Though I have always been interested in home decorating, it wasn’t until we decided that we would open our home to our clients as a display home (for renovators) that I realised that I would need to get serious about what I was doing. Instagram and Pinterest were great sources of inspiration, and the rest I have just had to learn along the way.
Create a Vignette Like a Pro!
1. Stick to a theme.
Sticking to a theme helps create a story. Your theme can be as simple as candles, or photos and then adding little trinkets that add to the story. Perhaps you have a group of beach holiday photos, you could add a shell, some coral or a vial of sand, something that helps to tell the story of your theme. Have a mix of inexpensive, quirky and higher end items to create an interesting story.
2. Use an Odd Number of Objects.
Groups of 3 or 5 are more visually appealing than groups of even numbers. Use several items of similar size and shape in groups to create maximum impact. For example, try piecing together 3 blue and white ginger jars of different sizes OR try 3 varying coloured jars in similar sizes and shapes to give a striking effect.
3. Use Light.
Let a source of light be the focus to your vignette, a candle or lamp will help create the mood of your vignette. Light draws the eye to the area you have styled, and it should, you want to show it off. Light will play with the shadows of the area you are styling and give it a totally different appearance to when there is no light.
4. Use Objects of Various Height.
You don’t want all your items lying flat on a table, conversely you don’t want a row of the same height candles or photo frames. Give your vignette some texture by using items of different heights. Consider placing a mirror above the table you are stying to draw the eye from the table up. Each person to look at your vignette will see something different, varying heights will be more visually appealing. Try using a stack of books or magazines to assist with height.
5. Use Texture in your Vignette.
Don’t be frightened to play with texture in you vignette, have a wooden photo frame coupled with a chrome photo frame, and then it together with a candle or candle holder made from the same material as one or another. Try different textures to excite the eye.
6. Flowers and Plants are a Decorators Friend.
Where possible fresh is best! It doesn’t need to be expensive flower arrangements, it can be as simple as foliage from the garden or the park, the greenery that comes with the flowers is like decorating gold. There is nothing wrong with fake flowers used in moderation but you don’t want a whole house filled with the fake variety.
7. Have Fun!
Your house is your home, your castle and although it’s lovely for it to be attractive to those who visit, it must be attractive to you first and foremost. Decorating should never be stressful, if should be a reflection of your unique personality.
Keep in mind the season when you are decorating. Our displays change with the seasons in our home, only slightly but they do change. Spring and Autumn we use lots of fresh flowers and Summer and Winter we tend to use fresh fruit and foliage. Remember, you are only limited by your imagination.
Are you a lover of home decorating? Does it come natural to you or did it take time and research like it does for me?
The wonderful Sarah from Tomfo linked up for the first time sharing her new piece in the Yamba Scandi Collection, The Pelican. This post had so many interesting facts about Pelicans that I had no idea about!
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