WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF VASES?
When it comes to adding character and personality to your home, vases are a surefire way to bring both elements to the party. Attractive in their own right, they typically double up as practical holders for flowers, or other artful additions to your home, making them twice as beautiful as they originally appear.
But which type of vase should you opt for? Well, if you are indeed planning to up your interior design with a few floral arrangements, then a flower vase will be just what you’re looking for. If you decide to go big, branching out into houseplants, then a floor vase will work well to this end.
If you are looking to make your vase a statement piece all on its own - no fuss, no hearts, no flowers (literally), and would rather let the ornament itself do the talking, then we recommend you take a look at our selection of decorative vases. We’ve many coloured designs and patterned varieties from which to choose. And a design tip from us? Make a chic feature, be it on the floor or a table, of several vases arranged together, all in differing shapes, prints and sizes. If you think of Russian dolls, then you’ll be on the right track.
WHAT MATERIALS ARE HABITAT VASES COME IN?
When it comes to choosing your vase, the material from which it is made will play a huge part in how it plays into your desired aesthetic.
If you would like something clean and contemporary, then a glass vase is ideal. Effortlessly elegant, glass vases are more useful than meets the eye. For example, have you ever thought about popping one in the freezer for a few minutes, before filling it with ice? This will ultimately transform it into an ice bucket; a chic chiller for wine or champagne at a dinner party. Decorate the table by taking a differently shaped glass vase and filling it with succulents and mosses. Go on, impress your guests.
Alternatively, if you prefer something a little more rustic or bohemian in style, then a ceramic vase might be more for you. You can opt for a traditional terracotta design, or one that comes pre-printed or patterned. You could even make it your own by painting it yourself - a block colour, or intricate design, depending on your level of artistic skill. Either way, this gives you scope to ensure your vase is the perfect fit for your own home, elevating the decor and bringing it to life. To enhance its effect, we suggest sticking a candle in the top - the more colourful the vase, the more striking the effect of the flickering flame.
Finally, don’t underestimate the beauty that can be found in the metal vase variety. Playing into the interior designer love for a touch of industrial-inspired decor, this type of vase is actually our favourite for adding flowers. The floral touch is beautifully juxtaposed with the metallic element; this allows you to bring flowers into the home, but leave any chintz firmly at the door.
WHAT VASE SUITS YOUR COLOUR SCHEME?
At Habitat we offer vases in a wide range of colours - but which one will be right for the palette in your home?
If you’re looking for a vase for flowers, then metallic options, such as copper and gold, work exceptionally well - soft flowers look stunning against metal elements. (We think it’s the contrast between sharp and soft.)
One helpful tip, is to always remember that a vase should never overpower the blooms and bouquets it holds. With this in mind, we suggest that bright flowers, such as red, yellow, green or blue, should always be married with simplistic designs such as white, black or transparent - anything with a minimalist form.
The latter is an option with which you can never go wrong. After all, with transparent vases, it’s ‘clear’ that that they will never create the wrong kind of colour clash; always working for you, your vase, and ultimately your home. What vase shape and size is best for your room?
When it comes to deciding upon size, it really depends on two things: the room in which the vase will sit, and what the vase will hold - if anything. A large or tall vase can look incredible when placed on the floor, or in the corner of a room, particularly when filled with tall branches or flowers. If you go for the former, we suggest weaving tiny fairy lights from top to bottom, ideal for creating a warm, yet elegant atmosphere come evening.
In the case of small vases, these are the perfect choice if you are looking to draw attention to certain elements of a room, such as a bedroom dressing table or sideboard in the entrance hall. Small, colourful designs are also fantastic for adding pops of colour to a dining table display - always guaranteed to get the guests talking.
As for shape, a bottleneck style is ideal for long, thin flowers or slim branches, such as blossom, magnolia or pussy willow. The narrow neck will securely support stems and branches, preventing them from flopping over. Round shapes are great for when you want to display clusters of flowers; think tulips all cosying up together to make one beautiful, colourful little ball poking out the top of your vase. Simply cut the stems short, and et voila.
Cylinder shapes are ideal for creating showstopping displays, with the cylindrical style lending itself well to working with long stemmed flowers, such as lilies and delphiniums. Arrange for one such vase to be at your next gathering, or simply employ as a welcoming sight in your entrance hallway - when you want to welcome guests, it’s always a good idea to say it with flowers.
HOW ELSE CAN YOU ACCESSORIES YOUR SPACE?
A vase often works as the pièce de résistance, subtly bringing together all the other elements of the room, from largeto soft furnishings - but sometimes it can take centre stage, particularly when it comes in the form of an eye-catching, sculptural form. In this case, we recommend further enhancing its beauty with the help of strategically placed
If your vase has certain colours in it, then it works wonders to artfully arrange other accessories around it, all in similar shades that will help the hues to really go pop.cushions and all work to this end, all coming together beautifully to help make your house a home.
Your vase may be small or large, narrow or wide, but with the right accessories it will always stand tall.