Ginger Jars, also known as Temple Jars, are a versatile and timeless decorative accent. They have evolved from their practical use (storing spices) into a pretty and colorful staple for home decorating.
These ceramic beauties come in graceful shapes and various sizes. They are topped with a fabulous lid, and add instant charm to any space in your home.
These timeless pieces have become favorites among an array of decorating styles: Traditional, Chinoiserie, Coastal, and Southern.
We’ve been using these jars in our home for many years. I love the curvy, graceful lines and the varying heights, colors and styles.
They are a timeless addition to your decorating, and it seems like the right time to show you all the fun ways you can use them!
They make a beautiful accent almost anywhere! Group them together or display them alone, they add effortless elegance to any room in your home.
Where to Use Ginger Jars
These jars are a beautiful addition to your coffee table decor, bookshelf decor, an end table, large chest or bedside table, dresser, buffet, dining table, kitchen island, entry table or console and more!
Group a collection of various shapes and sizes in the same color or in different patterns to make an impact. I like to group them in pairs or trios of various sizes – small, medium and large, creating a triangle.
This works well on one side of a table or in the center of a dining table or coffee table as an alternative to a floral centerpiece.
Place two of the same size at different ends of a buffet, console table or dresser for symmetry to anchor and add a beautiful flower arrangement or tray between.
Alternatively, you can place on different bookshelves, opposite of one another to add interest.
Layer your jars on a tray for a little height and texture.
Add a small jar on top of a stack of books to accent.
Use a collection at various heights and widths, adding stems or branches to a few of them to make a statement.
They work well on nightstands and on dressers in bedrooms, too.
- I love to add fresh or faux flowers to our jars. They make wonderful displays for our kitchen island, bar, coffee table and more.
- Tie a bow around the neck to instantly give it a seasonal Christmas look!
- Ginger jars are great for centerpieces, as well. Just be cognizant of the height, so you don’t impede the view (and conversation) of your dinner guests.
Frequently Asked Questions
Originally, these jars were created ( as part of the Qin Dynasty) to store valuable spices like salt, and of course, ginger. When ginger became an important import to Western countries, these jars became known as ginger jars.
The difference is slight, so the term is often used interchangeably. Temple jars often have more of a round lid, with a small decorative protrusion on top. Traditional ginger jars often have a flat top.
Although ginger jars were originally created in classic shades of blue and white, today’s ginger jars are available in the full spectrum of colors. There’s something for every color scheme and style of decorating!