Vases are the easiest way to dress up dining tables that see everyday use, as they needn’t take up lots of space. With a little thought, they can enhance any size of table, from a small square one to a long, formal table designed to seat twelve.
When choosing a vase, think about how you’ll echo the proportions of your table. Long, rectangular or square tables can take any vase shape, but curved shapes feel more natural on a round table. Consider scale – too small and it’ll seem like the vase has been marooned on an empty surface, too large and it’ll overwhelm (not to mention being impractical at mealtimes).
On tables that only get occasional use, you can get away with larger clusters of vases. Try arranging some small ones around a central statement piece on a round table, or place them in a row to accentuate the shape of a long design – such as the simple display of Castleford vases in the last picture. Varying the heights and sizes of your vases helps to create a soft, elegant look – if they were all the same size, it would just look too stiff.
You can add branches or flowers to your vases – one or two stems can be striking – but really, the idea is that they look just as good empty.