Christmas! The very mention of the word puts me on my décor toes. Come December and I’m drooling over décor magazines and blogs. I am pushing stuff around the room to make way for my tree and trying to cut-copy-paste from those glossy pages I am so inspired by. Living in a small loft, I suppose it is unrealistic to expect such grandeur, but I notch up my apartment with this one trick I learnt from Martha Stewart. Introducing vignettes!
What are vignettes?
Vignette is typically an arrangement of accessories into still life that effortlessly adds a designer touch to your home. It can be a group of photos on your corner table top, a few books and candles on your coffee table or grouped candles and plants in the foyer. Basically, a collection of gorgeous still life that creates mood and brings your room together.
If you have a small space that cannot accommodate lofty garlands and huge trees, bring in the Christmas cheer with little vignettes strewn all around your home. It’s super easy and I have found the perfect formula to vignetting. Take a look!
A Christmas tree added to a vintage oil dispenser
for a fantastic French Farmhouse feel.
A few things to keep in mind while vignetting:
- Build your vignette around a light source so it’s in focus
- Group objects that support a general theme
- Make sure your vignette is of the same colour tone as your home. A bright, Indian vignette in a minimal, beach themed home can be disastrous
- Use objects of varying size and always set to an odd number as this adds to visual impact
- Create depth. Place objects together rather than lining them near the light source
Coffee Table Christmas Vignette
Bring out your candles, pinecones, a stray Christmas ornament and any form of deer you might have! Pardon my silliness, but that’s exactly what you’ll need to create a lovely, Christmas vignette. My home being predominantly white, I have kept 70% of the vignette in shades of white with just a bit of red from the cushion and bauble. This vignette fulfills the conditions of keeping with the theme of my room, depth (they are not linear) and the candle as a light source coupled with the ample light from the windows.
Center Table Christmas Vignette
As my home is beach themed, I used twine and a starfish to make the theme pop out in my Christmas vignette, but in general plants or leaves make for a fabulous vignetting element as well. This vignette fulfills: grouping things of varying sizes which gel with the theme of my home. The starfish adds that instant beach house Christmas touch!
Just in case you are more into colours, check this simple mason jar arrangement for a quick-chic vignette. (source)
Or this elaborate one with sleigh, a repurposed window sill and gifts to turn heads and usher in the Christmas cheer quite well. (source)
Enjoy vignetting and have a very Merry Christmas! ^_^