6 Reasons You Need Greenery Or Flowers {Real Or Faux} In Your Home Right Now

As I move about my home, going about my day, I’ve realized that I have some sort of greenery or flowers in almost every room.  Most of them are faux – I’m terrible at keeping fresh flowers watered and houseplants alive!  Some of them change with the season and others stay the same year round.  

Now, I know that the current decorating trends say “no faux allowed”, but I beg to differ.  {And who cares about so called trends anyway?  Can I get an amen?}  

So with that in mind, here are my thoughts on why every home needs a bit of greenery or flowers.

1. GREENERY AND FLOWERS CAN PULL A ROOM TOGETHER

Have you ever worked and worked on a room only to have it fall flat?  You think that all of the elements are there, but the room doesn’t have any life to it, isn’t cohesive or just doesn’t look finished?  Me too.  Maybe what you need is a touch of greenery or a little touch of florals.  There’s something about adding a living element {even if it’s faux} that says “done”.

My family room has greenery scattered throughout.  A burlap tote on the hearth is filled with an overflowing bunch of tulips as a nod to the season.  In my eyes, the room would be flat without the added texture and color.

REMODELED FAMILY ROOM TOUR – BEFORE AND AFTER

An amazing diy family room transformation. A room that was taken from dark and dated to bright and inviting.

 

2. SOMETHING ORGANIC {AGAIN, REAL OR FAUX} CAN BOOST YOUR MOOD

There’s no way around it – flowers just say “happy”.  It has been found that people with flowers or plants in their home are less likely to feel worried or anxious.  In fact, so many studies have been done on this subject that the Society Of American Florists labeled flowers as vitamin F!  And we all need some of that.

I may be bleary eyed and grumpy first thing in the morning, but having a few grocery store flowers near my coffee pot immediately puts me in a better frame of mind – even before my first cup of coffee.  Now that’s power! 

COUNTRY LIVING SPRING HOME TOUR

Spring touches in a white farmhouse style kitchen

 

3. FLOWERS AND GREENERY WELCOME YOUR GUESTS

By placing flowers or plants in places that visitors see, you are saying “I’m happy you’re here. Come in and feel at home”.  And just think, every time you walk through the door or by the flowers, you’ll feel at home too.

FARMHOUSE FRONT ENTRY AND EASY PLANTERS

Farmhouse style front porch and easy containers

 

4. PLANTS AND FLOWERS DOUBLE AS EVERYDAY DECOR

Coordinate the flowers with the colors in your space.  Or add them for a pop of color and to draw the eye.  I used a bunch of dried hydrangeas in my dining room to draw the eye up to the display on my vintage shelf.

THE FASTEST AND EASIEST DIY PLANKED WALL IN THE HISTORY OF EVER

Combining farmhouse touches with traditional dining room furniture

 

5. THEY MAKE IT EASY TO DECORATE FOR A SEASON OR HOLIDAY

When you see bunches of pine branches, what do you immediately think of?  Why, Christmas of course.  Or how about the rustic golds and oranges of fall?

FALL TABLE CENTERPIECE

Farmhouse Fall Table Centerpiece

 

6. ORGANIC ELEMENTS SUCH AS PLANTS AND FLOWERS INSPIRE CREATIVITY

Flowers and plants have been shown to stimulate creativity.  Try adding flowers to a spot where you gather or work and see if they don’t add a spark of imagination and creativity.  

CELEBRATE SPRING WITH FARMHOUSE FLORALS 

Celebrating Spring With Farmhouse Florals

Tell me what you think.  Do you agree that having flowers or a plant is important in your home?

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  1. Most definitely! I always have to have flowers or greenery of some sort. I love the spot of color/texture/or shapes they add. Thank you!

    1. Me too, Karen! There’s just something about the way it brings a room to life.

    2. Amen! I have fresh flowers on my vanity by the sink so I see them first thing. But I will add some near the coffee pot also. It makes me smile?

    1. Hi Lauren. Most of my greenery comes from Hobby Lobby, but I also find it at Ikea and occasionally at HomeGoods, TJ Maxx and Marshalls. I think it’s gotten much easier to find great greenery than it used to be.

  2. I say amen to faux greenery!! real or not I think they add life to your home. And green goes with everything!

    1. You got that right, Suzy! Green is the new neutral. LOL

  3. Love the tips on adding greenery. It really brings a room to life!

    1. I totally agree, Patrice!

  4. I enjoyed the look around your home to see how you used greenery. It seems ot just finish a room. Just this morning my husband was saying maybe we need some plants inside. Except for bamboo and fresh flowers I think they will be faux. Inspired. Have a good day! Linda

    1. So glad you were able to find some inspiration, Linda. Hope you have a great day too!

  5. Deb Gibboney says:

    I’m Loving your use of dried boxwood throughout your home! Probably my favorite is the cute little wreath on the lamp shade! That put a real smile on my face, as I’m sure it does everyone visiting your gorgeous home 🙂 Thanks for the tips and uplift.

    1. Thank you so much, Deb! I’m in love with those little wreaths and could easily put them on every single shade in my house.

  6. Thanks for giving me the courage to go back to the early 90’s and add some faux flowers and a little faux greenery to my rooms. Didn’t realize how much I missed those pops of color, they really do pull a room together. Best of all, they’re inexpensive and can be changed out with the seasons.

    1. Hi Sue. I think that today’s faux greenery and flowers are leaps and bounds ahead of what they used to be. And yes, so inexpensive!

  7. I’m sorry ask something that’s probably been asked a thousand times already…where did the pig’s head come from? I’ve been searching but can’t find an animal head that ‘s the right size for my space. Thank you!

  8. I also love your us of boxwood wreaths! Never thought of that before, so, you now have a new convert!!!!! Thanks!

  9. I totally agree with greenery. I am on the Gulf Coast for the winter and I bring greenery home to the mid west. I can then keep it all summer and fall to enjoy in my home. I love maiden hair fern and it is so easy to grow.

  10. Whether fresh or faux, greenery adds such a fresh, organic feel to any room. Love the wooden tray with greenery on your mantle. Where did you find the tray?

    1. Hi Susan. The wooden container on my mantel is a dough bowl. Here’s the link to one that is a really great price: http://fave.co/2kcmFr4

  11. I too love your boxwood wreaths. I would love to find some myself! I always have some kind of floral sitting in my kitchen window. I love flowers indoors and outdoors ?

  12. Sharon Prince says:

    (Here’s a big AMEN to not following trends! I belong to a Facebook group that follows a particular HGTV designer and so many are quick to jump on the bandwagon for the decor item du jour. If you love it, that’s one thing, but to follow the herd, per se, just “because everyone else has it” is a waste of money and your own design sense. Stepping off my soap box now.)

    I do love to use organic materials when decorating — I especially love moss, whether it’s loose and tucked into a bowl or moss orbs or moss stones. It’s that little hint of green that breathes life into a space. And I love dried hydrangeas — I clip them from my shrubs in the fall, let them dry and use them various ways throughout the fall and winter season. In looking at the lovely photos you have posted, it’s easy to understand how important a little organic greenery is in finishing off a great space!

  13. Suzy – Like you, I have something real or faux in every room! As a gardener, I love flowers and greenery and yes, it perks up a room. I think the nicest thing one can do for a guest is to put a small bouquet of cut flowers on the guest room night stand. The color and fragrance is so welcoming. It is small, simple, easily affordable and such a nice gesture.

  14. Carol Elkins says:

    I am looking for a boxwood wreath to add to my home. I love yours! And I love to get the grocery store flowers – they add such a wonderful and colorful touch to my home.

  15. I totally agree! I have flowers in every room of my house! Sometimes, I think I overdo it but nothing makes me smile more than when I walk through the front door & see all the colors of my flowers & the welcome they bring!!!

  16. So true! Greenery or flowers make a big difference! I have tried a few times to leave the greenery out but most of the time it just doesn’t look right.

  17. I am always pleased by the splash of color and freshness greenery adds to a room.
    I just have to keep my husband from trimming the Elaeagnus, as I love using the long spires
    in arrangements!

  18. Mary Chris says:

    yes greens are very important.

  19. Linda Manuel says:

    Agree! Absolutely HAVE to HAVE some greenery in my home!

  20. Love having some greenery in every room…fresh or faux! Succulents are beautiful and very popular now. I bought some at Target that are so realistic looking that I have misted them a few times!!!!

  21. I love having a touch of green in each room. Lots of houseplants & flowers!

  22. I always kill my plants also 🙁 I like the idea of using faux plants. The pictures of your homes are so pretty.

  23. Such pretty vignettes with the greenery. I use faux most of the time indoors. I LOVE having dried lavender around the house all year. What size is the boxwood wreath around your pig head?

    Cindy

  24. You are so right about needing greenery in every room! Mine is all fake too, but I like the way it looks. My only complaint is how quickly it seems to attract dust.

  25. Kelly Smith says:

    Oh, love all the greenery. I have a lot too and was wondering if it was too much, but seeing yours puts my mind at ease!

  26. Rebecca Nelson says:

    I also love plants, greenery and decorating with nature. I am excited to pull out my nests and little finch eggs that I have collected. Thank you for a great blog. I do enjoy reading it and love the photos.

  27. Faux plants are good for those of us with a brown thumb!

  28. Linda Johnson says:

    I also have faux greenery, for the same reason— I forget about them until they die of thirst or I drown them. Love how you have incorporated the ‘green touch’ in your rooms.

  29. Thanks for the tips, Suzy. I just arranged a faux succulent planter for my living area. I’m quite happy with it… just need seem white pebbles to complete the arrangement. 🙂 I think greenery really DOES bring life to any area.

  30. mattsgramma says:

    Lovely green touches!