The other day my little one was watching a cartoon where all the little animals were painting a house in every color of the rainbow. When they were finished (the house looked hideous, by the way), they all received their “decorating badges.”
I’m supposed to be a “decorator”. After all, I have a decorating blog for goodness’ sake!
For me, color selection, space planning, & fabric choices….check, check, & check.
But, truthfully, “I’m not that great at creating vignettes.”
First of all, if you are not familiar with this term, a vignette (pronounced vin’yet) in home decor is a grouping of objects that is pleasing to the eye.
A vignette is one of the best ways to express your personality through your home. They’re like little stories sprinkled throughout your rooms and they tell others a little bit about who you are and what you like.
Sometimes my vignettes just look like a bunch of stuff that’s been set on a table.
That’s certainly not the story I want to tell.
So what do you do when you want to get better at something? Practice!
By the way, I had originally planned to title this post “10 Tips to Creating Vignettes”, but I thought that might be a bit ambitious, so I cut it in half and will save the other tips for later.
Go to your favorite home store or boutique. Chances are, there are some really great vignettes all around the store. It’s what keeps us interested and actively looking (and buying!) while we’re there. See what elements they include and how they are arranged.
I went to one of my new favorite local boutiques to look around at their displays.
In this one, I noticed varying heights, a pleasing color scheme, and symmetry…..
Consider winding a theme through your vignette, but it doesn’t have to be over the top.
This one clearly says, “Fall”, but is subtle and so pretty….
One way to create a striking vignette is to use a grouping of like objects.
In this one, I used several glass bottles. I put one of them on a large book so that I could get more height variation….
This photo was my inspiration for the vignette above…
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Vary the height. Compare these two photos…
In the next photo, notice how the cage doll and the candle are about the same height and the small glass bottles are also about even.
It’s just not as pleasing to the eye….
Choose a focal point. What is your favorite part? How can you make that look more important?
A focal point could be the largest item or tallest item, the item in the center, the most colorful item, the most interesting piece, or all of the above, such as in this next vignette….
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The awesome thing is that there is nobody in this whole wide world who is just like you!
So there is an infinite number of vignettes that can be created.
The keys are: to decorate with what you like
to keep practicing.
If you’d like some more vignette ideas, here’s a link to my Pinterest vignette board.
I practiced several times this week and am super happy with my progress.
I think I’m on my way to earning my decorating badge;)