1/5/2015 0 Comments
It's a new year and one of my resolutions this year is to consistently blog. I come across blogging topics all the time working on specific projects, and after doing some research or legwork, I usually have some great information I've learned along the way that I really should share! I get busy (like we all do) working on projects and blogging takes a back seat. Not anymore...
What’s a vignette, you say? Is it a mash up of stuff that I don’t have another spot for? Maybe, but there are a few guidelines to keep in mind that will help you look like a decorating diva -
1. Don’t go crazy. It’s best (and easiest) if the items used together in a vignette has some common thread – similar style is always a safe place to start. You don’t want to pair your grandmother’s antique water basin with a modern Italian Murano glass vase just because you have nowhere else to display them. They won’t play nicely together. You want to pair traditional pieces with other traditional pieces, and so on.
2. Size does matter. A mix of heights is more pleasing to the eye. There’s “The Rule of Hand” to consider. If you look at your hand, you’ll notice that there are varying heights of your fingers. This concept adds “visual interest” – the fancy schmancy term for “makes it look good”. Try to use the same approach by using varying heights in the accessories you choose.
3. Keep it at odds. Unless you are going for a formal look with absolute symmetry, use an odd number of items. This also adds “visual interest” and makes the space work.
4. Check it out. When you see a grouping that “works”, stop and take a look at it. I mean really look at. What do you like about the grouping and the way the items relate to each other in terms of style, size and arrangement? Then try to do the same with your treasures!
Above is an example of a home I redesigned. They are several vignettes going on here. The artwork grouping by the chest, the grouping on the coffee table, and the grouping above the armoire.
A client of mine loves the look of mosaic glass tile - actually, who doesn't? It's a great way to bring color into a bathroom, add visual interest, and it can take center stage. However, the one she likes runs about $40 per square foot retail - not really in her budget, given that to cover her steam shower, it will take about 55 sqft. Instead, we've decided to use it as an accent by running two bands of it around the perimeter of the shower and pairing it with carrara marble. It looks fantastic paired with the white and soft gray of carrara marble. As I like to say, it plays together nicely. However, maintaining carrara marble in a shower can be a huge hassle. It's quite the diva - beautiful, but very high maintenance. I've found a great alternative: a glazed porcelain tile from Daltile. It's got the look of marble, but the cost and maintenance of tile - nice.
We don't want to blow a chunk of her budget on tile or give her a shower that's a headache for her to maintain, so sometimes one has to be creative with the design and the material selection so that the finished product works. I'll keep you posted as the project progresses.
I came across this picture in the Ballard Designs catalog and it caught my eye. Once I slowed down to really take a look, I realized that the accent color in the painting mimics the bold wall color - this is what really makes the painting pop!
I love working with client's existing artwork. It usually tells a story about their past - trips they have taken, memories of a
special time in his or her life, or it's simply a reflection of their style. It can be the inspiration for the color palette in a room; however, it needs to be displayed properly so it doesn't just get lost on the wall. For example, when this same piece is displayed on a wall with a neutral paint color (see below),
it doesn't make nearly the same impact.
To highlight your artwork, focus on a vibrant color in the piece, one that is not the predominate color. Display you artwork on a wall of the same color. If the color is a bit bold for your taste, you don't have to paint the entire room that color, just make it an accent wall. I did this in a powder room recently with great results. I like to use vibrant paint colors in small spaces like powder rooms. The red background really made this artwork come to life!
I'm excited to be starting the new blog! Several of my tech savvy friends and my friend who is a social media expert, Therese Howe, have inspired me to dive into the world of social media for my business by starting a blog and a Design Defined facebook page. On my blog, I'll post weekly decorating tips, answer design dilemmas, and post links to great interior designs and home furnishings that I come across which may inspire you!
I specialize in interior decor and redesign in the Northern Virginia area. I'm a busy mom, wife, designer, business owner, community volunteer, and Tae Kwon Do blackbelt. I've always loved beautiful design, but I'm also very practical so my approach is to create beautiful spaces that can stand up to the demands of real-life!
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