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Ideas for decorating with vases

by Lea Cohen 05/02/2022

Vases are a popular decor item, but they tend to lose their luster after several years or just may not fit with your home decor anymore. But what if there was a new way to revive an old vase, either from your collection or found at your favorite local shop? Given their different shapes and sizes, seemingly outdated pieces, such as vases, make the perfect DIY decor canvas.

Here are three basic ways to revive your old vases, while using them as accent pieces or functional decor:

Rustic inspiration

Rustic decor has grown in popularity and ease-of-application. Where once, a home would need full architectural and interior decor facets to be considered rustic, homeowners can now incorporate the style’s elegance with a few, well-placed pieces.

For example, restore a favorite vase by adding pieces of driftwood to create a custom, rustic piece. Opaque and colorful vases may be easily complemented by a tall, slender piece of wood, while a glass vase may better utilize smaller pieces, to create a small yet visible landscape.

Lively terrariums

Flowers are often synonymous with vases. However, not all vases need to be used for flowers. In fact, vases with wider mouths and large bowls are top picks for custom terrariums. These shapes are excellent for easy plants, such as cacti and succulents. All you need is the proper soil, a good place to adhere to your plants’ needs and your ideal style.

Within minutes, you could have a perfect piece of living art for your home.

Class with glass

Glass beads are another exceptional choice for vase filling. They come in a wide range of hues, textures, sizes and designs, making them an exceptional decoration accessory for those with glass vases.

Choose your ideal color or design. Then decide how you want them to present within your vase. Do you prefer the solid accent piece? Perhaps a striped foundation of alternating designs is more your style. You could also show your style through abstract patterns or other eclectic methods.

Whether your vases need a fresh coat of paint and lacquer, or you want to find ways to upcycle a new treasure and incorporate it in a whole new design, these vase decorating ideas and styles will help you get started.

About the Author

Lea Cohen

As a Brookline native and active member of the Brookline business community, Lea brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to all her brokerage activities. After closing her previous business, the award-winning Stone's Throw Gallery, she chose real estate brokerage as an interesting and rewarding way to continue to serve her clients in the community. Lea draws upon her successes in management and training to design marketing plans for each of her listings and to shape the negotiation strategy she employs in presenting them.

Chairman of the Board of The Brookline Chamber of Commerce (www.brooklinechamber.com) from 2012 to 2014, she was proud to be named their Businessperson of the Year for 2008. Lea is also an appointed member of The Advisory Committee for the town of Brookline and has been an organizer of the annual Coolidge Corner Arts Festival (www.coolidgecornerartsfestival.com) since 1997.

The creator of ArtsBrookline, a multi-week celebration of the arts in Brookline, Lea was appointed to The Brookline Commission of the Arts in 2014.

If you would like a complimentary price analysis of your present property, Lea would be pleased to discuss with you what your home is worth in today's market. This service is a normal part of our business: you come to understand the value of your property, and we have an opportunity to present our credentials.