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Feb 22, 2017

How to create a vignette.

When it comes to creating a successful vignette you must remember to balance.

In a short sentence balance can be described as the equal distribution of visual weight in a room or in this case, a vignette. There are three styles of balance: symmetrical, asymmetrical, and radial.

Symmetrical balance is usually found in traditional interiors. Symmetrical balance is characterized by the same objects repeated in the same positions on either side of a vertical axis, for example you might remember old rooms where on each side of a room is an exact mirror of the other. This symmetry also reflects the human form, so we are innately comfortable in a balanced setting.

Asymmetrical balance is more appropriate in design in these days. Balance is achieved with some dissimilar objects that have equal visual weight or eye attraction. Asymmetrical balance is more casual and less contrived in feeling, but more difficult to achieve. Asymmetry suggests movement, and leads to more lively interiors.

Radial symmetry is when all the elements of a design are arrayed around a center point. A spiral staircase is also an excellent example of radial balance. Though not often employed in interiors, it can provide an interesting counterpoint if used appropriately.

In this photo we show how we achieve a balanced look using different heights, weights, and shapes. A basic rule to follow when creating a simple vignette is the rule of three. Three colors, three heights, three shapes and so on. Here we used a pale blue, white and a neutral tan.

The key to a visually pleasing vignette is the relationship between the objects. A successful vignette will have a balanced look that does not always mean symmetrical. Remember, just like in the photo balance can be achieved with dissimilar objects that have equal visual weight or eye attraction.

Play around with it and substitute different pieces in until you get it right. You don't need new or a lot of items to create a beautiful display!


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