How To Decorate With Vases

You can never have too many vases in your home. They are both a useful and decorative item. Vases are more than just vessels to put flowers in.

Vases have traditionally held fresh or silk flower arrangements. Use one as a centerpiece for your dining room table. Choose another for an accent on a foyer or side table. A vase will add interest and elegance to any space.

Vases come in many styles, sizes, shapes and materials. This dictates how the container is to be used. For example, ceramic or pottery vases are great as planters for use inside and outside your home. A sparkly mosaic vase will decorate a table. A crystal vase will give a more formal look to a space.

A vase can also be used as a decorative accent piece in your home. They are available in many shapes and sizes. These range from simple, petite, tapered containers to large rectangular vessels, square planters or free form shaped glass or pottery. A container's shape and size will determine if it will make a statement as a stand-alone piece or be used in a collection. Use a colorful vase as part of a grouping to add interest to a space or to highlight a specific color in a space.

To achieve the best design results, match the style of vase with the style in the space you are going to place it in. A rustic terracotta planter would look out of place in a modern space filled with glass, mirrors and stainless steel. Similarly, a dainty crystal bud vase would look out of place on a large rough-hewn wood table. In addition, a stone vessel would work outside while a mirrored vase would not.

The size of a vase also plays a part in how it is used. A small narrow bud vase is perfect for a single red rose, while a large cut glass vase can accommodate a dozen roses. In addition, a large uneven shaped vase can be used as a focal point on your entry table, while several similar small vases would make a nice collection to display together on a shelf. Add a large planter vase to your living room to bring a plant or small tree to the space or to add some flowers to your front porch.

There are many uses for vases inside and outside your home. Overall, the size, shape and material of a vase will determine the best use for the piece. In short, vases are a wonderful decorating tool to bring color, nature and interest to a space.