In What It's Worth, I investigate why an everyday household item is worth buying...and what to look for when shopping for that very item. This week, I'm honing in on vases.
Let's face it, with the plethora of flower vases out in the marketplace, just looking at all the different options is overwhelming and enough to discourage anyone from buying one. But as daunting as it may seem, taking the time to consider the type of vase you want has huge payoffs. While most people think that the flowers in the vase should be the focal point, a good vase can dramatically enhance the look and color of an arrangement. Here are a few pointers when shopping for a vase.
A glass vase is a classic for a reason: it looks elegant on its own and can instantly make any bouquet look stylish. The downside? The stems and grungy water (if you don't care for it enough) will be there for all to see.
Keep the shape and height for glass vases in mind. If you frequently opt for roses, large arrangements, or full flowers, then a curvy or round vase will balance the fullness nicely. Tall cylindrical glass vases and square ones require flowers with more stems to achieve a full look. An exception would be architectural flowers like orchids, which can be framed beautifully from stem to bloom in a square glass vase.
You'll find equally eye-catching options with ceramic and metal vases, but what they can provide is great tonal contrast, which glass can't. Another plus to ceramic and metal vases is that they conceal the murky water and unsightly stems and roots that are better off hidden.
Most ceramic vases are good for the everyday but shiny metal ones, which often come in bud-size, are better suited for smaller blooms and softer palettes for balance in proportion and color. And speaking of bud vases, if you find yourself pondering over one, make sure the opening isn't so narrow that even a toothpick-thin stem can't fit through it.
Its name might be misleading, but this Bud glass vase has a classic silhouette that makes it elegant all on its own.
The color and geometric shape of these Somrig vases definitely stand out, which means that their design will probably overshadow smaller, more delicate blooms and pastel-color flowers.
These Pure White ceramic vases and their range of shapes and sizes make them perfect for everyday use.
This 3-Piece Cooper vase set made of shiny brushed stainless steel provides great contrast in color and texture to any flower it holds.
Although it might not be your go-to vase for most flowers, this Gold Patina terra-cotta vase has a rustic appeal that makes it perfect for larger, fuller blooms in vivid colors.
We love the smooth gourd-like shape of this gorgeous Capuchine Large Gourd vase, but the narrow opening (and price point) limits it to certain flowers...and occasions.
Beautiful things that we can't have we can at least admire from afar, like this Woodville Estuary cut-crystal vase which has a classic trumpet shape. If it weren't for its high price tag, it would be our failsafe vase for most (not all) flowers.
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