Vignettes: How to create artful home displays

Seeking an easy way to give a room in your home a look that’s straight out of an interior design magazine? Create a vignette. 

In terms of the decorating world, a vignette basically means creating artful displays around small spaces in your home. These arrangements – typically consisting of small decorative objects and mementos – create a  lived-in look and elicit a powerful sense of personalisation. Old books, for example, will hint at a love for literature, while souvenirs from Morocco and Thailand will reveal a dedicated traveller.

Although good vignettes will need to be built up over time to begin to tell a story, it helps to start with a few key items and develop a theme. Here are four vignette ideas to get you started:


Romantic and Trad



Shop this edit: 1. Glass vintage ribbed pot 2. Ceramic pot with flower lid 3. Silver antique candle holder 4. Wood cream letter box 5. Hand-carved wooden heart ornament 6. Cream calendar blocks 7. Litecraft – Teapot chrome tablelamp 8. Bloomsbury metal two-tier cake stand 9. Gold Venetian-style frame


Bright and Whimsical


Shop this edit: 1. Star by Julien Macdonald – Silver dressing table mirror 2. Butterfly Home by Matthew Williamson – Pink mimosa candle 3. Bloomingville – Aqua bamboo lantern 4. Ben de Lisi Home – Glass milk bottle 5. Orange flower arrangement 6. Butterfly Home by Matthew Williamson – Pink metal crane



Sleek and Modern


Shop this edit: 1. Zigzag trinket box 2. Resin round flower mirror 3. Betty Jackson.Black – Black glass bubble ornament 4. Abigail Ahern/Edition – Black ceramic whale money box  5. Chrome skeleton arch mantle clock 6. Betty Jackson.Black – Set of 3 scented candles 7. Star by Julien Macdonald – Glass glitter striped lamp



Fresh and Nautical



Shop this edit: 1. Wooden rope handle mirror 2. Sea sponge set 3. Mini decorative silver lantern 4. Ceramic aqua embossed pot 5. Parlane – Bag of mixed shells 6. Yankee Candle – Coconut sea air ceramic candle 7. Parlane – Wooden fishing boat decoration


If you’re looking for the perfect surface for your vignette, do browse coffee & side tables, or sideboards & cabinets. Remember that vignettes are like everything else: less is more, patience is key, and only add items you really love. Happy decorating!

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