Vignettes are big part of creating a beautiful home. If we could only have a fool-proof way of styling one so it would look fabulous every time. Well, we are in luck. Designers know some tricks and tips that help them create masterpiece vignette and you can too! Here are 10 elements that beautiful vignettes should incorporate. With a little practice, you can style a vignette like a pro too!
Because this is a “decorating 101” post lets get familiar with the design element we will want to incorporate into a vignette. Here are 10 things to keep in mind when styling a vignette.
Let’s start with the very basics. A vignette is a grouping of objects that create an interesting focal point.
For me, a vignette is easier if it is created around a theme. Because a vignette should tell a little story it’s important to think about a theme before doing anything else.
Here are some theme idea…
- rustics and naturals
- high/low juxtaposition
- round, square or other shapes
- favorite things
- found objects
- objects d’ art
The easy vignette I am using for this post is a transitional theme. Going from early fall towards Thanksgiving and Christmas.
CORRAL A VIGNETTE
Putting your vignette together in something give it boundaries. It’s not necessary but it makes your grouping of objects look like they belong together.
Here are some things to put a vignette in…
- on table runners
START WITH LOTS OF OPTIONS
It’s best to start a vignette by bringing together lots of options for it. I like have all potential items to go in a vignette before me. Give yourself something to “play” with.
Give yourself something to “play” with.
Even the savviest designers do this!
Chose a color palette that works with the room a vignette will live in. I tend to keep my color palettes very tight. It gives the objects in a vignette a cohesive look.
Items in a vignette should have different heights. It helps our eyes bounce from one thing to another in the vignette and our minds translate that as interesting! Items on the same visual plain are boring!
If the things you think would work well in a vignette are the same heights, use books as risers to make them taller.
LOTS OF TEXTURE
I am addicted to texture! Texture translates into interest. One of the most important elements to use in a vignette is texture. You will want to use different textures within the same vignette.
Think about these textures…
LAYER THINGS IN A VIGNETTE
Another important way to create an interesting vignette is to layer objects. Think about perching something on top of a small stack of books or putting a little plant in a pretty bowl.
Don’t get too crazy with the layers. A layer or two will be perfect!
NATURAL ELEMENTS ARE A MUST
Naturals are things that are living or have lived. And we are partial to living things!!!! Our eyes will actually seek them out. Make sure you have at least one natural element in a vignette.
Here are some great natural items to use in a vignette…
- small plants (real or really nice faux)
- willow balls, moss balls
- log slices
- wooden boxes
USE THE RULE OF THREE’S OR ODD NUMBERS
Almost always an odd number of objects is more pleasing to look at than even. Our brain does some subconscience math an loves certain configurations and groupings. Three is a big pleasure! When creating a vignette keep this in mind!
The vignette above is grouped into three. The candle, the plant, and the books and glass cubes of pinecones act as one.
EDIT, EDIT, EDIT
Don’t be afraid to keep a vignette very simple. Even just three items. Too much is too much. And often less is best in a vignette! Cull down and choose just the very best items that work together!
Now YOU have the elements designers use to style a fabulous vignette! How about making one for your home today?
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