Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Vignettes

I'm slightly obsessed with details and vignettes as you can see throughout this blog as I'm constantly posting about details. My love for the little things only grew when I visited the Kips Bay Show House and Elle Decor Modern Life Concept House and found myself snapping little things rather than the big picture. To me it is the combination of little things that make the big picture what it is. I have to admit that I throw the word vignette around a lot and never really knew the meaning so I went old school today and looked it up in the dictionary ( when I think vignette I think of an artful grouping of pretty or meaningful things ). What do you think of and do you group things of significance or just pretty?

vi·gnette (noun) :
1.a decorative design or small illustration used on the titlepage of a book or at the beginning or end of a chapter.
2. a decorative design representing branches, leaves, grapes,or the like, as in a manuscript.






Via

While there is no right or wrong way to create a vignette, I have a few rules that I stick to.

Tips for creating a Beautiful Vignette: 
1. Build your vignette around a light source. A grouping of beautiful items deserves to be seen so incorporate a lamp or some light source into your design. 
2. Display objects in odd numbers. Groups of three or five tend to have more of a visual impact than two or four.
3. Vary the height of your objects. Stack books to elevate some items.
4. Vary the texture of your objects. Juxtapose shiny hard edges against something more organic and rough - It will add interest. 
5. Some form of natural element or greenery always livens up a space and is one of my personal must haves in a vignette. 
6. (This is not so much a tip as a personal preference and wish) A little Hermes orange never hurt anyone - whether its a tray or a box!