A carefully selected vase will both show off your chosen flowers (whether fresh or dried arrangements) and work as a decorative piece in its own right.
Vases now often feature prominently on Instagram, sitting pride of place in the chicest of homes, with designers and makers garnering cult followings. Take ceramicist Anissa Kermiche – her viral designs, a witty and stylish take on the female form – have taken over our social media feeds in recent years and garnered her a stylish A-list fanbase, including Gigi Hadid and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Historic names are still in demand, however, not least Italian design houses Seletti and Fornasetti. The former’s pop-art inspired pieces have blown up on Instagram, with more than 130,000 tags dedicated to the brand’s head-turning offerings, while Fornasetti has found a new legion of fans for its collection of whimsical pottery (not least fashion designer Rachel Zoe).
One of our favourite new players in the vase game is a familiar one: when Henry Holland’s eponymous fashion label closed in 2020, he reset and debuted a made-to-order ceramics line. His distinctive vase collection, which only launched last November, was an instant sell-out. Luckily for you, we’ve managed to find the few out there on sale.
Best vases: our top picks
Alongside works from these designers, we’ve curated a collection of vases to suit all tastes and aesthetics. There are those irreverent, conversation-starting pieces that wouldn’t look out of place in a gallery, alongside more pared-back vessels in earthy tones where natural materials are the star of the show, as well as glass designs in a range of hues.
Here, see the Bazaar edit on the very best vases for your home.
It's hard not to adore Anissa Kermiche's instantly recognisable creations, which have spawned an array of copycat designs, but it’s her signature Love Handles vase that consistently tops wish lists. Though we love it in every colour, the terracotta is our pick: it makes for an understated look that evokes the feeling of a Mediterranean-inspired home.
Size: H31cm x W21cm x D15cm
Tortoiseshell never goes out of style and for good reason; the warm brown and amber tones look as chic on your sunglasses as they do on this striking vase. Although most florals would complement it, we think a neutral colour palette will give it a stylish finishing touch.
Size: H38cm x W20cm x D20cm
The fashion and interior worlds often blur, and no one knows this better than Henry Holland. The designer’s coveted homeware range has quickly become recognised for its distinctive silhouettes and ripple-like designs in a muted-but-striking colour palette.
For us, this elegant blue and ivory vase is a real stand-out piece that will look effortlessly chic whenever it’s placed. This version is also available in a medium size.
Seletti’s literal take on a ‘heart-shaped vase’ makes for a statement-making decorative piece. The small openings, made to resemble arteries, are just wide enough to display single stems – we think dainty gypsophila sprigs would look lovely.
Suspend this unconventional design on a wall using a slot at the back, or use its metal stand to display it on a side table or mantel. It also comes with a gift box and personalised gift card, making it an ideal present for anyone your heart belongs to.
Seletti’s limited-edition gold version is also worth a look.
Size: H25cm x W16.5cmx D9cm
Here’s another quirky Seletti vase. Reminiscent of a Russian doll, this fun design is sure to add some charm and character to your space. Once your flowers are past their best, place the removable head back on and you’ll have an idiosyncratic accessory for your home.
It’s available in five colourful variations and, quite honestly, we’re tempted to collect them all.
Italian design houses do luxe porcelain pieces very well and this vase from Ginori 1735 is a case-in-point. The Ming-inspired blue florals on a soft pink base make this a beautiful piece in its own right, while the delicate gold rim adds a touch of glamour. Just add peonies, come the season.
If the colours don’t work for your scheme, there’s a mint-green option.
Size: H25.5cm x W33cm x D23cm
With its geometric shape and deep turquoise hue, this oversized piece deserves to be shown off. We’d recommend placing it into an unsung corner of your living room or hallway, styled with some long-stemmed flowers. Try some large pampas grass for a particularly striking effect.
Right now, it’s reduced to £120 from £150.
Size: H38cm x D29cm
Italian artist Piero Fornasetti reimagined the face of opera singer Lina Cavalieri and used it on a variety of his interior designs in the 1950s, including this eccentric vase. A dreamlike depiction of Cavalieri and butterfly detailing makes for an offbeat look that’s likely to steal the spotlight in any room – whether it’s styled with flowers or not.
Silver specialist Georg Jensen is perhaps best known for its signature jewellery pieces, but it also has an impressive homeware collection. This polished stainless steel vase was created in collaboration with Danish designer Helle Damkjær, who uses flowers to inspire her sculptural works.
There are three heights in the collection – so why not save up for a trio? Luckily, they’re all currently on sale.
With a soft grey colour palette and stoneware finish, this is perfect for a rustic interior scheme. It's available in a large or small size, so you can choose between a statement piece or a petite decoration for your dressing table or a fireplace mantel. Complete the look with the matching decoration platter.
From luxury interiors brand Liang & Eimil, this vibrant vase is one of our favourites: the contrast of bold hues (aqua and hot pink) and textures (ribbed and smooth) will help to add instant impact to any room. It has a slight Art Deco feel to it, too.
Size: H36cm x W12cm x D12cm