Whenever I consider following (or breaking) inside design guidelines, my thoughts goes towards the massive and daring. Washing partitions in wild colours. Clashing eras. Forgoing symmetry. But what concerning the particulars? Amidst the smaller dwelling décor moments dwell larger methods to up the ante on a room’s look. Take the rising, however evergreen development of adorning with vases. Primarily lauded for what it holds, a vase is in and of itself a gorgeous object to showcase. And there are limitless methods to do exactly that. As these concepts for adorning with vases show, irreverence is usually the most effective inside design rule to observe.
So with that in thoughts, let these vase décor concepts spark some motivation to combine issues up.
Featured picture by Michelle Nash at Shani Van Breukelen’s NYC house.
9 Ideas For Decorating With Vases
#1: Stuffed With Leaves or Branches
The vase really hasn’t been innovated much over the years. It’s a hollow vessel meant to hold flowers or greenery. But part of it beauty is found in its utilitarian function. This means that it doesn’t always have to be filled with budding roses. Keep it simple and showcase vases on a shelf with fresh-cut greens from your yard. I love to salvage leaves from fallen branches to add a touch of emerald to a colorful vessel.
#2: Placed on the Floor
The only reason to keep vases on tables is for the safety of little ones and pets. If this isn’t a concern in your home, prop a vessel in a lonely corner. This provides an unexpected design moment for negative space and allows the perfect way to showcase taller branches and stems.
#3: Repurposing Vintage Items
Look around your home for items that hold liquid. Find any vintage mason jars? Antique tumblers? An old urn? The point of this is to prove that a vase doesn’t have to be marketed as such to make a statement. Grab something beautiful that holds water and give it a new lease on life.
#4: Grouped in a Vignette
Showcasing a vase on its own is expected. But adding it to a group of objects, such as other vases or art pieces, creates a textured vibe. This makes for a quiet moment for a bedroom, guest room, or reading nook.
#5: Married with Dishes
Pair a vase with dishware of the same color to add dimension to open kitchen shelving. The look breaks up any monotony. Plus, flowers in the kitchen are always a yes.
#6: Standing Tall on a Table
It’s so easy to fall back on familiar options. A basic white tee. A gray couch. A fruit-filled bowl as a centerpiece. Ditch this last option (not the first two!) for a vase and greens. Positioning a vase either asymmetrically (balanced by other table accessories) or in the center of a breakfast nook or casual dining table makes for a forever conversation starter.
#7: Filled With Dried Flowers
Flowers come and go, but the vase is forever. Unless, of course, you fill one with dried flowers. And because the stems and leaves of flowers shrink when they dry out, you can fit more into a vase. This lends instant texture to a room.
#8: Showcased as Art
I remember first seeing a salvaged tree trunk for a coffee table base. Brilliant, I thought. I get a jolt from seeing an object’s life stretched to new limits—which is why I love seeing an empty statement vase used as an art piece. Where are the flowers? In this case, nowhere to distract from the object itself. Let the vase steal the show propped on a shelf or mantel sans blooms.
#9: Allowing the Blooms To Shine
And yes: A clear glass vase filled with bright blooms still steals the show. Place these in an area that receives a lot of traffic—i.e., the center of the kitchen or on a living room coffee table. That way, you can appreciate fresh flowers at their peak. Moments like these are fleeting—until you score a new bouquet of lilies at your farmers’ market.