Creating beautiful vignettes is one area that I see a lot of people struggle with in decorating their home. They may find it easier to choose the bigger upholstery and case goods pieces, but seem to get stuck when it comes to styling and adding personality.
Creating pretty vignettes or groupings is one of the easiest ways to add a designer touch in a room. Think of them as beautiful still life on top of shelves, tables, fireplace mantels, dressers, countertops, or any other flat surface that your heart desires.
You can use accessories like mirrors, decorative boxes, greenery, floral, vases, urns, obelisks, photos, or any other personal belongings to create a mood or a feeling in the room. When your vignette includes items that have special meaning or sentimental value, it serves as a wonderful inspiration and conversation piece that is sure to make you smile whenever you enter the room.
Vignettes can also be functional, like this bar area
A vignette makes a room more pulled together and polished and reinforces the rooms color scheme and theme.
Here are some tips to creating a quick, easy and beautiful vignette
- Be sure that your vignette or grouping includes a light source, whether it is a lamp, sconces, candles or natural light. If your vignette is arranged in a dark corner, the effect will be lost.
- Be sure that the objects selected suit the style and theme of the room in the way they are arranged. Symmetrical arrangements work best in a traditional room and an asymmetrical arrangement works best in a more casual room.
- Choose colors that will complement the dominant color in the room. Florals are a great way to do this
- Place several objects of similar shape, size and color together in odd numbers for maximum impact. Groups of three or five work particularly well and are stronger visually than a group of two or four
- Vary heights but still maintain proportion and balance
- Objects on the table or mantel surface should overlap the art or mirror on the wall above
Vignettes can be as simple or as complexed as you like, but the principles of proper scale, proportion, balance and rhythm need to be applied. You can start simple and layer on more objects as you feel more comfortable. Remember it is a great idea to use some objects that have some special meaning to you. After all, that’s what your home should be….all about you and your lifestyle.
So boldly go forth and create those beautiful vignettes that express your unique personality!
Wishing You Beauty and Inspiration!