Vases are a great and easy way to add a touch of grown-up elegance to any space. With a myriad of shapes, sizes, and designs to choose from, you’re sure to find a piece or two that fits the design aesthetic of your home or office.
Flowers, on the other hand, may or may not fit the look you’re going for. Floral arrangements are the most common go-to for vase decor, but they’re not for all lifestyles. Fresh flower arrangements can be expensive in terms of upkeep and may not work well if both space and time are limited. Fake flowers are cheap, but… let’s face it, they look it too. At the end of the day, some people just don’t like the look of a large bouquet, and that’s perfectly okay too!
If you still want to use vases around your home but aren’t so into the look of flowers, we’ve got you covered. We have a list of seven ideas that you can use as alternatives for your vase fillers. Check them out!
1. A Singular Green Leaf
Make a strong minimalist statement! Instead of the usual bouquet of colors, try a very simple green leaf. This works best with vases that are opaque since the vase’s base color provides a nicely dramatic contrast with the bright green of your chosen leaf. For this look, you also have the option to use fresh or artificial, either works great!
Shop Above: Sleek Gold Flower Vase
2. Balls of Yarn
Balls of yarn or twine make for a very charmingly rustic display. You can display them as they are or use them to hold plants up. You can also create your own yarn or twine balls very easily, so you can have different sizes depending on your vase.
Source: One Mile Home Style
3. Wine Corks
You’ve probably collected a bunch of these from dinner parties and girls nights, so make good use of them! Corks are fun to display in vases and can be quite the conversation piece.
Source: Rustic Crafts
4. Twigs or Branches
Instead of a full arrangement of cut flowers, do the opposite of what's expected try using just twigs or branches. Flowering branches work just as well as bare ones, depending on the vase you have and the kind of look you’re going for. Best of all, you can just pick these up for free in your park or backyard!
Shop Above: Marble Vase
5. Coffee Beans
Who knew the humble bean could be so fancy? You can actually go with your regular coffee beans as they are, place a Hexagon Candle in Café Latte on top of it for that true coffee shop vibe. However, if you’re feeling a little crafty and colorful, you can actually paint your beans into whatever your color fits your space! All you need are an open space and some cans of spray paint. This also works with whatever bean you have on hand, but we find the shape and texture of coffee beans to be the most charming.
Source: Something Turquoise
6. Paper Pages
This works best if you have any monochrome pages – not colorful magazine ones! – lying around. Don’t tear up a perfectly good book, though, find an old, tattered one perfect for crafting. If you opt for this, take some time to personalize it and make it uniquely you! Hunt down a secondhand copy of your favorite book, for example. If you’re a music lover, find the sheet music of your favorite song. Get creative with how you arrange your paper strips!
Source: Keep It Simple, Sister
7. Just Your Vase
Yep, you read that right! If your vase is eye-catching enough, you don't even need fillers! You can definitely get away with displaying just that. For this look to work, find a vase with an interesting color or finish. Try using multiple smaller vases as opposed to one big vase for this, it makes for a more striking look as a group.
Shop Above: Low Poly Vase
All of these are chic, unique, and can be done for cheap, so feel free to switch them out as often as you’d like. You can also shop for already interesting vases and planters on Embla Home for more ideas and inspiration. Use the promo code VASES10 for a 10% discount on all vases and planters to get you started. Have fun!