Every room in your home should have a beautiful vase. They are one of the most versatile homeware accessories and are such a simple way to add so much more to a space. Stand-alone or with a bunch of flowers or even an all-year-round dried arrangement you can dress them as you see fit.
Vases also make the perfect gift. Whether you are looking for Mother’s Day or a housewarming present. With such a big range it can become tricky to know how to choose the right vase for you. Here’s your complete guide to help you choose a vase, covering glass and stone vases, shapes and inspo…
How do I choose a vase?
You might be thinking, but how do I choose a vase? These are the tips we would urge you to ask yourself. Who you are buying for? Whether you are buying for yourself or someone else you need to think about what you already have. Whether is it to their taste? What type of flowers do you buy? Most and most importantly, do you instantly feel drawn to it?
Secondly, this is most important when buying for yourself but what space are you buying for? The sizes of vases can hugely vary with some being grand centrepieces and some small delicate shelf accessories. You need to understand what is going to complement your space, what type of colour, and what type of material or texture. Do you want it to make a statement or be simplistic, will you keep it as part of your shelf curation or will it just be for the table when you buy flowers?
The different types of vases
There are two main materials that vases are made out of. The first is traditional stone vases that are usually glazed. These are made from clay and date back to the Egyptians when they produced clay pots on slow-turning pottery wheels. These are extremely long-lasting and often have a painted finish.
The second most common material is glass vases. Glass is made from natural raw materials (sand, soda ash and limestone) that are melted at very high temperatures to form glass. It can then be moulded into different shapes and they can use oxides to create different colours.
How do I choose a vase style?
Bottleneck vases have a narrow neck and are often taller and slender in shape. They have a long neck which is perfect for longer-stemmed flowers, pampas grass or pussy willow. It will hold the stems closely together and create a lovely addition to a corner of your home or on a shelf.