How to decorate your home with ginger jars

Ginger jars are classic decor pieces that add elegance to any home. If you love ginger jars like we do, there are so many ways to decorate with them.

Ginger jars, with their timeless charm and intricate designs, have long been cherished as versatile decorative accents that can effortlessly elevate any living space. In our latest blog post, we dive into the art of incorporating these classic pieces into your home decor. From traditional to modern interiors, we explore creative ways to style ginger jars to add personality, texture, and a touch of elegance to every room. Whether you're a seasoned collector or new to the world of ginger jars, join us as we uncover the secrets to creating a stunning and cohesive look that celebrates the beauty of these iconic vessels.

What exactly is a ginger jar?

white pierced ginger jar decorating home interior

You may not be familiar with the name "Ginger Jar," but you've most definitely seen these beauties. Ginger jars (also known as temple jars or chinoiserie jars) are a popular choice for beautiful home decor, and the trend is only growing.

High shoulders and domed caps distinguish Chinese ginger jars, which range from perfectly practical storage pots to brilliant ornamental pieces. Because of their distinctive, unique shape, ginger jars can be easily identified. They are known for their gorgeous blue and white hues, but they now also come in a variety of patterns and colours. Antique ginger jars, as a result, are a constant favourite among porcelain collectors.

Ginger jars were originally made of glazed porcelain, although currently many are made of ceramic. This implies that jars are now more accessible and inexpensive. In addition, ginger jars are no longer limited to conventional settings. Designers are using ginger jars in transitional, modern, coastal, and cottage designs since they now come in solid or surprising hues, contemporary patterns, and diverse sizes.

Although there is a distinction, they are also known as Temple Jars. Temple jars are rounder at the top and smaller toward the bottom, like our Small White Ginger Jar whereas ginger jars are normally circular with a flat top, like our Patterned Lidded Ginger Jar. The lid of a temple jar is spherical with a protrusion at the top. However, I like to refer to all of them by the name "ginger jar."

Why are ginger jars so popular?

What is the one-room item that designers nearly unanimously adore? The traditional ginger jar in blue & white, golden and black.

These distinctive containers, which were originally used for spice storage in China, have had several lives as interior design trends change. The price range and adaptability of these jars make them a very accessible collectable.

Ginger jars have recently gained the attention of a whole new generation of people who are using them in more modern and fusion designs and re-creating classic settings they see on Instagram or Pinterest. Ginger jars are shown as fantastic workhorses of beauty where they manage to look fresh and sparkling on bookshelves, lined up on a long, casual dining room table, or standing sentry as a pair at the doorway to a room in their oversized state.

Interior designers tout their adaptability, claiming that they may be used in "at least three areas in your house." Indeed, whether arranged on a dresser, surrounded by flowers, or displayed on an entry table. Ginger jars are a part of our everyday lives; they used to be considered "fashionable," which meant that people bought them because they were influenced by a current trend, however, now people buy them because of their taste or elegance in decor.

The history of ginger jars

What is the story of ginger jars, one might wonder? In ancient China, ginger jars were used to store and transport spices and herbs such as salt and ginger; when these jars arrived in Europe, the ginger component of the name was taken, and they were dubbed "ginger jars."

Ginger jars were not always so popular, particularly in Europe, and they weren't always known as ginger jars. They originated in China and were first introduced to Europe in the nineteenth century when they were employed as ornamental items. These jars were made in a variety of bright and less popular variants or patterns, with the blue and white colour combination being the most well-known and popular. Due to a lack of demand, the less popular varieties are difficult to come by.

It's worth noting that these jars are no longer utilised for their original function, at least not in Europe and other areas of the world; they've essentially become ornamental items. Ginger jars may be recognised not only by their blue and white artistic design but also by their shape, which comes in a range of sizes. In most houses, the jars are adorned or exhibited in groupings, yet a single one may be just as beautiful. One thing to keep in mind is that there are no constraints on how you may use ginger jars as decorations in your home.

How to decorate with ginger jars 

Incorporating Ginger Jars Into Different Rooms

white ginger jar as a decoration to living room interior

There are so many ways to use ginger jars for decorating your home. Ginger jars are perfect for adding a touch of unexpected beautiful colour and life to your tables, shelves, and bookends. These classic jars may be used in any area and with any type of design. Use them whenever you need a little something extra or to dress up your home.

Let's have a look at several different ways to utilise ginger jars to decorate. First and foremost, remember that style is confidence, and it is not about the type of ginger jar you purchase, but rather what you do with it. To begin, "the doorway" is the ideal site to greet visitors; imagine beautiful white ginger jars filled with flowers to liven up the space; remember, your style identifies you.

Second, because the original purpose of ginger jars was to store spices, it would be a fantastic idea to put them in the kitchen. In my opinion, they would liven up a dreary and monotonous kitchen; tools alone cannot compensate for everything; a kitchen should be as beautiful as the rest of the house.

Ginger jars may be utilised as focus pieces for any decor in the living area. They can assist in drawing visitors' attention to a certain area that you wish to be the focus of attention. The living room may be the ideal location for them because they can be placed on a coffee table or bookshelf. Allow them to be the main point of the room.

In most homes, the dining room, like the living room, is the most popular space. The majority of individuals opt to exhibit their ginger jars in these areas, which is a fantastic idea. When you're not entertaining, you may make them the centrepiece of the table.

The ginger jars, in my opinion, would look great in the bedroom. Matching colour combinations will make the room more relaxing and inviting. You may put them on a dresser, a side table, or the closet countertop, for example.

Ginger jars may also be used in the bathroom to brighten up the space. Everyone craves a spa-like hideaway at some time, and ginger jars may be put about the tub to give it that refreshing, calming sensation.

The outdoors is the final place to look. Nothing completes a home like a well-decorated outside space, which draws everyone's attention. Ginger jars are an excellent way to dress up your patio space. It is preferable to use more than one ginger jar of various sizes to make the exterior area look magnificent.

silver ginger jar on living room coffee table

The ginger jar: facts You didn't know

They've existed for a very long time

Ginger jars have been around for thousands of years. The earliest ginger jars arose during the Qin Dynasty (221 BC-207 BC) in China and were used to preserve herbs and spices such as, you guessed it, ginger. Since the 17th century, everyone has wanted to replicate them.

The stunning blue-and-white ceramics was introduced to the Dutch via a thriving commercial link between the Netherlands and China in the 1600s, and its appeal as a luxury import exploded, according to scholars. However, when a conflict in China reduced the amount of blue-and-white pottery supplied to the Netherlands, Dutch artisans began making their own blue-and-white pots to market as porcelain. And they did it so effectively that their doppelgänger porcelain drew its legion of fans and imitators.

You can find them in many different colours

While the aforementioned fascination with Chinese porcelain resulted in a plethora of blue-and-white ginger jars, red, orange, and yellow Chinese ginger jars are more uncommon. Because the colour yellow was once linked with China's emperor, it's possible that the uncommon yellow ginger jars were considered expensive items. For more modern style ginger jars, you can now get these in marble effects, black, and patterned ginger jars.

They have the potential to make a lot of money

In 2007, an auction for a 17th-century Chinese ginger jar fetched $27,000. Plan a visit to a museum with a Chinese ceramics collection if you want to see beautiful porcelain without making such a large financial expenditure. So the next time you grab a ginger jar off the rack know that you're bringing home a beautiful product of centuries of history—and that you're getting the look of vintage luxury goods at a fraction of the price.


The magnificent shape of ginger jars has remained consistent throughout their resurrection. They are fantastic accents to any space, with their immediately identified high shoulders, narrow holes, and domed lids.

Ginger jars come in a variety of sizes, making them easy to include in a variety of displays. I enjoy clustering medium and small sizes to create a striking setting that adds a touch of refinement to a space. The large and extra-large jar sizes are ideal for adding symmetry to a fireplace or entryway.

Ginger jars are perfect for everyday décor or special occasions because of the endless possibilities! Think of all the ginger jars you can make into candle holders, centrepieces, vases, and candy dishes!
They're also great for bookshelves, as they go well with other containers, ornamental boxes, and, of course, books. The options are limitless!

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