The Art of Vignettes

| October 27, 2012 | 3 Comments

by Vic Bibby

Hi there, it’s Vic from Cush & Nooks. I’ll be popping over from time to time to do interior posts for the fabulous team here at La Donna Moderna. I wanted to start with one of my favourite interior subjects – vignettes. The dictionary definition of ‘vignette’ is… a brief evocative description, account, or episode. My definition is a display of grouped objects.

The reason I love vignettes so much is that I believe it’s the little things that really give a home soul. By displaying things in your home that you love and have meaning to you, gives it personality, tells a story. And who doesn’t want to be surrounded by things they love, right?!

But… there is a real art to grouping objects together successfully. The trick is to vary the size, shape and texture, and also to layer. If everything is the same size, it’s a bit boring. So vary your shapes, putting the larger ones, like artwork or mirrors, to the back. Layering adds interest to a grouping – you can layer from back to front, and also layer in height. For example, books are great for stacking, and adding a small ornament on top gives it an anchor. Remember odd numbers work better grouped together than even. Flowers are perfect for adding colour, texture and height.

It takes experimenting, and you definitely get better with practice. So have a go – on your coffee table, mantle piece, bedside table… You can keep it really simple, or more elaborate. Step back and see if it’s working. Does your eye follow the grouping easily, or is it a bit too haphazard? Try making one object the focal point and arrange everything else around it. Have fun! Here are a few examples to inspire you…








Image Credits 

Vic Bibby is the owner & operator of Cush & Nooks, a beautiful inspirational design blog and online store based in the beautiful Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. Vic is guilty of having a torrid love affair with colour, pattern, and great design, and Cush & Nooks was born from the desire to share the love with you.
Check out Vic’s website and Facebook page for more great inspiration.

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  1. Michelle says:

    Hi Vic, so nice to see you here, kicking off with a great post! Thanks for sharing your styling tips – some lovely examples there x

  2. Jo says:

    Hi Vic,
    Georgeous little scenes for ideas in your article. Unless I have fresh flowers, I am frequently at a loss as to what to place in the centre of my dining table. Its a long, chunky wood table with red fabric chairs. Any suggestions?

  3. Ceara says:

    Posting on behalf of Vic: ‘Hi Jo, on my dining room table right now is a red raffia basket filled with lemons. It’s such a simple display, but the gorgeous bright colours look fabulous together. Candles are also a great alternative, there are some amazing coloured candle stick holders around at the moment, or a line of small mismatched containers with tea light candles inside. For more inspiration have a look at my Pinterest ‘dining rooms’ board – http://pinterest.com/cushandnooks/dining-rooms/.’

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