If you don’t know what a vignette is, you’re in good company. I had no clue up until a few months ago. Now that I know, I’m obsessed with this creative outlet. A vignette is defined as any small endearing scene. Styling a vignette can be challenging at first, but practice makes perfect! I’m still not great, but I think I’m getting better. Today, I’m going to share with you a recent vignette I put together as a centerpiece for my dining room table. I’m also going to share some of my favorite vignettes for inspiration. Besides a little trial and error, seeing the creativity of others can give you a clear vision for how to style your own vignette.
Recently, I took a fun trip to a little flea market with my infant and toddler in tow. It went surprisingly well and I found out my daughter shares my love of a good treasure hunt. She had a blast looking at all the interesting pieces of furniture, accessories and old toys. It wasn’t a planned trip, so I wasn’t prepared to spend much (even though I could’ve easily dropped a couple of hundred dollars, based on what I found!). When I saw this cute metal tray for $2.99, I was SOLD! A good coat of white spray paint and it was the perfect tray to hold my little vignette.
I took my white tray, a vase with something green, a mason jar of ground coffee, a couple of candles, a small dollar store jar filled with corks, and a tiny pine cone from one of our morning walks, and voila! My ordinary table now has a bit more class.
My favorite elements of a vignette are varied heights, neutral colors, and touches of nature.
I love this next example of a vignette using a tiered tray, by Beth at Home Stories, A to Z. She gives some great tips on her blog for styling a vignette. Her technique of “zig zagging” the color scheme in the below example gives the vignette a lot of dimension, while also tying everything together.
I love the use of trays in a vignette. They aren’t actually necessary, but they are a nice “cheat”. Especially when you’re a newbie, like me, they help to set the scene. Christy at Confessions of a Serial DIY-er shows what a difference a tray makes. She also gives a lot more examples on her blog.
Trays aren’t the only tool for pulling a vignette together. You can also use a cute basket, box or crate like in this example from Little Vintage Nest. I love the way she’s used this old scale to add height and some vintage flair. The old books tied together and the chunky candlestick aren’t even inside the crate, but they still add a nice frame to this little scene.
I really like vignettes in kitchens. This kitchen redo has lots of pleasant little vignettes throughout it. This one is a favorite of mine because of the little pops of color from the robin’s egg blue jar and the tiny strainer full of limes. I love to see citrus fruit in a kitchen vignette! It’s so fresh and clean, while still bringing a bright splash of color. Plus, the pitcher full of hydrangeas exudes elegance in a pretty, yet simple and understated way.
I found so many great inspiring spaces while designing my own. I have plans for nearly every flat space in my home! If there’s a shelf or a table top, it’s getting a “small endearing scene” added to it. It’s amazing the difference it can make in your home. It really is the details that pull a space together.
If you find yourself inspired, or realize you already have some vignette-worthy spaces in your home, post a photo to Instagram with the hashtag #vivalavignettetuesday and follow @angelascozyhome. She hosts a fun vignette contest each week! You’ll see a lot of other people’s creative work as well as get yours noticed and maybe even featured. Viva La Vignette!