How to choose the right flowers for your vase: color, texture, shape, and size

How to choose the right flowers for your vase: color, texture, shape, and size

Getting the most aesthetic vase for your home is one thing. Whereas, purchasing flowers that look great in that vessel is another. Based on the color, texture, size, and shape of your vase, some flowers would stand out more than the rest. For instance, if your vase is extremely tiny, putting in flowers with long stems would be problematic.

Note that you could have various types of vases for specific flowers. You could suppose that one vase may suit sunflowers more than the others.

Choosing flowers for your vase: size, color, shape, and texture

So while you’re looking at the size, color, shape, and texture of the vase, you’ll have to consider the same for your flowers too. 

1. Size of the vase and flowers

Most flowers fit into any vase easily. And if they don’t, you can always cut down the stems and limit the number of flowers in the vase. So there’s no firm rule to the selection of plants. 

However, this brief guide to the size of your vase will help you with flower selection:

  • Small vase (4 to 6 inches): You could think of it as the smallest size imaginable for flower arrangement. You could add small flowers like poppies and tiny daisies by trimming down their stems. A wide flower arrangement would look lovely in this vase because of a wider opening compared to the shallow depth.

  • Medium vase (6 to 8 inches): The most versatile size in vases. You could put in small or tall flowers alike and they’ll adjust happily into the space. Avoid heavy ones such as sunflowers though, as they could bend down and topple the vessel. Due to the same issue, it’s also ideal to stay away from super tall flowers like the gladiolus.

  • Large vase (9 inches or taller): Such a vase may or may not have a wide opening, but it’ll always be tall. Flowers such as foxgloves or even tall branch extensions clipped from the backyard or a tree would look flattering in a vessel of this size.

  • Also, having long stems with extra leaves might jam the container from the inside and make it look crammed from the outside. So keep the quantity minimum!

    2. Shape of the vase and flowers

    Flowers like daisies have petals of simple shapes. On the other hand, the twirls and swirls of a rose demand more space, especially if they’re bloomed to their fullest. 

    If your vase leans toward the modern art style, you could add textural flowers like roses. The flower arrangement won’t look too busy as the simplistic craft style of the vessel would compensate.

    Most flower petals feel the same upon touching. Note that you could play around with the texture of your flower arrangement in the vase by adding complementary stems and leaves.

    3. Color of the vase and flowers

    Many flowers are available in various colors. For choosing the right tone, you could do one of the following to pick flowers for a colored vase:

    • Match and contrast the color of the flowers with the vase.
    • You could also consider the texture of your vase instead.
    • Select flowers that tone down the room. You should go with this choice if your space has bright and saturated colors.
    • Go with white flowers, as they can live up to the mood of any room. For subtle spaces with decent shades, such flowers could add to the elegance. Whereas for brighter and livelier rooms, they could harmonize the room better.

    Managing flowers in a vase

    Flower arrangement itself is a form of art. Along with that, you would need to look after the flowers too. Make sure to change the water regularly, especially when you notice a pungent smell. You can keep your flowers fresh by occasionally misting them. Keep the number small 


    Almost all flowers can fit into any vase. Firstly, consider the size of the vase and compare it to the floral arrangement you have in mind. For small vases, a wider neck with horizontally scattered small flowers works the best. With medium and taller ones, you could choose tall flowers and even branches or tall grass from the garden and trees in your backyard. The shape and the color of the vase and flowers can also complement each other, along with the atmosphere of the room. 
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