Its finally Springtime and if you’re like me and get bored easily, then its the perfect excuse for a makeover! And if you’re not feeling up to a major overhaul then changing up your vignettes is the easiest (and most fun) way of seeing in a new season.
Vignette is just a fancy way of saying a group of stuff arranged for display. You already do it without realising. It is how you arrange items on a bookshelf or coffee table. A vignette is you collecting beautiful pieces to tell a story about what you love while adding instant personality to your space!
Styling a clever display is a creative and decorative pursuit which means it rarely comes together first time. Don’t be discouraged, enjoy the process! Wait for a sunny day, crank up your favourite tunes, throw open the windows, find a flat surface and play……
Shop your house and garden first because you are going to need an anchor or dominant piece. Something that makes you smile and you want to have on display.
Then you will need height. A lamp, vase of flowers or branches, photography or something sculptural, anything tall.
Add books. Books are more than just books, they add colour, texture, pattern and scale. Layer them up and stack stuff on top.
Use smaller accessories to balance out the arrangement. At this stage try and limit the colour palette so not everything is fighting for attention. Small boxes, baskets or similar are perfect for storing ugly bits if your vignette is somewhere like a coffee or side table that requires practical but not pretty items like tv remotes.
Odd numbers are a great rule of thumb unless creating a symmetrical arrangement and varying textures is a must. Texture provides contrast and is easiest to introduce with a natural element which for me is often the favourite piece.
The view and edit part is the hardest. This is where you add more or pair back, leave the room, bite your thumb nail, squint your eyes and pull your hair. The best advice I can give you here is to follow your instincts. Check the composition and if its still not working check to see if you have a common thread like colour, subject or style. Sometimes taking a quick photo and studying the pic can reveal something different.
Remember, your vignettes don’t need to be too contrived or cost loads of money. Use a bottle of wine for height or a glass of water if your display is located somewhere that you need one. Everyday items are beautiful too; salt and pepper shakers, a stack of your favourite bowls, magazines, fruit and photos. You don’t want to create a display home, you want points of interest that visitors ask about and stuff that makes you smile……
All images via Pinterest
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