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There's nothing that brightens up a room quite like a vase of fresh flowers. Whether you're partial to roses, lilies, wild flowers, or daisies, flower arrangements are a perfect, inexpensive way to add a pop of color to any room in your house. Not to mention, there's just something so chic about flowers in a vase.


So, what's the secret to arranging the perfect vase of flowers? We've put together 10 tips to help you create an amazing floral arrangement for your home. From everyday arrangements to more formal creations, check out these tips for arranging flowers in a vase.

Fleur de lis vase

  1. Always Trim Your Stems

As you're preparing to arrange your flowers, always cut at least an inch off the bottom of the stems. A sharp knife will do the job or you could use garden shears for a nice, clean cut. Trimming will help your flowers absorb water better, especially if they'll be sitting out for awhile before you put them in a vase.

  1. Invest in a Versatile Vase

While different vases can be used to create different looks (more on that later), investing in a few practical vases is a foolproof way to always ensure you have a stylish, yet versatile vase on hand. Our Kaleidoscope Vase is a classic design that will look great displaying any flowers, in any room in your home.   

kaleidoscope vase

  1. Experiment With Different Vase Shapes

While a practical vase is an important staple to have in your collection, experimenting with different vase shapes is a great way to try your hand at different styles of arrangements. From mason jars and fish bowls to square containers and rose gold, we have a wide variety of vases to choose from here at 46 & Spruce. For more information on how to style flowers in different types of vases, we love this how-to article over at Goop.

  1. Play With Dimension

If you're working with flowers of different sizes, start by putting your larger, heavier flowers into the vase first. Then, by rotating your vase, begin to add in your medium-sized flowers and finally, your lighter pieces like baby's breath and sprigs of greenery. Make sure there's enough space between flowers for each flower head to breathe and stand out on its own.

Hadley vase

  1. Have Fun With Color

Colorful floral arrangements in a vase are fun and interesting to look at — just make sure your color choices coordinate and don't clash. The good news is, there are endless ways to play with color when arranging flowers. For example, using contrasting colors will create a bold look, while pastel hues of complementary colors will evoke a softer mood. For more advice on how to put color theory into practice, we love this helpful HGTV article on how to choose the right colors for your floral arrangements.

  1. Go Monochromatic for a Refined Look

Flowers in different shades of the same hue make a great formal centerpiece. Combine different flower types within the same color family to create a unique, textured look. With it's elegant style and unique craftsmanship, our DaVinci Vase is perfect for fancier floral arrangements for your next dinner party, holiday, or wedding.

DaVinci Vase

  1. Add Some Greenery

Greenery can make a major design impact when it comes to filling out your floral arrangements. Ivy, foxglove, alchemilla, and fern leaves are all great options to use as finishing touches. When adding greenery, think of the pieces as accents rather than the main focus of your arrangement — a little bit goes a long way.

  1. Disguise Your Stems

Especially if you're using a shorter, square-shaped or cylindrical vase, you might want to disguise your stems by lining the vase with greenery. You can do this using several techniques. One option is to wrap something long and skinny, like ivy, around the stems of your bouquet and then place the whole arrangement into a vase. Another option is to line your vase with large, flat leaves, like aspidistra, before you begin arranging your flowers. Both options create a perfectly disguised look that's sleek and stylish.

  1. Get The Right Height

Height matters when it comes to designing a tasteful floral arrangement. Roughly speaking, the height of your arrangement should be one and a half times taller than your vase. Because of it's narrow flare design, our Laguna Vase can help you create a dramatic look by using flowers with varying heights and dimensions.

  1. Change The Water

Most people forget that in order to keep flowers fresh, it's important to change the water every two days. In addition to changing the water, add some fresh flower food (or bleach, if you're out) to the vase and re-trim the ends of your flower stems if they've gone brown.


Ready to use these tips to spruce up your own space? Take a look at our extensive vase collection and choose one that will turn your house into a home. Happy arranging!

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