Here are a few area's that I've mixed. See if you can tell the real from the faux.
Here is another shot of my front porch. In this shot, only the stems in the large galvanized bucket are faux. I feel these stems look as though they could have been cut from a blooming fruit tree.
When making my faux purchases, I look for as many authentic flowers as possible. I also try to stay true to the color of real flowers. You rarely see a deep purple rose for example.
Another area that I've found I prefer faux in around my bed.
These roses are above my bed. I really don't want water above the bed so I opted for faux stems.
They will look this good all summer long.
Simple rules for faux stems:
Choose authentic looking stems
Mix with real flowers when possible but in separate arrangements
Display what is currently blooming even if they are faux
Have fun displaying your real and faux stems!!