I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stood back and stared at a vignette, wondering what it needed. Added something, stood back and stared again.
Rearranged it, stood back and stared yet again.
What am I looking for as I stand back and look? Here are a few tips on how to create a vignette.
And I achieve that balance by using what I call the zigzag.
Let’s start with color. In the first example, the colors are lined up in columns.
By switching the candle holder with the shell, both the warm, golden tones
and the cooler whites now zigzag throughout the vignette.
Evenly distributing the color also balances the weight of the art with the objects.
But something still isn’t quite right.
These books are all the same height and don’t offer enough contrast with the height of the candle holder. It’s too boxy.
Replacing the shorter books with the taller ones gave the arrangement the height I wanted.
Texture creates movement and interest. The ridges in the frame and the shell add obvious texture. The folds of the sheets in the art print and even the book pages add more subtle texture.
In this case, I didn’t want anything competing with the art. So, the layering is a very monochromatic arrangement of books and accessories.
I’m good with that.
Colors, shape, texture…it’s everything you learned in Kindergarten.
See you in class,