Survey Shows People Don’t Know Real Plants From Fakes
Survey Shows People Don’t Know Real Plants
Artificial plants are a topic of hot debate in the world of interiors, with some designers swearing by them and others preferring genuine foliage. But new research from Blooming Artificial has found that when it comes to this part of interior design, the Great British public can’t tell the real deal from a fake.
Following a recent live event in which they gave Norwich city centre a temporary makeover, fooling the public with hundreds of faux plants, Blooming Artificial created a photo quiz to gauge responses from people further afield.
“Difficult to identify”
Their findings show that on average, half of us will regularly mistake real plants for fake plants, while around 40% of responses thought that it was the images of fake plants that were the real deal.
Older generations were slightly better at knowing which was which, but still only guessed correctly just over half of the time. You can still take the quiz online for yourself here, to see how you get on!
The average score for the online quiz at the time of writing was 55% correct: suggesting that many people don’t know which is which, and are simply guessing. People were almost equally as likely to guess that real plants were fakes as they were to guess that fake plants were real. Despite many people thinking that artificial plants are easy to spot, it turns out that both online and in the real world it’s more difficult to identify them than we think.
“Can’t spot the difference”
At their pop-up garden in Norwich this summer, Blooming Artificial spoke to hundreds of passers-by who were shocked to find out the garden they were exploring was made entirely of artificial plants.
“When you think about artificial plants, people often think of low-quality products that are obviously made from plastic,” Blooming Artificial’s Alick Burnett said. “But with products made from real bamboo and wood as well as the highest-quality synthetic materials, of course I’m not surprised that many people can’t spot the difference between our plants and the real thing.”