Display Your Style: Creating the Perfect Vignette

Display Your Style: Creating the Perfect Vignette

Andie Powers
Sep 24, 2013

I recently took a trip to Victoria, British Columbia, and was able to stay at one of the most charming homes I've ever seen (house tour coming soon!). Among all the gorgeous vintage pieces, some well-styled vignettes also caught my eye.

A vignette (in terms of interior design) is a tiny, curated style statement, made up of a group of objects that are displayed on a shelf, a table, or elsewhere in the home. You may be creating vignettes in your home and not even realize it! Here are some tips to perfect your styling:

Tone. When arranging your vignette, keep the same style or tone within pieces. Feel free to mix modern and vintage, etc., but try to ensure that items "belong" together.

Space. To avoid the vignette appearing "cluttery," give your little pieces a wide berth. Less is more.

Height. Vary the heights of your items. Items that are of varied height allow the eye to move freely, instead of scanning over the space.

Texture. Just as important as varying heights, varying textures also allows for a seamless vignette. Note the contrasting textures of the horseshoe, the camera, and the row of little books. They are varied but all compliment one another.

Personality. Vignettes can sometimes feel a bit "stagey." To avoid this, use personal treasures like framed photos or favorite books. This particular vignette works so well because the personality of the owner shines through — which is always the most important element of interior design.

(Image: Andie Powers)

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