8 of the best flower vases to brighten up your room

From gold-dipped glass vases to hand-crafted English earthenware, we’ve collated our list of the best vases in the shops right now — whether you like leggy lilies or petite posies, there’s something here for all

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The mantelpiece, the hallway table, the dining room — we’re firmly of the opinion that there’s not a single surface that can’t be improved by the addition of a well-chosen vase. But unfortunately the “well-chosen” part is where it can get a little bit tricky, as even if you’re completely taken with a vase in the shop, the reality when you get it home can be disappointing: too big, too small, too garish, not garish enough, or just completely the wrong colour.

So we’ve rounded up our list of the very best vases in the shops right now, the ones that are great for gifting and for keeping, that blend right in or light up the room, ones in glass, ones in gold, and even some in reeds. We’ve also listed the dimensions of each vase and what we think it’s best for, so that you can have a think about where it’ll be most at home before heading to the checkout.

Don’t have the budget for fresh flowers every week? Not to worry. A vase can make a wonderful vessel for all manner of things, from artificial flowers to foliage, twigs to glass pebbles, or even nothing at all, as some of the vases on our list make a statement perfectly well by themselves. We’ve made a few suggestions of our own, so keep reading for a healthy dose of decorating inspiration.

1. Poole Pottery Celestial Bud Vase

Fill this petite pottery vase with your favourite late-summer sweet peas

Specifications
Best for: Posies and cuttings
Colour: Grey/blue
Material: Earthenware clay
Dimensions: H12cm
Reasons to buy
+Hand-cast in Dorset +Beautiful galaxy effect 
Reasons to avoid
-On the expensive side 

This galaxy-effect vase brings a hint of the celestial to any surface. While squarely on-trend, its palette is timeless enough that it won’t lose any longevity because of it. Although it might at first seem pricey for a bud vase, hand-cast on the Dorset coast and glazed in numerous layers which continue to develop over time, it’s more than worth the outlay for such a unique piece. It’s that premium build, and the beautiful evolving effect it gives, that earns it our top spot. 

2. Gray & Willow Solomon Slim Cylinder Vase

House taller stems in style with this textured glass vase

Specifications
Best for: Longer stems
Colour: Colourless
Material: Glass
Dimensions: H33 x W10cm
Reasons to buy
+Subtle minimal design +Tall and slim for long-stemmed flowers 
Reasons to avoid
-Bubble glass isn’t for everyone 

This tall bubble glass vase is low-key enough to fit nicely into any room scheme, yet textured enough to add interest, a great option if you’re in the habit of frequently changing your decor with the season (or a favourite new trend). Taller and slimmer than your average, it would be just right as a standalone piece, a home for a few dramatic, long-stemmed blooms, or in a grouping of squatter vases for a statement-making centerpiece.

3. Marks & Spencer Short Hammered Vase

An artisanal-look vase at a high street price - don’t worry, we won’t tell...

Specifications
Best for: Unique statement piece
Colour: Gold
Material: Metal
Dimensions: H23 x D21.5cm
Reasons to buy
+Unusual hammered design +High-end look 
Reasons to avoid
-On the large side 

The hammered design and deep metallic shade of this beautiful vase makes it look far more expensive than it actually is, and it’s sure to be a conversation starter, with visitors asking which far-flung land you picked it up from (only you need know it’s from the local M&S). Its extreme curves give it a touch of the artisanal that we really love, and the textured design adds tons of interest to any end table or console. Some reviewers commented that this lovely vase was larger than they expected, which is great in terms of value for money, but something to bear in mind if you’re shopping for an extra-small surface. 

4. Poole Pottery Aura Manhattan Vase

This handcrafted statement vase will be a beloved addition to the dining room table

Specifications
Best for: A centrepiece
Colour: Black/multi
Material: Earthenware clay
Dimensions: H36cm
Reasons to buy
+Beautifully presented investment piece +Dramatic design with easy-to-match neutrals 
Reasons to avoid
-Rather expensive 

It says a lot about the premium quality of Poole Pottery that this is its second appearance in our top five, but you can see it for yourself in this beautifully finished statement vase. Pop it in the middle of the dining table as a centrepiece, or on a console table in an entranceway so that you can enjoy it every day. Like our first pick, it’s dramatic enough to stand alone, but the inclusion of soft neutrals stop it being fussy. A great investment piece. 

5. Set of 2 Medium Sized Arrow Weave Vases with Square Base

This twin-set of woven vases will double your design points for a well-dressed hallway

Specifications
Best for: Artificial flowers
Colour: Tan
Material: Water hyacinth/metal (frame)
Dimensions: L30/22 x W30/22 x H95/52cm
Reasons to buy
+Fits into a number of schemes +Great value for a pack of two 
Reasons to avoid
-Can’t use with water 

This set of two woven basket vases is everything you need for a statement-making hallway setup. The grouping gives you instant design kudos, while the woven finish looks great in Nautical, Scandi or Eastern-inspired themes, making these vases terrifically versatile. Of course, due to their rustic woven design, you can’t fill them with water and fresh flowers, but they’d look terrific filled with slender reeds or strands of twisted willow.

6. Marquis & Dawe Gold Dipped Glass Vase

A curvy glass vase with just a touch of glamorous gold

Specifications
Best for: A hint of glamour
Colour: Gold
Material: Glass
Dimensions: H17cm
Reasons to buy
+Just the right amount of gilding +Lovely oval shape 
Reasons to avoid
-On the smaller side 

If you’re after just a hint of bling, but nothing too ostentatious, this gold-dipped vase ticks all the boxes. A glitzy take on the ubiquitous colour-blocking trend, it manages to be at once laid-back and glamorous, a combo we’re hugely in favour of here at Real Homes. Recipients of this vase said it was just as beautiful and individual in person as on screen, however some noted that it was smaller than they anticipated, so be sure to check the dimensions above to see if it’ll suit your space.

7. Dartington Crystal Florabundance Bouquet Array Vase

A classic crystal vase that makes an always-appreciated gift

Specifications
Best for: Traditional design
Colour: Colourless
Material: Crystal glass
Dimensions: H23cm
Reasons to buy
+Timeless design from a trusted brand +Fine, clear, high-quality crystal 
Reasons to avoid
-Not the most standout design 

The beautifully classic design of this Dartington Crystal vase makes it an exceptionally good gift for weddings, parents’ anniversaries, and all manner of other occasions when you’d like to give a generous gift without breaking the bank. The fine crystal is subtly pleated and fluted at the top for a hint of interest, and like all things Dartington, is built to last. Plus, the timeless look ensures it’ll never go out of style. An all-round winner for gifting or keeping for yourself. 

8. Gray & Willow Marble Vase

An accessible, affordable, yet premium-looking marble vase

Specifications
Best for: Trendsetters
Colour: White/grey pattern
Material: Glass
Dimensions: H32 x W18cm
Reasons to buy
+Affordable take on the marble trend +Modern slender-necked design 
Reasons to avoid
-Can’t fit much in 

The Classical World might have had the biggest penchant for marble, but in the world of interiors right now, it’s nothing if not contemporary. This marble vase from Gray & Willow is a beautiful take on the trend, crafted from opaque white glass with an all-over grey crackle effect that could almost pass for the real thing, and a heavy-bottomed, slender-necked design that would look gorgeous with just a few sparse blooms protruding from the top. Also, it’s very affordable - what’s not to love?