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.
A colorful selection of items in this vignette from Pinterest