Lately, I’ve received several emails from StoneGable reader’s asking, “How do I create a fall vignette? It’s easy when you follow just a few tips and designer tricks! Today I’m sharing a “recipe” for creating a fall focal point YOU can put together in under 15 minutes. Ready?
You are not alone when you get a bit timid about creating a fall centerpiece! I certainly understand!
Because a fall vignette is the first thing that will catch someone’s eye when they walk into a room you want to get this right! Right?
I used to feel I was not very good at vignettes! Believe me, I struggled for years! So by trial and error and lots of reading decor books and magazines I came up with a “recipe” or no-fail way to create a beautiful fall centerpiece and be able to repeat this recipe over and over again creating loveliness in your home!
Creating a fall vignette for any flat surface like a table or mantel is really very simple!
Today we are in the breakfast nook at StoneGable! I have my reading basket full of decorating inspiration and a cozy throw. Now all I need is a really good cup of pumpkin spice coffee!
Ready to make a fabulous fall vignette?
This festive fall vignette on my kitchen table was inspired by two big bunches of sunflowers I found at Wegmans.
Sunflowers say “early fall” to me!
When I create any vignette I start with an item that inspires me!
The inspiration for this fall centerpiece were happy sunflowers.
I put them in a white pitcher because I think the white against the saturated yellow and black looks striking. It’s always best to find something that inspires you to start a fall centerpiece.
Here are some pretty fall items that might inspire you…
- dried corn
- colorful leaves
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
You will see this tip over and over again in most of my designs! If you carry away one thing from this post let this tip be it!
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX!
It will flex your creativity muscle, solve decorating issues and problems and motivate you!
I found the pitcher in the basement and had the sunflowers but I did not purchase enough of them to fill the vase. And I did not want to drive back to the store to get more.
I had a bunch of greens I was using for another post and decided to add greens to fill in the sunflower arrangement. A little out of the box inspiration that paid off!
And guess what, I liked the greens with the sunflowers so so much better than them standing alone! These little decorating wins motivate me! And they will motivate you too!
I also thought outside the box when I dug around my decorating stash and found some chippy corbels that would work as candlesticks.
Use that brilliant imagination of yours!
GIVE A FALL CENTERPIECE A FRAME
Everything looks better in a frame of one sort or another! And so does a vignette! Corral the items for your centerpiece in something.
Because your grouping will probably become the focal point for a room it is so important to give your eyes a boundary! Our brains will perceive a group of objects as a whole if they live inside of something else! And that creates a focal point!
Read more about WHAT IS A FOCAL POINT HERE.
Here are my favorite ways to frame a centerpiece…
- use a low sided basket
- a metal tray
- a low sided crate or wooden platform
- a chippy shutter
In my decorating stash in the basement, I found a long wicker, low sided basket. I usually use it on the island in the kitchen but I thought it might make a pretty frame for a long centerpiece!
And I know what you are thinking… yes, we keep the fall vignette on the table while we eat. There is just two of us so I slide the whole centerpiece on the burlap runner to the edge of the table. And we eat on the freed up side.
If we have company I can remove it or downsize it or we can eat in the dining room!
This long basket was again, out of the box thinking, and it worked! More motivation!
FOLLOW THE DESIGN RULES FOR CREATING A VIGNETTE
When creating any centerpiece or vignette remember rules and guidelines for creating the perfect centerpiece will help guarantee success.
You can go to 10 ELEMENTS OF A VIGNETTE and see everything you need to know to be a pro vignette creator!
In my long kitchen table fall centerpiece, I used lots of rules for a good vignette design. Such as…
- I varied the height of the elements in the vignette. Because I wanted the sunflowers to be the star of this grouping, a stack of white plates became a make-shift riser to give the pitcher more height.
- The rule of three is decorating magic. I used three big items in the centerpiece.
- I also used lots of texture,
- and repeated elements
- added natural elements.,
- and created a tight color palette
All these guidelines helped me so much with my kitchen table creation! Make sure you read 10 ELEMENTS OF A VIGNETTE.
USE SEASONAL ITEMS
If you are going to create a fall vignette you want it to give a gentle nod to fall. A not an in your face, the-fall-truck-came-to-your-house-and-dumped-out-its-content-on-your-table vignette!
One of the biggest mistakes we make as home decorators is over decorating! And when it comes to seasonal decorating just a little bit of the season will do!
Sunflowers are happy and often used in fall decor. So they were perfect for fall vignette making!
I also filled the bottom of the long wicker tray with real and faux pumpkins!
MY BIGGEST FALL VIGNETTE RULES!!!
Here are my rules for adding a bit of the season to any decor…
- no little seasonal tchotchkes
- use natural fall elements
- less is more (although I did use lots of little pumpkins)
With just a little bit of know-how, you can create beautiful fall centerpieces and vignettes for the tables in your home!