Now is the time to add a winter vignette to your home decor! So many StoneGable friends have written and asked me, how do you decorate after Christmas and through the winter? Well, I am so glad you asked! Let me show you one way that will change the look of a room!
Let’s create a pretty winter transitional winter vignette that will be a big focal point in your living room, family room, dining room and more!
WHAT IS TRANSITIONAL DECORATING
I love the word transitional when it comes to decorating!
Transition means to move from one place to another with ease.
And that is exactly how I think we should decorate. Let’s ease out of Christmas and ease into winter and beyond!
I’m a huge fan of winter decorating! I love that stripped-down look of my home after all the Christmas trimmings are taken down and put away.
It’s like my home takes a deep breath! There is more open space. And my home looks so uncluttered after Christmas!
Embrace winter! And transition into the new season.
CREATE A TRANSITIONAL WINTER VIGNETTE
Like all vignettes, there are some basic design elements that almost guarantees a gorgeous arrangement. Remember these design guidelines when creating a vignette…
- color palette
- perimeters for a vignette
- an organic element
- varying heights
- varying textures
- rule of three’s
The theme of this vignette is, of course, winter! And I like a tight color palette in the winter because it mimics what nature looks like outside my front door. Winter has such a beauty all its own.
PUT A WINTER VIGNETTE IN SOMETHING
Think of the word corral when you create any vignette. Vignettes should tell a little story. And the story should be contained in something.
I love this old and well-used basket! It is very textural and spacious! And it’s the right color!
THE RULE OF THREE
For this arrangement, I’m going to follow the design element, the rule of three. Thing grouped to make three work as three as well.
Our eyes are crazy about items grouped in three. It’s like magic!
Make sure to see THE ELEMENTS OF DESIGN… THE MAGIC OF THREE HERE.
My three items are…
- a white bread bowl of assorted pinecones
- a stack of burlap books with a textural vase of winter branches
- chippy candle
I am a huge fan of pinecones. They are so textural and can be used in decor from fall to early spring.
Don’t put those amazing pinecones away! Use them!!! And then don’t keep them very far away because they make the best “filler” in arrangements!
So, I chose some of the pretty pinecones I decorated with at Christmas and they are now part of my winter decor. I used many of the smaller pinecones that were various shapes and some with a little snow on the too.
The bottom pinecones are SCENTED PINECONES I made for Christmas and they still have a beautiful cinnamon/clove scent so they are staying around for a while!
You can see how easy it is to make your own SCENTED PINECONES HERE.
At first, I put a few stems of a realistic faux green plant in the white container. It was really pretty but just looked a bit too spring-inspired. And it visually fought with the pinecones!
That’s when I cut a few branches from a limb of a tree that had fallen in our yard.
These aren’t the most lovely bare branches but I think they work much better for a wintery theme. I’m on the lookout for some more gracefully shaped branches to replace these.
Remember to give a nod to what’s going on outside! It feels and looks much more authentic!
Maybe I’ll take back what I said about the branches. They look pretty in this image!
A WORD ABOUT HEIGHT IN A VIGNETTE
Varying heights in any vignette is its lifeblood! When objects grouped together are all the same heights, even if they are all very interesting, they will look boring!
I added a couple burlap covered books under the vase with the branches and, what a difference! Think about using books as risers! This is one of my favorite easy-peasy decorator tips!
You might like to see how easy it is to cover burlap books and still be able to use them.
ADDING LIGHT TO A WINTER VIGNETTE
Lighting is most important in the winter. I love love love candlelight! The days are still short so use winter’s darkness to make your home glow!
Even just one candle in a vignette will throw off lots of pretty soft light. My best advice is to get candles with real-looking flames with timers. No worry about an open flame and you don’t have to turn them on and off!
You can see my favorite Below…
THE WINTER VIGNETTE TAKE-AWAY
Here’s what I want you to take away from this post so you can create a transitional winter vignette in your home…
- don’t get rid of Christmas decor that could work in a winter vignette
- add a nod to what’s happening in nature right now
- keep it simple
What is the first thing you decorate in your home for winter? If you don’t have a direction yet, try putting together a simple, beautiful early winter vignette!