Monday, April 29, 2013

How to Create a Vignette

When I design a room, I start with the big things: the rug, furniture, window coverings, lighting, etc. The last step is the styling. Styling is what pulls a room together and gives it personality. (Think of it as the jewelry, scarves, and killer stilettos of an outfit.)

Vignettes are a great way to style a room. Every room in your house probably has a vignette or two (or three), whether you know it or not. A vignette is just a display or arrangement. Whether or not design rules exist is debatable, BUT there are definitely certain arrangements, layouts, and designs, that are more visually pleasing. Here's one easy way to create a vignette:  think tall, medium, short, layer, layer, layer.  I actually don't think about "rules" when I design, but when I think of my own house or clients' homes, I find that I've subconsciously used this formula again and again, just because it looks right! Of course, there are several ways to create a vignette, but this way is a great place to start, and it always works!
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  1. Wow, these tips are so helpful! I am always looking for ideas and advice in home decoration... love this!


  2. what would I do without your blog??

  3. I’ve got a couple picture ledges that I love, but are just missing that last oomph. This will be a great help in making them really stand out. Thanks for the tips!

  4. Ohmigawsh!! This one simple tip, I think, will change the whole look of many of my rooms. I can't believe how simple (and visual and memorable) you have made this. THANK YOU!

    Visiting from SITSSharefest & am so glad I did!

  5. Great article! Stopping by from SITS Saturday Sharefest...

    Cher @ Designs by Studio C


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