This is what I object to. Pretend ivy over the kitchen cabinets. Or, pretend ivy anywhere for that matter. Ladies, fake plants have come a long way since the ivy. If you are still using it, please reconsider. It looks bad. Your friends are too nice to tell you to take it down and move into the 21st century. My apologies.
I have fakes in my house. I am picky about what I buy and how I use them. I like them to look realistic even though I know I’m not fooling anyone. Since I’m renting and my walls are white I think a little green adds some much needed life and dimension.
These pretend hydrangeas look like the real dried out thing. I still don’t use them unless it’s in a wreath. Personally, I don’t like pretend flowers unless they are unbelievably wonderful. I usually just buy pretend greens and stuff.
The fern on the top is shiny, bright green. The back looks white and is a dead giveaway that this is not remotely real. The bottom fern is imperfect, has muted greenish yellows and looks the same from the other side. Much better choice.
I use these “berries” at Christmastime. They are not real but have enough variation in color and perfectness to be believable. It seems the trick is to buy imperfect greenery and fake stuff. I look for greenery that has a brownish, yellowish tint. These seem to look more realistic. Even though I don’t use fake flowers inside, I have seen them used beautifully. But beware, most people cannot do them right.