'Don't let people shame you for using faux plants' – Shea McGee proves that decorating with fake greenery can be just as stylish

In drab spaces, follow the advice of Shea and decorate with greenery – without the upkeep

Left, Faux house plant in living room with white walls and gray sofa, Right, Shea Mcgee
(Image credit: McGee & Co., Getty Images/NBC/Contributor)

It's no secret that faux plants can bring a certain level of apprehension in the design world. When we think of faux plants, plastic, and glaringly artificial variations often come to mind, failing to achieve the much sought-after texture and depth of real plants.

And while it's important to remember that decorating with plants that are real can be a more sustainable choice than their faux counterparts, there are some situations where real plants just aren't a practical option. 

Interior designer and co-founder of McGee & Co., Shea McGee is one to back this claim, taking to Instagram to share a video in which she addresses the controversial subject of faux plants in the design world.

'Don’t let people shame you for using faux plants in your home,' says Shea. While real plants work well in rooms that receive plenty of natural light throughout the day, some spaces simply don't receive enough, making it tricky to keep plants alive and healthy. Shea continues: 'In a basement, it’s not going to stay alive. In a vacation home for our clients, it’s not going to stay alive. That is why we are developing beautiful faux options.'

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Shea McGee

Interior designer, Shea McGee founded her iconic design firm, Studio McGee, with her husband Syd in 2014. They later launched their e-commerce brand, McGee & Co, and starred in their very own Netflix show, Dream Home Makeover.

NYC-based interior designer Kathy Kuo also remarks on the benefits of incorporating faux plants into your decor schemes when real plants aren't suitable: 'I love using faux plants as part of an interior design motif. These days, there are many beautifully crafted silk plants on the market that look exactly like the real thing so you don't have to sacrifice that natural and organic look.'

'The obvious upside is that you don't have to worry about caring for the plants when you're away or if you want to put them in a non-sunny spot – it's all of the style and none of the stress.'

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Kathy Kuo

Kathy Kuo is a celebrated interior designer and international guru within the home and lifestyle space. She has 20+ years of experience in the design industry. 

Shop zero-maintenance faux plants

If you have a room in your home that's lacking in natural light, incorporating faux plants can be a great way to add some uplifting greenery to the space. Or, if you're looking for a statement plant for your home decor ideas that doesn't require any maintenance, faux plants will look great for years to come. 

Below, we've rounded up some of our favorite faux plants from McGee & Co., which give a reassuringly realistic look. Perfect for styling throughout the home, from the living room to the kitchen, these plants will bring a feeling of nature indoors without the upkeep.

Paint & Color Editor

Emily is H&G's Paint & Color Editor, covering all things color across interior design and home decor. She joined the team in the summer of 2023, having studied Fashion Communication at university before working in various creative roles ahead of making the leap into interiors. She lives in Glasgow where she loves admiring the city's architecture, frequenting her favorite coffee spots, and sourcing vintage furniture for her tenement apartment. Emily's interior style is inspired by the simplicity of midcentury design, mixed with more playful modern pieces that inject small (but bold) doses of color.