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Size, texture, mouthpiece

In interior design, as with so many things, it's the little details that make all the difference. In fact, it's it is the accumulation of these details that make a decor stand out. Either by underlining a narrative thread in the house. Or by adding a touch of color to create coherence in a room. Or by adding an organic touch to warm the room up.

And it's for all these reasons that I love vases.

They create a focal point and draw the eye to a particular area of a room or a decorative element. They also come in a wide range of styles, with more minimalist and contemporary looks, or more rustic one, to enhance an aesthetic style. And embellished with flowers or branches, they become a wonderful way of bringing a touch of nature to an interior.

All this for only a small price.

So I'm going to share with you three tricks designers use to create a maximum impact with vases. And show you some of the most interesting ways of using them in your home.

Every vase has its purpose

In my last article, I talked to you about the art of composition. In interior design, just like in art, there are rules that, once applied, catch the eye. And these rules also apply when choosing flowers for a vase. What we want is to create a beautiful proportion between the different elements. For example, if you have small vases, I suggest you use small flowers and limit yourself to one or two flowers per vase. This will respect the smallness of the receptacle and emphasize its delicate shape. If your vase is medium-sized, know that these are the most versatile vases to have at home. The only rule is to choose a size of flowers or greenery that won't unbalance it. Large vases, on the other hand, deserve sculptural plants such as branches that will take up space and create a beautiful balance between the two elements. In fact, I find there's no better way to highlight the different seasons than to place branches with pretty leaves or flowers in large vases. It's a great way to bring the immense pleasure of seeing trees adorned with new colors into the home. If you don't have access to branches, artificial plants are now so realistic that they create a perfect trompe-l'œil.

Playing with contrasts and repetitions

As with all decorative accessories, vases are a great way to accentuate colors in a space. But since you can add a second decorative element inside the vase, you can really play with colors and textures to create contrasts or an interesting repeating effect. For example, if you have a living room whose accent color is green. You could add a vase on a side table in shades of green, and inside, branches with little red flower buds. As green and red are complementary colors, they will create a very dynamic duo that will inject a lot of personality into your space. Perfect for a room like the living room. On the other hand, if you prefer calm, monochromatic interiors - ideal for rooms like the bedroom or bathroom - a stoneware vase with a bouquet of dried limonium flowers will create a sophisticated, soothing effect.

Texture is another element that can be played with to add depth and visual interest to the space. Whether glass, ceramic, wood or metal vases, they will add interesting texture to the space. These textures can then be played with to create contrast, depending on the type of flower or branch you put in them. For example, putting silk flowers in a metal vase can really create a striking juxtaposition between a modern material and the soft romance of the fabric. Or putting small flower buds in a more massive terracotta vase. It's these kinds of small details that will make your decor intentional and oh so captivating.

Have fun

I always say it, but it's true: when decorating your home, don't forget to have fun by allowing yourself to experiment. And vases offer an excellent opportunity to showcase your creativity and personality. With their different shapes, textures and colors, it's easy to create visually appealing compositions that will catch the eye. So, by combining vases made of different materials or of different heights on a shelf, bookcase or console, you add a lot of dimension to the space. But as always, don't forget to have a unifying element, whether in color or form. This prevents the whole thing from looking like a hodgepodge of things lumped together.

Another idea for experimenting with vases in decoration? Create a visual and sensory experience for your guests by integrating scented elements. For example, lighting candles with fragrant scents such as lavender, jasmine or eucalyptus in a room featuring a lovely vase of flowers will create a harmonious olfactory experience that enhances the visual aesthetics of the decor. Which will truly create an unforgettable experience for your guests. And why not repeat the experience in your bathroom? The perfect way to completely disconnect from the day-to-day and unwind.

Vases are often relegated to their utilitarian function. However, they can really be the centerpiece of any decor. Especially if you know how to make the most of the wide range of decorative options they offer. No wonder they're considered by many to be the quintessential design object!


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