Ginger Jars | Julie Blanner

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.

A white coffee table in a living room.

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.

A christmas tree with ornaments on a table in front of a window.

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!

A white kitchen with a white island and brass lanterns.

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.

A mirror on a dresser.

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.

A white living room with a wicker chair and table.

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.

A blue bowl filled with ornaments on a table.

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.

A living room with white shelves and baskets.

Use a collection at various heights and widths, adding stems or branches to a few of them to make a statement.

A kitchen with white cabinets and a white sink.

They work well on nightstands and on dressers in bedrooms, too.

A girl's bedroom with bunk beds and a dresser.


  • 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.
A white vase on a table.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of a ginger jar?

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.

What is the difference between a ginger jar and temple jar?

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.

Are ginger jars always blue?

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!

A living room with white furniture and a blue vase.

My Favorite Ginger Jars

A white living room with a gold bar cart.
A white coffee table with ginger jars in a living room.
A mirror with a wreath on it.
A living room with blue couches, a coffee table, and ginger jars.
A vase of flowers on a table.

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