Best vases of 2024: tips from a floral arranging expert

The best vases are an essential for displaying flowers, fresh or faux. I'm a florist and these are the styles I recommend for every bloom, room, and mood.

Best vases: Sanibel White vase collection in a range of sizes
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The best vases, bursting with bouquets, set the tone for your home. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and materials, with one to suit every bloom and room. There's almost too much choice, but you're in luck, because I'm a trained florist and I've found the best.

Every room should have flowers in. Fresh or faux, (but let's be real, preferably fresh) they elevate the look and feel of any space. However, choosing the right vase for your cut flowers is an art. A tall, slim vase is perfect for sunflowers, but if you've got delicate buds, you'll want something shorter.

Rachel Bull, Head of Gardens at Homes & Gardens, says that 'it's a great idea to have a wide range of vases and vessels at the ready, because some flowers, such as tulips, will change, evolve, and grow over time'. There are plenty of versatile vases on the market, but if you're looking for carefully cultivated interiors, you'll want to consider investing in a range of vessels.

Whether you're looking for tips on how to decorate your home with vases or adding to your ever growing vase collection, there are plenty styles you won't want to miss.

Best vases 2024

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Which vases are trending?

People love metal vases at the moment, especially in bent, twisted, or organic shapes. They are eye catching and the perfect meeting point of organic and industrial styles. However, when you're buying vases, I would always go for a style that you like rather than following a movement. You'll keep your vase for much longer than a trending moment.

What is the best vase for real flowers?

If you have fresh cut flowers, your priority will need to be a waterproof vase. To keep your flowers looking fresh, they need to sit in fresh water. Generally, cylinder vases are the best for this, because they hold water well and can give extra support to stems. However, as you've seen, there are plenty of other options.

How do I choose the right vase for my flowers?

You're in luck. Our Head of Gardens, Rachel Bull, has written a whole article on this. She suggests looking at proportions, colors, textures, and which containers you already have. If you want to know all the details, you can read her expert guide here.

Final thoughts

Marloe Marloe vase with lemons and oranges in

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I cannot emphasise enough how important vases are in your home. They don't have to be elaborate (although a few statement styles won't hurt), but they do need to suit your flowers. All of these options are suitable for fresh or dried flowers. If you're better at taking care of faux or dried flowers, there's no shame in filling your home with flower look alikes.

With a house full of florals and vases, you'll feel lighter, brighter, and more like the bouquets you've carefully bought, arranged, and trimmed. If you need help arranging dried flowers, we've got expert advice to ensure you achieve petal perfection too.

How we test

Parkham vase

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At Homes & Gardens  we like to test everything in person before we recommend them to you. Whilst we weren't able to get flowers in all of these vases, our expert, Laura does own a couple of them herself. Where we didn't have in-person experience, we thoroughly researched reviews from experts and customers, so we knew everything you would need to. If there's any pressing issues or stand-out features, we'll tell you about it. If you'd like to know more, you can visit our dedicated how we test page.

Laura Honey
eCommerce Editor

Laura is our eCommerce editor. As a fully qualified barista, she's our expert in all things coffee and has tested over thirty of the best coffee makers on the market. She has also interviewed Q-Graders and world-leading experts in the coffee industry, so has an intimate knowledge of all things coffee. Before joining Homes & Gardens, she studied English at Oxford University. Whilst studying, she trained as a master perfumer and worked in the luxury fragrance industry for five years. Her collection of home fragrance is extensive and she's met and interviewed five of the world's finest perfumers (also known as 'noses'). As a result of this expansive fragrance knowledge, she always puts quality and style over quantity and fads. Laura looks for products which have been designed simply and with thoughtful finishes.