9 Tips To Master The Art Of Creating Vignettes

Last updated on February 8th, 2022

If you’re wondering what a vignette is, it is a group of objects placed together, that creates a visually appealing focal point in a room and makes a room look polished and well put together.

You can create a vignette on top of any flat surface such as a nightstand, a side table, a bookshelf, a coffee table, or a dresser. The objects that you can use to create a vignette can be anything from vases, houseplants, mirrors, photos, and just about anything that you think would look good in an arrangement.

Here are 9 tips to add gorgeous vignettes to your interiors and add not one but several conversation starters to your décor!

1. Choose Your Space

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Before anything else, you need to decide on the place where you want to create your vignette. You could choose an end table, a nightstand, or a table in the entryway to design it on. Also, you can choose to remove all the items that are currently occupying the space or remove a few that you feel need replacing with new ones.

2. Keep The Theme Of The Room In Mind

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Keep the theme of the room in mind when designing your vignette. A room with a formal décor needs a symmetrically designed vignette whereas a casual setting requires a more asymmetrical arrangement.

3. Decide On An Anchor Object

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Once you’ve finished deciding on the accessories that you are going to use for your vignette, it’s time to decide on an anchor piece (like the cobalt vase in the picture above) that grounds the arrangement and gives it a focal point.

4. Use Dominant Colors From The Room

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Borrow the dominant colors from the room to lend color to your vignette. Flowers, plants, and books with colorful spines are all great ways of keeping your vignette colorful.

5. Create Displays In Odd Numbers

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For maximum effect, keep items that are of the same shape, size, and color in groups of three or five as they tend to make a stronger visual impact than items kept in two’s or four’s.

6. Choose Items Of Varying Heights

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Use items of varying heights to keep the arrangement interesting. You can even use books to elevate smaller objects.

7. Incorporate Depth

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Avoid placing objects in a straight line and incorporate depth in your vignette by placing a few objects at the back and a few in front. Placing a mirror under the objects or behind them can further add dimension to your arrangement.

8. Use Objects In Different Textures

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Make your vignette a mix of different elements from shiny accessories to rough and natural materials like weather-beaten wood or raw iron.

9. Stand Back And Make Changes

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Once you’ve created the vignette, look at it from a distance and see if there’s anything that needs a little bit of tweaking. It’s also important to remember that vignettes aren’t meant to stay permanent. Whenever you feel like you need a change, go right ahead and switch the accessories that you’ve used and create a fresh focal point. The idea is to keep your vignettes from looking stale and let your inner designer have fun exploring different styles!

Happy decorating, everyone!