Decorating your home for the holidays with memorable vignettes

The holiday season provides the perfect opportunity to create pretty vignettes throughout your home.  But before we offer tips on how to create a pleasing vignette let’s answer the obvious question—what the heck is a vignette?

The dictionary offers many definitions but the one that applies to home decor and interior design is a brief but powerful scene or, according to the Oxford Dictionary  ”…a small illustration without a definitive border”.  In layman terms, a vignette is simply a grouping of objects that may or may not tell a story  but create a visually pleasing arrangement.

Tips to help you create a lovely vignette in your home

  • Try to think in odd numbers.  For some reason, odd numbers are visually more pleasing.
  • Vary the height of your items.  This allows the eye to “flow” with the arrangement and see everything there is to see.
  • Tell a story.  For example, an arrangement during the holidays might include photos of the kids on Santa’s lap when they were younger or a summer scene might include a collection seashells and driftwood.
  • Respect your own design aesthetic.  For those who prefer traditional or formal decor, keep your vignette symmetrical with like items on either side.  Those of you who enjoy a more casual look, a collection of randomly placed items in an asymmetrical arrangement might look better in your home.
  • When selecting items to display in your vignette keep your overall color scheme in mind.  A coastal theme will enhance a collection of blue and white ginger jars, for example, while a cheery country home might benefit from touches of red.
  • Add some life to your grouping with the addition of natural items like fresh flowers, pinecones, seashells, driftwood or feathers.
  • Don’t forget light–candles, lamps, a window or even reflective items like mirrors or mercury glass will add depth and dimension and, quite simply, allow you to see what you have created.

Where should I display a vignette?

There are so many spots in your home to display a grouping of your favorite items.

  • The foyer or entry:  Greet your guests with a welcoming vignette on top of a chest or console table.  Be sure to leave room for your guests to drop keys and sunglasses.
  • The living room:  A small grouping of items corralled in a tray can be placed on top of an ottoman or cocktail table.  The mantel is a natural spot to group items in a spot where they can be enjoyed by everyone.
  • The bedroom:  Whether it is a master bedroom or guest room, a vignette that includes a small vase of flowers, a photograph and a small dish to hold rings and glasses is all you need.

Use these examples as inspiration for your own vignette for the holidays or for year round enjoyment.

Beautiful asymmetrical mantel arrangement from Centsational Girl

Beautiful asymmetrical mantel arrangement from Centsational Girl

A pretty vignette is created in the window seat flanking this chair.  Designed by Charlotte Barnes

A pretty vignette is created in the window seat flanking this chair. Designed by Charlotte Barnes via Design Chic blog

 

 

A colorful selection of items in this vignette from Ashley Reese Pinterest

A colorful selection of items in this vignette from  Pinterest

 

Suitable items enhance the country or cottage decor of this console table available at Painted Furniture Barn.com

Suitable items enhance the country or cottage decor of this console table available at Painted Furniture Barn.com

 

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