We all have that one shelf, mantle, or table that we just aren’t sure how to decorate. Try as you might, finding the right decorative items can be challenging. And, once you have found said perfect objects, we are often left scratching our heads wondering, “what do I do with these?” Well, have no fear! I am here to help you create stylish vignettes in your home that will have your guests asking who your interior designer is.

So, what exactly is a vignette? Well, a vignette is a grouping or arrangement of items, usually on a table or shelf. And, now that you know what I am talking about, here are some tips on how to create a vignette that stands out.

Step One

When it comes to creating a successful vignette, symmetry is your best friend. Start with a piece that will be the focal point (or center). This might be an item such as a piece of art, mirror, or oversized object. Whatever your focal point, make sure it large in stature so that it anchors the entire vignette.

Step Two

To create interest and make a statement, your vignette should be a combination of different types of materials and textures. For example, combine wood and metal or soft textiles with brass or metal.

Step Three

Allow the eye to transition across the vignette by incorporating items of varying heights. Whether it is candleholders, lanterns, or a statement table lamp, using different heights helps to create interest and balance.

Step Four

A pop of colour is key to a vignette. A great way to do this is to incorporate a fresh vase of your favourite flowers, or add some greenery with a low maintenance plant (for those who aren’t exactly green thumbed). Or, if you are a plant whisperer, use whatever plant or greenery you like.

Step Five

Follow the rule of three. In design, when items are grouped in threes or in odd numbers, it is more appealing to the eye. Grouping in threes adds visual interest, without looking cluttered and that is always a good thing!

Step Six

As mentioned earlier, since some great items to include in your vignette include books, art, photos and/or plants and flowers, you might very well have these items stored somewhere in your house. Another place to consider when searching for items is your local thrift store. You can often find hidden gems that will fit your décor perfectly.

Play around with different items, and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Sometimes, items you think may not go together are actually a perfect match. And, the best part? If you don’t like what you’ve put together, it’s easy to change around. The more you play around with vignettes, the better you will get at putting them together.

Do you create vignettes around your own home? What tips would you add to this list? Also, if you have some pictures, I would love to see! Let’s chat!

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