soda

.

If you read Interiors blogs regularly you may have come across Ikea a fair bit recently, not only have they been collaborating with some amazing brands on fabulous design, but their in-house team have been knocking it out of the park with everything from the new Stockholm range to artisan hand painted tableware and beating-Superfronts-at-their own-game geometric cupboard fronts. Not to mention their hilarious spat with a top fashion house who appear to have taken a heavy dose of inspiration from their famous 30p bags but for thousands of pounds. Well, I don’t like to be left off a bandwagon ever so I’m here to talk about Ikea today too, but what I’m talking about is far more small scale than any of the above, it has nothing to do with cutting edge design and everything to do with faking the botanical trend impressively whilst filling your home with cat-safe copies of in vogue plants. 

.

ikea faux plants foliage scandinavian bedroom interior styling ideas and inspiration

Image: Design Soda

.

 

I have to be honest, I’m not much of a fan of faux flowers in general but with plant growth so hit and miss in our house (they don’t exactly die but often seem to be in that hinterland between growth and giving up!) I have considered going faux. And I’ve been really impressed by my trips to Ikea recently. We only live a ten minute drive from our local Ikea so I’ve been making the most of the design moment ikea have been having this year and visiting monthly (partly because I’m still waiting for those bloody useful bags redesigned by Hay to drop!). I’ve picked up quite a few pieces I’ve been super happy with over the last six months but one which has been a real surprise to me has been in the faux foliage department.

.

scandinavian rustic styling kinfolk bohemian bedroom interiors ideas and inspiration

scandinavian monotone kinfolk bohemian bedroom interiors ideas and inspiration

Image: Design Soda

.

Eucalyptus

I first bought some faux eucalyptus a few months ago, sold at £2.50 per sprig, to solve the perennial problem I have of finding them super pretty for styling but always having to put them out of reach as they are deadly to cats. Having had a discussion with Juan from BorealAbode last week on Instagram after he bought some too, I’ve learnt that there are over 700 varieties of Eucalyptus so your trust in them looking real may depend upon the varieties you commonly use. I love the smell of Eucalyptus (who doesn’t) but if a plastic version allows me to place them wherever I want (and there’s always essential oils) I can live with that. 

.

ikea faux plants foliage scandinavian bedroom interior styling ideas and inspiration

Image: Design Soda

.

Fig Plant

I was really impressed with how the Eucalyptus looked in our bedroom, providing the right pop of greenery without needing water changed etc so the next time I visited I had a little further look at the faux section and I bought a faux fig plant. They also stock a fiddle leaf fig (completely poisonous to cats) but I found this smaller fake more impressive. One concrete pot, some soil and a play with leaf arrangement later (you have to do this if you want to dupe a real plant btw) and I honestly don’t think you’d know this plant was fake until you were at least at touching distance. 

.

ikea faux plants foliage scandinavian bedroom interior styling ideas and inspiration

Image: Design Soda

.

Ginko

Last week we popped to Ikea in the evening as a child friendly antidote to having had to stay in all day for various blogger mail deliveries to arrive. Ted loves an Ikea visit, the playground, the kids area where he plays house, the meatballs (of course!) and I happily came home with a stem of foliage that I can’t identify but know is very pretty! I’ve cut a few of the leaves off to use later as it was the perfect thing for this green Aurora vase Dartington sent me. I’d love to know what it is, I’m calling it fancy ivy but if you know the correct name do let me know in the comments below.

.

Ikea Faux Plants

Image: Design Soda

.

Monstera Leaf

And finally, this is a bit of a cheat, it’s a monstera leaf from a cheese plant, another un-cat-friendly houseplant (are you picking up a theme here!). Well, I didn’t actually buy this one from IKEA but they do sell them in Ikea, and far cheaper than I paid for it, had I of known I’d happen upon one in the Swedish Superstore I would definitely have bought it there. So, that’s it my run down of my favourite Ikea plant cheats, you can find links to all of the items mentioned below, happy shopping, I’d love to hear your tips on faking it with plants in your home. 

 

 

ikea faux plants foliage scandinavian bedroom interior styling ideas and inspiration

Image: Design Soda

.

The Faux Foliage in my house from IKEA:

Ikea Faux Plants

Top to bottom, left to right: 1. Smejka Fig, £8 2. Smycka Ginko, £6  3. Smycka Eucalyptus Stem, £2.50 4. Smycka Monstea, £3.50.

 

****I’ve been nominated for the Amara Interior Blog awards, if you like my blog please take a couple of seconds to vote for me, it would mean the world to me. Please click the image below to be taken to the voting page, your vote should take five seconds to cast.****

 

 

Share

Related posts:

3 thoughts on “Styling IKEA | The best budget friendly faux foliage on the High Street

  1. Pingback: The angel Chair by Sloane & Sons, a Scandinavian classic wingback

  2. Juan Sandiego

    Thanks for the mention, Ruthie! Sorry it has taken me ages to comment. My Sunday blog reading session has been delayed because of the Bank Holiday *takes two paracetamol tablets*

    I’m still trying to fiddle with the eucalyptus branch to make it look more organic. I think the choice of vase is very important (I need your vase). I also have the monstera leaf, which makes a dark dingy corner of my hallway feel a bit less depressing. Next time I pop in IKEA I’m definitely going to check the ginkgo. It looks great in your photos and I would have never guessed it was fake!

    Reply
    1. Design_Soda_Ruthie Post author

      Haha, it sounds like you had a good bank holiday Juan! I know the feeling 🙈. My vase for the Eucalyptus was from H&M, fairly recently so it may still be for sale! Yes, I agree, a bit of faux works so well to cheer up little corners, especially when the summer has been a bit blah and you feel bad picking what little flowers are growing! Xxx

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *