A few years ago, I was at an art show featuring modern works that incorporated artificial plants. In very radiant colors! The look was ultra contemporary, as the plastic blooms were affixed to canvases in very unusual ways. It was then that I immediately remembered the days of admiring and shopping for aquarium plants back when I had a tank of my own…and I realized that I didn’t need an aquarium to find a place for these vibrant accents in my home. More good news? Aquarium plants work well in modern interiors with an ’80s twist!
Seriously, folks–have you considered the design possibilities for these affordable pieces? Many come in fluorescent colors, and they’re perfect for incorporating into terrariums, bookshelf arrangements, display cases and more. And because they’re obviously fake, there’s no pressure to try and make them blend in or seem natural. This is about bright colors and faux textures. And loving every minute of it!
The aquarium plants and ornaments at the top of the post are from the National Geographic Collection, available at PetSmart. Here are the details:
I’m excited about the National Geographic collection because the items seem to be a higher quality than usual. In the past I’ve purchased cheap aquarium plants that end up having a very strong plastic smell once removed from their wrappers. Because they were being used for design projects, I wasn’t too worried (they eventually aired out). But it makes you wonder how they’re good for the fish if used in an actual aquarium!
…which is why I’m a big fan of silk plants. They tend to have less of a manufactured smell. And they still come in some amazing colors! Check out the montage of Petco selections above, then look below for product information:
BOTTOM ROW: Background Plant Multi-Pack
I have a little design project brewing–it involves my display case, mineral samples, and of course, aquarium plants. I’ll keep you posted on the progress! Happy Wednesday!