Seven Strategies to Creating the Perfect Vignette

These tips and tricks will give you Instagram-worthy tablescape snaps time and time again, #nofilter needed.

Seven Strategies to Creating the Perfect Vignette
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A foyer table, a bedroom vanity, the kitchen counter—these are all places that vignettes thrive the most. These often-overlooked design opportunities pack a bigger decor punch than you may think, and they couldn't be easier to create. If you're new to the vignette-styling game, or if you're looking to zhuzh those existing in your home already, read on for a handful of simple ways to bring them to their full potential. 

Ingredients for the Perfect Vignette

INTRODUCE COLOR

If you're not one to take chances with vibrant shades on the walls, a neat vignette is the perfect place to experiment with color. Introduce bold hues in the form of eye-catching contemporary art or an urn of hot pink feathers as demonstrated above. The small effort will result in an impactful TKTK.

Ingredients for the Perfect Vignette

SHOW OFF A COLLECTION

The beauty of vignette styling is that there are no rules—anything goes as long as it's artfully arranged. Try arranging a collection of seashells or silver trinkets on a tray for an exhibition-like effect. Liked things grouped together will always draw the eye in.

Ingredients for the Perfect Vignette

ADD A BAR

When all else fails, add a tray of bar essentials to fill up some empty tablescape real estate. Pretty liquor bottles can be just as compelling as an antique obelisk if arranged with some thought, and you can be sure that your thirsty guests will appreciate the sight of spirited libations at the ready.

Ingredients for the Perfect Vignette

show some personality

Just as your home is an extension of who you are, think of the vignettes in your home as a hotspot of concentrated taste. If you live near the beach and love all things tropical, let those elements dictate a console table as David Flint wood and India Hicks so effortlessly execute in their Harbor Island home. 

Ingredients for the Perfect Vignette

GET PERSONAL

Nothing distinguishes one vignette from the other like the presence of family photographs and one-of-a-kind travel mementos. These precious photos and objets tell a story of who you are, and your home's visitors will take note. 

Ingredients for the Perfect Vignette

FRESHEN UP WITH GREENERY

Flowers, plants, trees—whatever you prefer, be sure some form of fresh fauna makes its way into your vignette. The easiest fix? Head out to your backyard and snip some ferns or palms, add them to a vase, and voilà—you just landed yourself a free arrangement. 

Ingredients for the Perfect Vignette

MIX ART

You know by now that framed art can live just about anywhere other than the wall. A grouping of contemporary and traditional art atop a mantle is not only chic, but requires little in the way of installation, making this easy vignette idea a win-win. 

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