Quick Tip: A Rule of Thumb to Make Any Vignette More Proportional

Quick Tip: A Rule of Thumb to Make Any Vignette More Proportional

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Jennifer Hunter
Jul 25, 2015

Want to create some magazine-worthy vignettes on some of your own surfaces? If you've tried a few combinations yet something seems off, remember this rule of thumb.

Here's the secret: The higher your surface, the taller your objects can be.

But wait, shouldn't my vignettes include items of varying height so they look layered? Why yes! Your objects will never all be the same height (or style or color) and that's good, but proportionally, your taller surfaces such as bureaus, mantels and bookcases can include taller items while your lower coffee tables, side tables and windowsills need scaled-down items to match their lower height.

See? Short table, short items:

Mid-height table, medium height items:

Finally, check out Kate's masterful vignette creation in her living room. See her red bureau? It's holding medium height figures but her tall bookcase has a high arrangement. Yes!

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