I like to revitalize my love for a room by switching out the décor throughout the year. Decorating for the season gives the room a fresh look. Mantles are the ideal place to begin:
Pie Safe Cabinet
Here are six tips for creating successful vignettes:
1. Varied heights
Try to create a visual triangle. Have one tallest object, then a 2nd tallest and a shortest. I use books all the time to help elevate an object that might be at the same height as another object. Attractive wooden crates or boxes covered with cloth can work too.
2. Varied textures
Using a variety of textures creates visual interest. In the picture below I have a ceramic bird sitting on torn strips of newspaper in a plaster container on top of an embroidered linen and some books.
3. Color palette
Choosing a color palette of 3 colors or less is an easy way to create an appealing vignette. For my Valentine’s Day vignette I chose to work with primarily red and white with some black.
The next year, the color palette was red, aqua and white.
4. Odd numbered groupings
Vignettes and small groupings tend to look better when you use an odd number of objects.
For example, in the grouping above, I have assembled:
1. Birdhouse on a candlestick (visually they are one object)
2. Bird nest in pedestal (again visually counts as one)
3. Stack of books
4. Picture frame
5. Felted rose laying in front of the picture frame.
5. Varied Shapes and Scale
Vignettes work well if you can vary the shape and scale of your objects. Grouping many objects of the same size and shape will not give your eye enough to explore and study. Always take a step back from your vignette to make sure that your grouping has different shapes and sizes represented.
6. It’s Your Décor
This is the most important rule! Make sure you create something you like. Use your own objects. And if you love it, that is all that matters. It really doesn’t have to meet someone else’s criteria of perfection. I wrote a whole post on imperfect decorating HERE.
Did you spy Christmas cards in the background? Sure, it is February, but I love them too much to take them down yet. If you’d like to read more “Fall in Love with Your Home” February posts, click on the button below to see a recap of this month’s theme: