How Do I Choose the Best Small Vase?

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Before you select a small vase, consider what purpose you'll be using it for. If you simply require a small vase to fill an empty spot on an end table, nightstand, or desk, any inexpensive piece might suit your needs. A small glass decorative vase can be purchased at low cost from a variety store. If you prefer a more ornate and delicate piece, you might find some fine crystal vases at a specialty store. You can use a small vase to hold flowers, but ideally you'll need a long and slender piece or one that is extra wide.

If you require a glass or crystal vase in a smaller size, consider a square or rectangular shape for holding an arrangement of flowers. This shape will prevent the flowers from toppling over easily. If your vase is rounded, your flowers may appear droopy.

A small crystal vase will add a touch of sparkle and elegance to your table top or desk. Various designs of crystal can decorate even the most simple arrangement or desktop. A colored crystal vase can dress up a plain white linen tablecloth or brighten an otherwise drab desktop.


When you have a large arrangement of flowers to display but no room for a large vase, choose a small vase with a wide, flared top. This type of vase may be short, but the width makes it practical for flowers with short stems. A fish-bowl-type of vase may also work for short-stemmed flowers. On the other hand, if you want to display a few long-stemmed roses, a slender and tall vase would be more suitable.

With some creativity and thought, your small vase can also match your decor. If you want to place the vase on a white laminate table, you might want to choose a coordinating white vase. The vase can have a modern or art deco motif, or be more traditional. There are many other creative designs to choose from. Let your imagination be your guide and select a small vase that reflects your personality.

If you want a small vase that is out of the ordinary, companies create custom-made vases in all styles and designs imaginable. If you own a boutique or simply love to shop, you could choose a vase that is designed in the shape of a paper bag. For relaxation or ambiance, you could choose a water-fountain vase. Perhaps you'd prefer a nature-inspired vase that is designed like a tree or plant. Whatever unique design you choose, your small vase can be functional while adding a touch of individuality and flair.


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