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Pretty Handy Girl: Creating Seasonal Vignettes

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Creating Seasonal Vignettes

I like to revitalize my love for a room by switching out the décor throughout the year. Decorating for the season gives the room a fresh look.

Mantles are the ideal place to begin:

Valentine's Day
But, if you don't have a mantle, you can use any flat surface!

Side Table
Pie Safe Cabinet
Built-in Bookshelf

Recessed Window Seat

Here are a few tips for creating successful vignettes:

1. Varied heights
Try to create a visual triangle. Have one tallest object, then a 2nd tallest and a shortest. I use books all the time to help elevate an object that might be at the same height as another object. Attractive wooden crates or boxes covered with cloth can work too.

2. Varied textures
Using a variety of textures creates visual interest. In the picture below I have a ceramic bird sitting on torn strips of newspaper in a plaster container on top of an embroidered linen and some books.

3. Color palette
Choosing a color palette of 3 colors or less is an easy way to create an appealing vignette. For my Valentine's Day vignette I chose to work with primary red and white with some black.

4. Odd numbered groupings
Vignettes and small groupings tend to look better when you use an odd number of objects. For example, in the grouping below, I have assembled:

      1. Birdhouse on a candlestick (visually they are one object)
      2. Bird nest in pedestal (again visually counts as one)
      3. Stack of books
      4. Picture frame
      5. Felted rose laying in front of the picture frame.

5. Varied Shapes and Scale
Vignettes work well if you can vary the shape and scale of your objects. Grouping many objects of the same size and shape will not give your eye enough to explore and study. Always take a step back from your vignette to make sure that your grouping has different shapes and sizes represented.

6. It's Your Décor
This is the most important rule! Make sure you create something you like. Use your own objects. And if you love it, that is all that matters. It really doesn't have to meet someone else's criteria of perfection. I wrote a whole post on imperfect decorating HERE.

Happy Decorating and a Very Happy Valentine's Day to you!

Did you spy Christmas cards in the background?
I love them too much to take them down yet.

If you'd like to read more "Fall in Love with Your Home" February posts, click on the button below to see a recap of this month's theme.

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At February 12, 2011 at 9:16 PM , Blogger marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh these are all wonderful and gorgeous vignettes. You tips are so perfect. Something we all need to know. I hope you will link this post to Table Top Tuesdays. That's my party that's all about any kind of vignette anywhere. I will have Mr. Linky up Mon. evening. This would be so helpful to so many. Hugs, Marty

At February 12, 2011 at 10:40 PM , Blogger Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

I LOVE all of your vignettes! So very pretty! You are one multi-talented lady! Angie xo

At February 13, 2011 at 6:58 AM , Blogger Just this... Alice said...

Impressive as always Pretty Handy Girl. So much can be learned from a girl like you. Thanks for sharing your talents with all of us out here in blogland.

At February 13, 2011 at 12:47 PM , Blogger My Primitive Creations by Tonya said...

Have a Great Valentine's day!


At February 14, 2011 at 2:07 AM , Anonymous Kitchen cabinets said...

vignettes are lovely dear.Happy Valentines Day to you.

At February 14, 2011 at 5:51 AM , Blogger Karmen said...

Sve mi se sviđa. Svaka vinjeta ima ono nešto što me odmah osvoji. Volim maštovite ljude i one koji imaju smisla za lijepo a to si sve ti.
Puno ljubavi na današnji dan.


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