It’s no secret. My all-time favorite home decor accessory is the classic and timeless ginger jar. Why do I love them so much? Ginger jars are one of the most versatile decor pieces you can own. Trust me on this. And they’re beautiful, of course! Today I’m sharing many fabulous ideas for decorating with ginger jars and how I love to style them in our home.
How do you display ginger jars? There are so many different ways! Today I’m pulling from the CitrineLiving archives – and sharing tons of photos. Using beautiful florals, creating a stunning centerpiece, styling bookshelves, making a statement in a large grouping or a symmetrical display, I love to style them in so many ways…the possibilities are endless.
I promise, you’ll be inspired and won’t ever wonder what to do with your ginger jars again.
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STYLING BOOKSHELVES WITH GINGER JARS
I’m starting off today’s post, decorating with ginger jars on bookshelves, since this is one of my regular uses for my extensive collection.
I’ve been collecting ginger jars for about fifteen years, all inspired by my childhood and my beautiful Mama’s love for blue and white.
She taught me everything I know about style and decorating. She will always be my biggest inspiration.
My ginger jar collection is made up of unique finds from yard sales, vintage stores, one-off discounted pieces, HomeSense, Chinatown scores and gorgeous hand-made jars from Lo Home and Cailini Coastal.
My home office and living room both have builtin shelves that are quite dominate in the space, and they’re the perfect way to showcase my favorite jars.
Mixing up the accessories is key to decorating with ginger jars on on your shelves – use books, baskets, beautiful objects, frames, boxes – anything you truly love – to work into your display.
Why not frame some ginger jar art? If you don’t have any ginger jars yet to decorate with (but trust me, you want some!), this is a great way to introduce them into your decor.
When you’re decorating with ginger jars, try and add some vibrant color to your bookshelves for a beautiful seasonal statement.
DECORATING WITH GINGER JARS USING SYMMETRY
A classic design element dating back centuries, symmetry is one of the most simple and eye-pleasing ways to decorate any space.
I always use symmetrical displays around our home, and I love to pair ginger jars with other pieces to do so.
Our kitchen’s open shelving often get’s a symmetrical display of ginger jars.
I love to use them with seasonal decor pieces along with my favorite kitchen decor pieces, like cake stands, trays, my white soup tureen and my Mama’s Royal Copenhagen blue and white platter.
You can use symmetry to decorate with ginger jars using platters, framed art (more ginger jars!), dishes and apothecary jars as well.
Anything your heart desires…I love to try different things to see what works.
Using symmetry and ginger jars is often a staple on our entryway console as well.
Use your ginger jars as a pair to flank a pretty arrangement, or use one in the center of your symmetrical vignette.
Try using a pair of ginger jars to flank your kitchen sink or stove, or style one large ginger jar on your stove and flank it with a beautiful floral arrangement on either side for a gorgeous look.
Whether styled on shelves, tables, flanking your sink or stove (another go-to for me), you can always set a classic seen decorating with ginger jars using a symmetrical display.
USING GINGER JARS TO CREATE A BEAUTIFUL CENTERPIECE
Indoors or out, using ginger jars as a centerpiece is always a showstopper, whether your jar plays the starring role, or a supporting role, I love to create a beautiful table setting with ginger jars.
Create a stunning look with colorful carnations in complimentary colors to a blue and white ginger jar, and style it with fresh fruit in the same color palette for something beautiful and unexpected!
In our dining room last fall, I created this beachy-chic tablescape using my oversized ginger jar with ivory-toned hydrangeas and peonies…so romantic!
Use ginger jars to flank a large lantern or a pretty, fresh-cut floral arrangement to welcome guests at your al fresco dining table.
Looking for outdoor inspiration? Head to our patio update!
STYLING GINGER JARS ON A TRAY
Styling ginger jars on a tray never gets old, and it’s always one of my staples around our home.
I love to corral my favorite home decor pieces together on a tray to tell a story.
A monochromatic vignette in blue and white using ginger jars, bowls, plates and other pretties certainly paints a beautiful picture here.
Read more on different ways to style a coffee table and get inspired!
I often use coral, decorative boxes, design books and pretty objects that I love, or that I’ve collected, to style alongside my ginger jars on our living room ottoman.
Below, I used a gorgeous green ginger jar for a chic, summer look.
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ARRANGING GINGER JARS ON THE KITCHEN ISLAND
The kitchen island is the perfect blank canvas for a gorgeous display of beautiful things.
I typically style my ginger jars on ours, and the beauty is, you can create so many seasonal statements.
I love to use blue, white and gold for fall in our kitchen, it’s always a gorgeous and rich combination.
Always timeless, I love to style a ginger jar on our island in a grouping, with or without florals.
Create a vignette with multiple floral arrangements, pretty textiles and fruit, to arrange with varied ginger jars…notice all the ginger jars in the background from my spring kitchen last year?
I seriously can’t have enough. Give me all the ginger jars!
MAKE A CHIC STATEMENT WITH A LARGE GROUPING
I think this is one of my absolute favorite ways decorating with ginger jars. Go bold and make a statement with a large grouping. Above is a throwback to how our home used to look!
Make your grouping monochromatic, add in color, or pair your ginger jars with other beautiful vases, vessels and objects, the sky’s the limit!
Do you wonder how to decorate with a large ginger jar? Love to mix patterns like I do?
A large grouping is the answer.
HOW TO DECORATE WITH A LARGE GINGER JAR:
Use your largest ginger jar somewhere in the center of the grouping, then stagger smaller jars and/or vases in varied heights and widths around it.
Very simple to pull together and so darn chic.
Using all neutral ginger jars and objects, they create a beautiful backdrop for chic pillows.
Take it up a notch and throw in a pop of color! I added a bright blue ginger jar below to play up the blues here throughout our summer living room.
Our entryway has had many looks over the years, and I’ve styled a lot of ginger jars in this space!
Last summer’s entrway, I used more of a ‘split grouping’ – a small pairing, or vignette of ginger jars on one side of our console table, balanced with other jars on the other side.
Here are a couple more examples of ‘split groupings’ in our entryway.
DECORATING WITH GINGER JARS USING FLORALS + STEMS
One guaranteed very chic way to decorate with ginger jars, is to create a beautiful floral display inside them.
Real or faux, either way you’ll get a very chic look in your home.
This summer in our entryway, I went bold with a large faux floral arrangement, to create a stunning and welcoming statement, grouped with smaller jars filled with faux light blue hydrangeas.
Above, I used a vibrant and inexpensive bouquet from the grocery store, to layer into our fall bedroom a few years back.
Cheap and chic, this really amped up the look!
OTHER CHIC GINGER JAR DECORATING IDEAS
In the shot above, I created a casual, collected look on our living room ottoman, with stacks of books, beautiful objects and a large ginger jar.
If you love that curated look in your home, this is a great way to display your ginger jars.
Want to bring your decorating up a notch?
Style your laundry room with some favorite ginger jars the way I have above, in our laundry room makeover.
Here are a few other blogs that have fantastic inspiration on decorating with ginger jars:
From classic blue and white chinoiserie ginger jars, to chic and modern solid or color block designs, or a beautiful ginger jar lamp, decorating with ginger jars in your home is a guaranteed way to bring unique style and your own personal touch to your home. There are so many styles of ginger jars, and so many ways to decorate with them…just be warned, if you haven’t started your collection yet, once you do, you can’t stop! xo