10 ELEMENTS OF A VIGNETTE

 

DECORATING 101- This is a must read for everyone who love to decorate. In it you will learn the 10 elements that make up a beautiful vignette. Designers know these tips well and so should you!

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. 

THINK “THEME”

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…

  • holidays
  • rustics and naturals
  • high/low juxtaposition
  • seasons
  • nests
  • 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…

  • baskets
  • trays
  • platters
  • on table runners
  • crates
  • boxes

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!

COLOR PALETTE

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.

VARY HEIGHTS

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…

  • smooth
  • nubby
  • chippy
  • course
  • shiny
  • rough
  • slick
  • soft
  • fuzzy
  • fluffy
  • velvety

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
  • corks
  • pinecones
  • cotton
  • branches
  • log slices
  • seashells
  • stones
  • baskets
  • 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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43 Comments

  1. Thanks for the great tips for putting together awesome looking vinnettes. I like your burlap covered books in your large round basket on your coffee table. Have a great day!

  2. Can you please tell where you purchased the lovely woven round tray? I’ve admired it in many of your photos. It’s gorgeous.

  3. Thank you for explaining how to design vignettes. The more I do them, the easier it does get. I have friends comment on them,saying how pretty they are. Thank you Yvonne..?

  4. Thank you for such a thorough post. After reading this post, I feel empowered. You have a way of breaking things down and showing “how simple” it can be to create a vignette. I knew many of your tips, but it felt good to be reminded of them and your photos are great, as always. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Thanks for sharing those wonderful tips for creating a vignette. It is so helpful to know how to put one together. It was extremely helpful! Many thanks!

  6. Yvonne you make the most beautiful vignettes and I have tried to copy a few with good results! I can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve for Christmas vignettes. No doubt it will inspire us all.

  7. Thanks for the great tips! I just edited my coffee table vignette since I had too much in it. Looks much better now. My decorating has improved drastically since I began following your blog and using your tips. So thankful for your expertise.

  8. This is great Yvonne, thank you. Tablescapes I have no problem with. When it comes to vignettes I’m always stuck.

  9. Great info for beautiful vignettes and Tablescapes You as always have done a great job Thank you and God bless

  10. Great info for beautiful vignettes and Tablescapes You as always have beautiful decor Thank you and God bless

  11. We all love a pretty and interesting vignette, don’t we??? Texture is such a wonderful element in all decorating projects, but I think it is overlooked sometimes. I love lists and appreciate your tips in a 1, 2, 3 format. Your teaching background continues to provide great benefits to others. We are all just overgrown first graders at heart.

    Blessings!

  12. Loving all the natural elements in this vignette. Unfortunately vignettes do not come naturally to me…definitely something I have to play around with. Great tips!

    Much Love,
    Erica

  13. Hi Yvonne!! Just wanted to say that I love your blog and all your fun ideas and recipes. I have been with you a while now. Just would like to say I feel like it would be nice to see more ideas of each post. There are too many pictures of the same thing. How about a few different tray idea vignettes instead of a dozen of the same picture. I do many tray vignettes and would love more ideas. Thanks!

  14. I appreciate your blog so much. Our living room is in transition mode and so I’m paying attention to the creative ideas you show for inspiration.
    I haven’t tried your recipes but that’s next on my list!
    I appreciate your Christian witness, too!! Thanks for all your efforts to encourage beauty in this world!

  15. Yvonne. Love your blogs about creating vignettes. Funny about our brains and odd numbers! I usually keep my groupings to three items on a tray and always try to add an item from nature . My family room vignette for summer has a large piece of coral,a carved wooden shore bird and a pottery vase hand turned in one of my states potteries. If I have some pretty flowers I will put them in the vase but either way it looks good. So much fun to put things together till they are just right.

  16. Thanks for so many suggestions. I have one glass container like the two stacked on the books in the vignette. Now I know how to use the pine cones differently this year. I love NOT having to pay an arm & leg for YOUR professional advise.

  17. LOVE what you have shared here! I have those small glass vases and now can make another use of them by filling with pine cones come fall……..though I will gladly wait because I’m eager for warmer weather right now! ha THANK YOU AGAIN for sharing such ‘can do’ things!!

  18. Just discovered you and at a perfect time.
    Doing some freshing up in my home after the passing of my husband.
    You have been a joyful help.

  19. Hi Yvonne, I have been searching for a beautiful, chunky basket/tray like yours. Can you tell me the size and where I might find it?

    Absolutely love your decor style!!

    –Becky

  20. I love this! Did you wrap the books in burlap? And is the plant a real plant? Always look forward to your decorating ideas! Thank you so much!

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