Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Creating Vignettes

Figuring out how to arrange objects on top of a chest can be tricky. But believe it or not, there is a "science" to the perfect vignette. Here's the simple formula:

First, focus on scale. Mix items of different sizes and shapes, and include something tall (usually a lamp), medium (like a picture frame or small painting) and small (a vase or small decorative bowl are good choices). 

Then, consider color. You can try mixing objects that are complimenting colors, like blue and brown.

Lonny Magazine

Or you can follow Phoebe Howard's example and stick to a monochromatic color scheme. 

Phoebe Howard

Odd numbers are more pleasing to the eye, so limit yourself to three, five or seven things.


Better Homes and Gardens

And last (but certainly not least in my book), mix the old and the new. There is nothing fresher than antiques layered with something modern! 


  1. I love this little design lesson! Need to work on one for over the boys' dresser in their room now that we have done away with the changing table. Why is it so much easier to apply these principles of design to the composition of a painting rather than in my own home? Lindley, I admire your decorative eye and hope by reading your blog it will one day rub off on me. ;)

  2. Great tips and gorgeous images. Love that lamp in the first photo!

  3. Excellent "putting it into words." Vignettes are my favorite thing to do--and I keep working it until I know it is just right. Beautiful photos, too.
    Mary Ann