I believe that every space, every room needs a little touch of greenery in it to finish the space. See where I found budget friendly faux indoor houseplants and which two are my favorite!
It’s no secret that I’ve sort of become a plant lady. They say you become your mom when you get older and while I’m certain that’s not true for the most part for me, I did pick up her love of indoor plants! Unfortunately, I did not inherit her ability to bake!
I see a lot of stuff about people killing their indoors plants or being a “black thumb”. And, yes I’ve been there. I tell my husband I’m a greenish gray thumb – sometimes they live, sometimes they don’t.
But, like with everything else it seems, nurturing and caring for indoor plants is a skill. It takes time. And research. And patience.
In fact, I shared a few months ago about which plant is the perfect (real) beginner houseplant for black thumbs. This guy is still alive and growing!!
I’m a firm believer that every room needs a little greenery in it. It doesn’t have to be like the jungle (which is what my house is turning into). But, you know when you’re looking at a room and thinking “there’s something missing. I just don’t know what it is”? I bet you need a plant.
Plants bring warmth, color, and life to a space. Plus, they’re not in rigid shapes like a rectangular couch or TV. Flowing leaves or even spiky cactuses will bring so much texture into the room.
So, while I have several alive plants in my home, I do still love a faux houseplant. You don’t need to worry about how much sunlight they’re getting, or how much to water them, or kids ripping the leaves off (coming from personal experience).
Plus, my two favorite faux houseplants are very popular right now. You can get them almost anywhere with prices ranging from $30-40 up to hundreds of dollars. There’s no way I would spend several hundred dollars on a faux houseplant, so I found my two favorite plants at budget friendly prices.
1. Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree
Pretty much everyone has a fiddle leaf tree these days. It has HUGE leaves and can be anywhere from just a foot or two high up to several feet high. I personally love the taller ones. The fiddle leaf tree adds the perfect finishing touch to a room.
Like this room from Chris Loves Julia. I absolutely LOVE everything they do and use a lot of their home as inspiration for my own. This is their living room with the perfect tall fiddle leaf tree. Imagine what the room would look like without the tree in it! They tend to decorate in neutrals and cooler toned fabrics/decor, etc so that fiddle leaf really brings a warm touch to the room. Love it!
Ashley from Bigger Than the Three of Us is a plant lady extraordinaire. She can keep 700 plants alive at once. In his MCM dining room, she has the cutest little fiddle leaf fig tree. Don’t you love its big leaves?!
I love how the fiddle leaf in this nursery from Dahlia and Dimes adds warmth and color to an otherwise neutral (and very, very beautiful) room.
I almost bought a real one. Actually, on several occasions I’ve almost bought a real one. But, they’re extremely picky and difficult to grow and keep alive. You can’t move them around, there’s a specific way you have to water them, and probably other things I don’t even know about.
Every time I go to a store alone, there’s a 90% chance I’m bringing back some kind of plant. When I found the perfect faux fiddle leaf tree, I had the kids with me and not my husband. I told them not to tell him I bought it and hoped he just wouldn’t notice me carrying in this giant tree. Obviously, that didn’t work. BUT, after buying and returning so many fiddle leaf fig trees, I finally found the perfect one.
And it’s from …. IKEA!!
Of course IKEA named it some weird name with a bunch of letters and a “J “in it. That’s a fiddle leaf tree though. And it’s only $49.99!!
AND AND AND AND you can buy it ONLINE! Can you tell I’m excited?!
Right now, it’s hanging out in our hallway! I love our hallway right now. Hopefully I’ll post the reveal this week or next. So, I can’t show you the whole thing to spoil what it looks like in its entirety. Here’s a little sneak peak.
2. Snake Plant
My second favorite faux indoor houseplant is the snake plant.
Snake plants are actually really easy to keep alive! I have two currently that I water once a week (if I remember). They aren’t fickle and don’t require as much light as the fiddle leaf tree. Plus, they’re smaller so they don’t take up as much space.
Emmerson and Fifteenth used a snake plant in a neutral master bedroom makeover. I just love how it looks next to that dresser.
This dining room is what dreams are made of. That snake plant in the background is just perfect. Suburban B’s really knocked it out of the park with this makeover.
This is an easy first real plant to try if you have a black thumb. But, if you’re not ready to take the leap yet, I found the perfect faux snake plant at Target! Target’s new Project 62 line is my favorite thing ever. (I rounded up my favorite products from it here). I’ve had to actually keep myself away from the store so as to avoid buying every.single.thing. It’s bad.
Well, they have a snake plant as part of the collection for only $39.99!!!
The plant itself is beautiful and actually looks real. The bonus is that it comes with the cutest MCM planter. Honestly, I would pay $40 just for the planter!
I would go to the store to look at it in person before buying. I have a hard time visualizing dimensions when they’re just listed on the website. When they say it’s “large” I really consider it “small”. So, just be aware of the dimensions.
Currently, the faux snake plant is in Evie’s nursery. This isn’t its permanent home. It’s going to go in our master bedroom. Somewhere.
If you was to go with real indoor houseplants, Studio Mcgee listed their favorites and how to keep them alive! Also, Joanna Gaines wrote all about the plants she uses in her show and how to keep them alive. I have my eye on that olive tree!
Happy plant hunting!
I can't wait to hear your thoughts!