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Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Art of Creating a Decorative Vignette

(my home library)

A VIGNETTE by definition is 'a short impressionistic scene that focuses on one moment, or gives an insightful impression about a character, idea, or setting'.

When this concept is applied to the art of interior design, a decorative vignette is an opportunity to tell a story - your story.

In our home library, my love of art and literature is reflected in this simple arrangement of hardcover books, abstract artwork and a sculptural marble obelisk.  The asymmetrical configuration adds a modern touch to what is otherwise a classically designed space.
(my home library)

Many designers emphasize the importance of displaying objects in odd numbers, as this type of grouping is naturally more pleasing to the eye.  In this kitchen vignette, visual interest is further enhanced by introducing a variety of tones and textures.
(my kitchen)

Consideration to scale and composition provides a sense of balance in a vignette display. The small size of this accent lamp is in proportion with the delicate apothecary jar and miniature angel statue, while the generous use of negative space allows each object to breathe  
(my master bedroom)

In this corner vignette, the repetition of shape creates continuity and visual impact.  Books have been added to provide a consistent variation in height.  Black and bronze accents offer a welcome contrast to the primarily silver-toned design scheme.
(my living room)

Showcase like objects in a single colour to create an effective and dramatic display.  Graham Moss has designed this gorgeous vignette using a collection of delicate white porcelain juxtaposed against the powerful elegance of black and gold.
(Graham Moss)

An artistic vignette is an opportunity to inject colour and pattern by choosing pieces that compliment the room's existing palette.  These creative canvases by Lulu & Drew add interest and personality without compromising the light and airy feel of the space.
(Lulu & Drew)

David Jiminez has created depth and dimension by skillfully layering objects in varying shapes and sizes.  Fresh flowers introduce a natural element and soften the dominantly masculine lines of this bedroom vignette.
(David Jiminez)

This lovely vignette by Maria Killam is a condensed representation of the room's overall design style.  A wonderful sense of movement and artist flow is accentuated by the soft shades of red and taupe found in the artwork and decor pieces.
(Maria Killam)

This unusual and impressive vignette is layered in steps, cleverly drawing the eye through its multiple vertical levels.  It's a striking example of how to create dramatic impact by displaying objects in an unexpected way.
(via Martha Stewart)

I hope these tips help you to design a beautiful VIGNETTE that appears polished, yet personal... cultivated, yet connected... and most importantly, is an artistic and authentic representation of who you are and what you love.

10 Reader Comment(s):

The enchanted home said...

Good one, and worth keeping Wendi, what I hear more than anything is people having problems with how to decorate or stage a coffee table, mantle, this is a great how to!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Indeed, vignettes of our lives are the most profound of art; each day provides opportunity to redesign, rearrange and retell the story of our MOMENTS.

Thank you dearest Wendy, for coming to visit me this morning. With a busy teacher schedule, a new Etsy shop to maintain and laryngitis, I am looking for the extra dose of stardust in me, to revitalize my expectations. May you enjoy a weekend of peace and poetry! Anita

Naz said...

Vignettes are what make a room interesting. Accents are key for any room to pull it together.

eclecticrevisited said...

lovely ideas for designing vignettes...scale and balance can be hard to achieve yet you make it seem so effortless...beautiful pics..

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Very good Wendy. This is hard for many people. Sometimes you just got to have fun with it and play.

Ivy Clad said...

I love art layered over a mirror, like in your first photo, Wendi. Great post!


Stacy Curran said...

Having an awful time posting a comment so I'll just say another great post my friend!

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

Really good points Wendi. Vignettes are so great for making a room look interesting but it always amazes me just how much stuff is required to get the look. It seems simple but takes a lot of effort. You have some beautiful vignettes in your place!

Jessie said...

Vignettes are a great way to infuse visual interest in a space! Love all the great inspirations you have shown!


Layne Adams said...

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