Sometimes, when you flip through magazines with interior design or find striking examples of fashionable modern design on the Internet, willy-nilly you start to dream about living in such a beautiful place. In fact, it turns out that behind every picture of a cozy living room or a quiet bedroom is a hard work of an interior stylist. But there are some techniques and secrets of professionals that everyone can do. It is thanks to these solutions, the interior design looks cozy and attractive.
Perhaps the most important stylistic technique that can change the atmosphere and appearance of the space is the vignette. This word refers to a group of objects or furniture, united by one theme. But the essence of the vignette is also to reflect the character and hobbies of the homeowners.
What can make up a vignette?
The task of the vignette in interior design is not so much to change the space in which you live, as to tell the story of the people who live in this house. Therefore, pay attention to the items that will tell about you and your hobbies. You can place beautiful vases and boxes, plates and saucers, candle holders and candles, picture frames and books, albums and magazines – the options are countless.
On open shelves can look good unusual bottles, jugs and glasses of colored glass, tins and vintage porcelain cups. Tableware does not have to be present only in the kitchen: a wooden tray or cake stand can be a decoration for a vignette in the living room.
Where to place the vignette?
Vignettes are good because they do not require drastic changes in space. You do not need to repaint the walls or change the upholstery of the furniture. For example, you can move a chair to a separate corner, put a floor lamp nearby, an ottoman for the feet, and put a woolen blanket on the back of the chair. You get a cozy reading nook, which can also be a vignette.
Such compositions do not have to be strictly in any room. Use any corner of your home. So, a set of items can be placed on the kitchen table or on one of the walls of the kitchen. It can be dishes from different countries of the world or a collection of cookbooks.
On the washing machine in the bathroom, you can use a wicker basket, which will help to put in order, and next to it you can put a bouquet of dried flowers or a pot of flowers. In the hallway, you can put a decorative saucer on the console to put keys and other small things on it. In the bedroom, you can also create a small composition on the bedside table, which will create a cozy atmosphere.
How to prepare the surface?
If you have already collected items that will be part of the vignette, you can start preparing the surface. The composition is not yet ready and can change when you place still in the space of your apartment. To begin with, free up space: remove all items from the shelves, remove books from the bookcase if you want to make interesting compositions there as well. Wipe the surfaces from dust.
A few rules for creating a vignette in the interior
There are several rules that guide interior stylists when creating such accents.
- If you are trying your hand at creating vignettes for the first time, you can limit yourself to a few. Once you feel confident, you can create multi-level compositions.
- Take advantage of the “rule of three”. This rule can help create a harmonious composition that won’t overwhelm the space. When creating a vignette, add one vertical object, one horizontal object, and one central bright object. This can be some sculptural element, which will constitute the semantic center of the composition. This principle is needed to ensure that the viewer has something to stop at.
- Complement the “rule of three” arrangement of objects. One object can be put in the foreground, the second will be a background, and the third will stand a little aside. This principle will add dynamics to the composition.
- Use contrasts. These can be contrasts of texture (leather and fur, glass and metal, wood and stone), contrasts of size (tall thin candles and a wide horizontal candlestick), and contrasts of color.
- Check for matching shades on the color wheel. Interesting pairs form, for example, yellow and blue, pink and emerald. The material can also be a contrast in color: thus, wood, gold and brass are warm colors, and concrete, marble, silver, steel and chrome are cool colors.
Evaluate the result. Does the corner of the room look empty? Do the vignettes argue with each other? Does one of the objects stand out too much? You can rearrange items as many times as you need-even professional stylists take several attempts before they get the perfect result.