Time: 10-30 minutes
Materials: interesting things big and small
I have a talent (weakness?) for accumulating stuff. I try hard not to be a pack rat, to only keep things that are necessary, beautiful or loved in my home. I do a decent job of regularly culling unused and unwanted items from my hoard, but I always seem to be finding new things that intrigue and delight me, things that I often end up bringing home with me. In order to showcase these things in my home so that I can delight in their quirk and splendor, I’ve created tableaus on tables, on mantles, on shelves– basically on every available surface. I’d already planned on posting about these little tableaus Shawn and I have created around the house when I stumbled upon two Apartment Therapy articles, How to Create a Visual Vignette and Create a Goodlooking Vignette in 6 Steps. The six steps, in case you’re wondering, are:
- Find the perfect place Choose a place that looks bare or pick a spot that will be the center of attention.
- Grab your favorite mirror, piece of art or print Choose this piece carefully. Both the colors and theme of your art piece will be the basis for your vignette and really dominate the composition.
- Bring in a tall item Use a lamp, vase of flowers, thin sculpture or something else (get creative) to give your composition some height.
- Incorporate a stack of books or a tray This is again to add some varying height to the vignette. Depending on where you place it, it can also hold smaller accessories (see next step) and even add a little bit of a layered feel to the composition.
- Add an uneven assortment of smaller accessories Small boxes, figurines, even candles will do in a pinch. This is really where you add some interest, bring in your personality, or customize for the holidays or themed parties.
- Review and Edit Step back from the vignette you’ve just assembled. Eliminate one or two of the small accessories you added (trust us, it’s not impossible to have a good-looking vignette with a lot of elements, but a simpler composition will seem cleaner, feel fresher and look better). Ignore all the previous rules and follow your instincts if you think the vignette needs more accessories, more art or anything else.
These don’t really follow all the steps Apartment Therapy outlines, but some of the tips they give are great. As our vignettes are changing all the time, maybe I’ll try incorporating more of their tips.