The most basic vases are so useful - they keep the focus on the flowers, but the shape of the vase determines the look of the bouquet. I love this tall, simple vase. It's like a chameleon - perfect with either casual or elaborate flowers.
Also clear, comparing this vase to the one above is a great study in how shape matters. I love the look of a wide-mouthed vase stuffed with stems, with the blooms tightly clustered at the top.
This vase, built into a bathroom wall, is a cool architectural element in its own right. I love the idea of a built-in vase, too. It suggests that the look of a room can always change, depending on what's in the vase. This one, though, is definitely cool enough to stand on its own.
The tiny detail of this vase - that it settles into the tabletop and is visible from underneath - is so creative and cool. It's subtle, but intriguing.
I love the look of a bunch of vases and other trinkets, of all shapes and colors and sizes, interspersed with books on shelves. It reinforces the notion that vases can be art in their own right, and don't need to be relegated to a closet when they're not filled with flowers.
In fact, some vases are best not filled with flowers. This one is so dramatic on its own that I almost can't imagine it with anything inside.
White vases are so pretty and simple. I love them in this bath - they add to the feeling of cleanliness and simplicity.
Black vases are also striking. They've got a modern, bold feel that's an interesting match for the warm wood of this room.