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5 Elements That Always Create a Stylish Vignette

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Vignettes always make a house feel more like a home. Put simply, a vignette is small grouping of décor, usually on a surface (such as a console table, dresser, end table or coffee table) that “tells a story.”

If you’ve never put together a vignette before, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the possibilities. The truth is, though, they are very easy to do once you know the basics and what to look for.

Here are 5 tried and true elements that always work well in a vignette. Mix and match them or put them all together to create something that is uniquely yours.

Vignette Décor Elements That Work Every Time


The most important element of any great vignette is the balance, which can be either symmetrical or asymmetrical.

In a symmetrical vignette, everything will be balanced on either side of the display – same height, same weight, same color. For example, you could have two lamps, two candlesticks, or two sculptures placed on either side. They don’t have to be exactly the same, but they should at least have the same height and weight.

In an asymmetrical vignette, one side will be taller, heavier, or maybe even bring in a different color. For example, you could place a tall lamp on one side of the vignette and a small stack of books with a knick-knack on top on the opposite side.

Decide what you want the balance of your vignette to be. Which appeals to you more?


Mirrors always look great over a vignette, especially in a small or dark space. Since mirrors reflect light, they help make a space feel larger and more open. If you have a small entryway or hallway, for example, a mirror will do wonders at opening it up.


An alternative to a mirror is hanging artwork above your vignette. Like a mirror, it will help anchor the vignette and give it some height, but also bring in some color and personality.

It doesn’t have to be one large piece of art. You can do a gallery wall or even lean some smaller pieces of art against the wall in addition to the piece that’s hanging for a more casual look that also will give it some depth.


Books work really well in vignettes. Since they are stackable, you can customize how tall you need them to be for the balance. We usually place a small sculpture or knick-knack on top of a stack of books to finish it off.

When choosing books for a vignette, make sure the spines are attractive and match the colors of your vignette. Coffee table books work great for this and come in a variety of sizes to suit your needs, but you can also use books you already have lying around so long as they match your color scheme.

Flowers, Sculptures, and Knick-Knacks

No vignette is complete without some beautiful décor to give it some charm. Our favorite things to use are flowers/greenery, sculptures, and small knick-knacks. We find that keeping it simple is the best way to go. Choose just 1-3 pieces to incorporate into your vignette. Negative space allows you to appreciate what’s there even more and keeps it from looking cluttered.

For more tips on how to decorate your shelves and surfaces, watch Megan’s free Home Staging Webinar episode on the topic! >>

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