So what exactly is a vignette?
A vignette is all about the details. It's how you style your collections and treasures so that they tell a beautiful story, adding layers of interest within the larger space that is your room.
As I said in my last post, nothing gives me greater pleasure than phaffing around with my bits and pieces. You'll often find me arranging and re-arranging things in my home. And sometimes I'll style little vignettes just for the moment, for fun or for an instagram challenge. (As in these beach-inspired vignette images.)
The secret to a good vignette and to displaying your treasures, (other than practise, practise, practise) is to gather and cluster them into groups that will look good together, and provide a few clear focal points in your room. If you 'frame' things visually with props such as trays, platters, books, boxes, bell jars or old drawers, it will make it much easier for you to mix diverse objects together so that they make visual sense and your collections will tell a story that others want to hear.
Mix up your collections to make your display more interesting, but, to ensure it still looks cohesive, link the display together with a common thread. In my beach vignette, the link is the hint of cobalt blue running throughout the display, from the surfboard Milly is holding, the blue of the paua shell, to the rim of the plates, the old signwriting on the wooden chair and the colour of the vintage metal chair.
Create layers of interest with your displays. Variations in scale and height and texture and shape will visually stimulate the eye. Think in odd numbers and triangles. When choosing sizes to group together think of one taller piece at the back, one medium piece to the side, and the smallest in the front. Edit, rearrange, style, move. Play until you feel the display is harmonious and balanced.
Be a little unpredictable. Disparate objects often make the best bedfellows when linked by a display.
Throw in something unexpected for good measure. This will keep your vignette exciting and alive.
Photograph it - to really see whether your styling is working, take a photograph. When you visually frame the scene through the camera lens, you can instantly see more in a glance. Then you'll know whether you need to add, subtract or move the items in your display.