Happy Monday!! 🙂
You all know the phrase “Practice makes perfect”, right?
Well, when it comes to styling a room, I feel like that phrase sums up the process pretty well. It takes practice. Everyone has their own style and preference when it comes to decorating and design. Some of us like a “less is more” approach to a room, while others may prefer a little more flair. Some will like perfect symmetry, and others will choose a more casual and relaxed look. With practice, not only can we start to get a feel for what aesthetic appeals to us the most, but we also gain confidence when it comes to setting up those little “moments” around a room that give a space its personality and style.
I remember when I first started decorating my home, I would use the same basic setup on every open flat surface. It looked a little something like this
Actually, I’m probably being generous here – it didn’t usually look this nice – but basically, it was two tall-ish things on each end and something shorter in between.
I like simple, but this leans a little toward blah, right? It feels like it’s waiting to be finished.
Eventually, after many afternoons of arranging, and rearranging and rearranging again, I stumbled across a basic “formula” for a vignette that I find to be the most pleasing. It starts with adding height and working in odd numbers. I also typically like to “split” my display in half.
By incorporating a small stack of books to add height and texture under the vase, moving the picture over, and bringing in a simple little votive, I’ve created a pretty little grouping atop the left side of the cabinet that has much more impact than before. And by adding a couple strands of contrasting wood beads to the dough bowl and moving that over to the right side of the cabinet, the whole vignette still feels simple, but more intentional.
Same goes for this buffet vignette in the dining room. Here it is, a little more dressed up than the original cabinet display, but still missing something:
Add a wood slice under the vase for a bit of height and texture, and we’re looking better…
Add a couple books under the candles and we’re pretty and complete.
Do I always use this formula when creating vignettes around my house? No, not always. But if I’m stuck and can’t figure out how I want something to look (or if I’m just feeling lazy 🙂 ), it’s always where I start – because I know it’s a setup that I like, and it’s one that works for me.
After playing around to get these pictures, I was feeling the urge to change things up on the apothecary cabinet.
This vignette is a little different, insofar that I have two taller items flanking each end of the cabinet, but the other elements are in line with my basic “formula”: The left side is made up of one tall item, one that is a little shorter, and then a third little item to complete the group. Then on the right, instead of having a bowl filled with décor as in the other two examples, I have more or less repeated what you see on the left – just with different items.
Pretty easy, right?
I used to be intimidated by this part of putting a room together, but after lots of practice, it’s now one of my favorite things to do – I find that creating these pretty little “moments” is a great stress reliever for me. It’s my happy place.
So how do you feel about creating vignettes around your home? Do you find it frustrating and intimidating? Or do you look forward to it and find it fun? Let’s talk about it… 🙂