There is always a special meaning behind every flower. Each one speaks a language of its own, so it’s inadvertent that you select the perfect vases to complement them – especially when you’re designing a bouquet.
Vases are an important part of flower displays and there are so many shapes, styles, and materials available in the market. It can be overwhelming and confusing to pick the right one for your arrangement and to match your home decor. Here’s a handy guide on how you can choose the perfect vase shape for your flowers.
Choosing the right shape – How to choose the right shape
Here are some tips for choosing the right shape for your vase according to the flowers that you want to feature in them:
1. Complementing the shape
The most common and easiest way to pick the right shape of vase for your flower arrangement is by picking one that complements the shape of your arrangement. For example, if you’ve got a bunch of long-stemmed freesias, gladiolas, scented lilies and roses, then its best to arrange them in a wide-mouthed vase that lets that tall stems splay naturally around the rim. Such vases are usually very tall, so they really complement the arrangement of long-stemmed flowers as a whole.
2. Plain for the bright, brimming blooms
The thing with bright, beautiful exotic flowers that follow a natural silhouette is that they need a container that lets them shine. Therefore, the recommended vase of such arrangements usually consists of plain porcelain pots and jugs. They should be white in color, so that they actually act as a canvas for the bright blooming flowers, which may consist of billowing petals, baby’s breath, dahlias, and the like.
3. Small and plump
If your ideal flower arrangement consists of short, compact blooms that aren’t tall or billowing, then the best vase for them is short, round, and plump. Ideally, it should be made out of glass so that you can embellish the overall look with other accessories such as pearls, lace, etc. Note that the proportion of your arrangement should complement the diameter of the vase and shouldn’t explode past the circumference of the container.
4. Tall and slim for the prim
If you’re a minimalist at heart who doesn’t appreciate oversized flower arrangements, then you’ll really love the concept of single-stem vases. They are literally shaped like test-tubes and are typically suspended in artistic sculptures to leech away that chem-lab vibe. They are specifically designed to hold no more than two or three stems at a time. They’re perfect for featuring a simple rose.
5. Modern and cylindrical for the tall ones
Another really popular vase choice for tall flowers such as Calla Lilies, freesias, tulips, and even faux grass is long cylindrical containers. If they’re made out of clear glass, then that’s all the more better because then you’ll get to highlight the natural shape of the stems that have been arranged inside it. As for the size of such a vase, it should be at least half the size of the total length of the flowers that you’re planning to put inside it.
6. Plump at the base for autumnal dry arrangements
Dry and autumn themed arrangements look the best in narrow-necked vases with wide, blown and plump bases. This gives you the opportunity to tie up the stems nicely in the middle so that the top half can boast all its rust, tan, and wheat colored flair. Such containers can either be made out of glass or may be ceramic and solid. It depends on whether you want to hide the stems or showcase them.
7. Cottagecore mason jar aesthetics
Mason jars are the most easily available type of vase for most homeowners and they’ve got a very homely, down-to-earth, cottagecore appeal. They look the best when they’re outfitted with bold, short-stemmed blooms with foliage brimming at the sides and a few buds to accentuate the top. Make sure that the fall of your arrangement looks very natural. It will make the whole look and feel artfully chaotic.
8. Shapely contrast with round containers
Lastly, we have the round vase shape. Since the vase itself is very organic and bubbly, it’s best that you contrast it with long-stemmed arrangements. This type of a container usually goes really well with decorative cherry blossom branches and other tall-stemmed arrangements. It should be fashioned out of glass to get that optimal contemporary-meets-seasonal aesthetic.
Exploring the different materials for vases: Picking the right material
Here’re some of the most popular vase materials and what they entail:
Glass vases are the most commonly available and least expensive option these days. They come in many unique styles and give off that sleek, modern appeal. The one downside that they have is that you need to regularly clean them; otherwise they look dirty and splotchy.
We’re not talking Baccarat here, but crystal vases are still pretty expensive. They have a certain romance about them, but they’re also quite delicate. If not handled with care, they can easy break. Just like with glass vases, you also need to clean these out regularly and trim the stems of your arrangement to keep them looking fresh.
Metal is a sturdy material and vases made out of it lean on that stylish modern-contemporary side. They come in many trendy designs and shapes, so you can easily find one that complements your interior aesthetic. They’re also the best choice if you have energetic children and pets at home. You don’t have to worry about breakage and children’s safety.
Wooden vases lean on the contemporary side and come in many shapes, be it asymmetric, geometric, or smooth and round. They’re very durable and have an understated rustic appeal. They definitely make good statement pieces and many of them also have that Zen, minimalist vibe. The one thing to consider when buying wooden vases is that they should be waterproof. Alternately, you can only use them to feature dry arrangements.
5. Stainless steel
Stainless steel vases have a very futuristic look. They’re shiny and come in many sculptural shapes that can act as conversation starters with awkward guests. The great thing about stainless steel is that it doesn’t rust, so you won’t have to worry about your vase corroding from water.
6. Plastic or Acrylic
Low Surface Plastic vases are a great way to ensure that your vase never breaks. Such vases come in fun, quirky designs that are perfect for adding an eclectic focal point to most interior designs.
Clay and ceramic vases have that old-school cottage-chic appeal they’re usually molded into beautiful organic shapes that look even prettier with a complementary flower arrangement. They can be delicate, so it’s best to keep them away from children and pets.
Exploring different vase aesthetics: Picking the right style
Geometric vases have a sleek, modern charm that can complement austere and minimalist interior designs to perfection. From polygonal shapes to sleek metal sculptures, you can find a variety of designs.
There are two types of antique vase aesthetics – one that mimics the eastern porcelain style and the other one that mimics the Victorian style with gilded edges and detailed arabesque and floral designs. You pick the eastern style when you’re designing Zen and minimalist spaces, while the western ones complement frou-frou classical interiors more.
Vintage vases have that old-world appeal. Some have classic free flowing shapes from the hippie 60s era while others are more glossy and straight-laced a la 90s. You pick these when you want to make a retro statement. Dimpled vases are a good example, they have that retro and vintage appeal and still have clean lines that are timeless and work well with any interior
So, this is everything that you need to know about vases and how to pick the perfect one for your flower arrangement!