Vignettes are my ultimate decor challenge. I am NEVER satisfied with the final outcome. But hey - you know what they say: "Practice makes perfect". So I practice, practice, practice again and again. I've become slightly better at it. And a lot quicker.
So here is my tutorial for a vignette anyone can create in just 5 minutes.
Step one: Find your inspiration.
Choose one item that you truly love and work your way around it. It can be anything: a nice painting / photo, a color, a vase, a book. Anything - but you really really have to love it, because everything falls naturally into place when we work with something dear to us. And if we try to star something that we THINK is great, but it's not really our personal taste, then it's gonna feel pointless and it's not gonna work for us at all.
I just had these wonderful spring bulbs - all bloomed up and no where to display them! So they were the stars of my spring vignette.
Intermission: let me stop the tutorial for a moment and really enjoy these beauties:
Step two: Look for color coordinated stuff right in your home.
Choose everyday items, don't try to overdo it. I went with books, because I love to decorate with them on all occasions. Then I also grabbed some boxes from my study, because they were right under my nose and I have to finish in about 5 minutes. And the blooming almond branches by Van Gogh has been one of my favorite paintings since I was 8.
A little tip:
Not all the stuff has to be the same color, it will look too matchy-matchy. Instead, go for some neutrals that will loosen up the vibe. My books are mainly green, but there are also a purple one, a grey one and a brown one. I only had one green box, but the other two are also light brown. Neutrals are the key to a care-free vignette.
Step three: Make an "A" shaped arrangement. PLAY.
I guess you all know the rule about the triangle disposition of your vignette items. I tried different ways to arrange my flowers and books. I tried to top with the daffodils, then with the art book. Then I added the boxes at the bottom, for extra height on my "A" shape. I love an elongated outline :)
At the bottom of your vignette, feel free to add any little knick-knacks you like. They don't impose on the overall image, so there are no special rules.
Don't try to be extremely symmetrical, it will look too stiff. Move the tip of the "A" shape a little to the left or to the right.
Make sure that the height of the "A" shape is a lot bigger than the lateral sides. This will provide an ascending feeling to the viewer and your vignette will look more ... artistic.
So there you are. Not bad for 5 minutes work!
Bonus pic: This is what my spring fling looks from a distance.
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