Accentuate furniture or create a centrepiece with beautiful vases. Equally beautiful as decorative accessories or overflowing with floral displays, a fairly traded decorative piece makes a unique gift that will be treasured for years to come. Shop traditional and modern, handmade in ceramics, metal and glass, in statement shapes and colours. These functional art pieces can be combined with our range of candle holders, rugs, table lamps and wall décor to add the finishing touches to your décor and really make a house a home.
There really is nothing nicer than filling your life with flowers. They brighten the spirits and are often used to convey words of thanks, condolence, celebration and love. And while planting urns or hanging planters full of wildflower seeds is great for outdoor spaces, vases are the perfect solution for filling indoor spaces with flowers. Most furniture can be lifted with the right flowers and thereâ€™s no reason they have to be fresh flowers either. A beautiful silk flower arrangement can be far more ethical and long-lasting, just add fragrance diffusers or candles to replace the scent.
Ethically fresh cut flowers can be a bit of a nightmare as most of the flowers in our shops are imported. The Fairtrade movement has made big strides and you can now get fair trade roses from most places meaning you at least know the growers have been paid a fair price. But thereâ€™s still the environmental impact of air miles to be considered. However, there are some amazing British flower farms with sound ethical and environmental principles so with a bit of forward planning itâ€™s still possible to enjoy fresh flowers and give them as gifts.
Top tips for choosing the perfect vessel
Tip 1: Size Matters
As a general rule, your flower stems should be no more than one and a half to two times the size of your chosen container. Equally, you donâ€™t want to dwarf the flowers.
A large floor one, for example, works well with structural flowers like delphiniums and gladioli or foliage. Think tall blossom sprigs in spring, leafy branches in summer and twigs intertwined with fairy lights in the winter. You could even create a glass terrarium or fill with rocks. Whereas smaller ones will suit shorter stemmed more delicate flowers.
Fillers can be handy if you don't quite have the perfect size, pebbles or glass beads also add to the overall look of your floral arrangements.
Tip 2: Look at the neck
As well as the height/size look at the opening. A trumpet jar, often used as towering â€˜eiffel towerâ€™ wedding centrepieces, are great for displaying flowers such as hydrangeas and structured floral displays, but chuck in a bunch of lilies and theyâ€™ll spread out all over the place, they much prefer a cylinder glass one.
Ceramic vases that are narrower at the top are much better for mixed flower bunches or roses as they support (and hide) the stems.
Whereas a bottleneck is great for showing off a few stems. The hand thrown Elemesre Clay pottery urns are perfect for this. Beautifully drip glazed, this handmade piece of ceramic art is the perfect accent for your dining room with or without flowers.
Tip 3: Match the shape to your décor or theme
A rectangular or square vessel is great for modern interiors and are great for arranging single stemmed flowers like tulips as they have room to spread out.
For rustic cottage garden charm choose a ceramic pottery jug and let flowers spill over the edge. Think sweet peas, cornflowers and giant daisies. These displays also work well for outdoor summer dining.
For elegant roses or lilies choose a long slender glass cylinder pot mirrors the shape of the flowers. A fishbowl shape filled with a tightly constructed posy is also a classic, cut the stems to the height of the pot and create a domed effect to again mirror the shape of the jar.
If you want to create a vintage display fill a selection of apothecary jars, recycled glass jars, pretty bowls or even antique Waterford crystal glasses with small posies. Intersperse with candles on a mantelpiece or dining table for a really beautiful display that also acts as a lighting feature.
3 Types of Vases you should own:
Narrow necked â€“ This is a really versatile style allowing stems to spread out while holding them neatly at the top. The Olney clay or recycled brushed aluminium tall are both good examples. Black works particularly well with white or jewel coloured flowers and can be used to create a really striking display. This shape is are also great for displaying decorative branches or twigs.
Short and round â€“ Not suitable for all flowers but look gorgeous when filled with a tight bouquet or even a big bunch of daffodils with the stems cut short. This shape is ideal for a coffee or dining table when you need to be able to see over your floral display. The Ellingen Clay one is a lovely alternative to a blown glass bowl with the added benefit that you cant see the stems. It features a textured pattern and turquoise glaze and could also double as a planter covering over any unsightly plastic pots.
Bud â€“ Small and perfectly formed they are designed to hold a single bloom or a small hand-tied posy of flowers. Display in mismatched clusters on a sideboard or coffee table or place one on your bedside table to brighten up your day. The Graduated colour glass bottles make stunning gifts or contemporary addition to your eco home.