How to Choose the Right Ceramic Centerpiece

Finding the right centerpiece for your living room or dining room can be a little daunting if you don't know what you want.

However, if you ask the right yourself the rights questions at the beginning it can also be fun and exciting!

Let's get started!

Where do you want the Centerpiece?

First, I recommend starting with the basics. Where do you want the centerpiece to go? On the dining room table? On the coffee table? 

If you want the centerpiece on a table that is used fairly often, ask yourself if you need the centerpiece to be functional or can it be purely for decoration?

Functional Centerpieces

If it needs to functional (i.e. hold fruit, etc) then you may want to choose a piece made by a production potter or a retail store. 

If you'd like a piece from a production potter, I recommend the following:

  • Visit a fine craft district (such as the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia or the River Arts District in Asheville, North Carolina.
  • Visit the American Craft Council Show Pages for each location and see if there is a production potter that you really like. Most of the time you can click directly to their websites and check out their whole range of products....and better yet if you're close to one of the shows' locations you can go to the show and see the work in person.

If you don't have a lot of time and you want to go the retail route, I recommend the following:

  • Visit a local department store. High end department stores often have very nice large serving bowls or platters that can serve as centerpieces
  • Visit Crate and Barrel's online store. They have a large variety of functional centerpiece styles.

Decorative Centerpieces

If you want to make a real splash on your coffee table or dining room table, then there are countless ways that you go. But before you feel overwhelmed ask yourself...do you need the centerpiece be low laying (for example if it's going on a dining room table that you use often...do you want people sitting at the table to be able to see each other?)? If you answer is yes, then I recommend a low-laying bowl-type shape. 

However, if it's a space that you'd like something tall and bold, then I recommend a vase-like shape. With a vase-like shape you can have a tall centerpiece, but you can also insert branches or tall flowers into the vase to give an added effect.

To find a great decorative ceramic centerpiece that really speaks to you I recommend asking yourself a few more questions....

How do you Want to Feel when you Walk in the Room?

Before starting to look for your centerpiece, I recommend walking into the room where you want it to go, stopping, taking a deep breath, and take a few quiet moments to reflect about how you want to feel when you walk into this room.

Do you want to feel calm?

Do you want to feel jazzed?

Do you want to feel bold?

Write down at least three emotions that want to feel when you walk into the room and keep them with you when you go shopping. Glance at the words after looking at pieces that might be a good fit and ask yourself....does this piece make me feel these emotions?

You see, in my opinion, matching colors and style is secondary to how each piece in a room makes you feel. If you love everything in a room, you feel happy. And in my experience people tend to be drawn to similar things so if a room is decorated using their instincts, the room generally ends up being very cohesive so don't worry about "getting it all right."

If your answer was bold, you may want to read my blog - How a Colorful Home can make you Bolder

Does the Centerpiece Reflect Who You Are?

Color has the wonderful ability to reflect different dimensions of our personalities. For example, people who wear red or buy red cars typically like a little excitement in their lives....and they like to be noticed. Do you like to be noticed? Then you may want to choose a ceramic centerpiece that reflects this about you....you may want a bold colorful ceramic centerpiece. 

On the other hand, are you a calm and often-times mellow person? Then you may want to choose a ceramic centerpiece that has neutral tones or light blue tones? 

Above all pick a centerpiece that feels right - that when you reach for your credit card makes you feel empowered...like you're investing in yourself.

Just buying a sculpture that speaks to you...that your instincts just say that you have to have. You won't regret the decision.

Where to Buy Decorative Ceramic Centerpieces

The sky really is the limit with decorative centerpieces, but here are a few of my own recommendations:

  • For an original piece visit your local arts district, local galleries or visit Saatchi Art online. I also recommend reading my blog post - How to Buy Beautiful Fine Art that you Love
  • If you don't have a lot of time, but want something super stylish for your table, check out Neiman Marcus' site, type in the keyword 'centerpiece' and click home on the menu to the left. A variety of styles will pop up including some great gold pieces by Michael Aram. In fact, if you decide you like Aram's organic glam style like I do, go directly to his website.

Click to see a selection of my currently available ceramic centerpieces.

If you'd like me to make a custom centerpiece sculpture, I am happy to work with you. Visit my custom work page to learn more.

Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions. I am happy to help.

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