Re-visiting Vignettes

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image via ana-rosa.tumblr.com

There is nothing more Dwell South Coast loves than creating vignettes. We thought we would bring you a stylish selection of some favourite vignettes all with a similar colour palette - Sharlene likes dark & moody and Tonya likes colourful & eclectic.

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest 

Image via Pinterest 

The images above are free and easy. Playing with colour, shape & pattern can be fun ... be adventurous .. free yourself from limitations .. mix it up. Tell yourself 'you can't get it wrong' - it helps!

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image via trudeb.tumblr.com

Thinking outside the square is usually required when creating original displays.  Above books are used to create height and the exposed page edges add lightness and contrast.

 

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image via etsy.com

Not all vignettes need to be complicated, in the image above less is more.  It goes without saying that you always need to consider scale and proportion but sometimes simplicity is perfection.

 

image via missgracieshouse.blogspot.com

image via missgracieshouse.blogspot.com

Shelves are a different story... these can be a little tricky.  At Dwell we find sticking to a few simple rules is the key to creating successful vignettes when it comes to bookcases, mantels and shelves - see if these tips help....  

1.  Collect items in varying shades and tones of the one colour

2.  Use objects with a similar theme

3.  Contrast textures, heights and shapes

4.  Connect each item to the other by overlapping slightly

5.  Create depth by bringing items forward

6.  Flowers and foliage add interest and softness

7.  Construct your vignettes within a 'triangle' shape starting at the top and working down

 

image via country living.com

image via country living.com

Can you see the 'triangle' shape in the vignette above?

Sometimes your vignette may incorporate furniture as well.  In the image below each shelf has been carefully thought through as has the placement of the chair and lamp.  The result is a perfectly balanced arrangement of items through the use of contrast, shape, colour & tone, size, height, theme and the golden 'triangle' rule! 

image via myuncommonsliceofsuburbia.com

image via myuncommonsliceofsuburbia.com

Don't be afraid to experiment a little and try new ideas.  For inspiration look through magazines - especially CountryStyle Magazine, Pinterest and Instagram.  Overall its all about having fun so go have yourself some today!