Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

How to Create a Christmas Vignette

Christmas vignettes are more than just single ornaments placed around your home. They’re a collection of related objects arranged in one area to decorate a room. Unlike other pieces idly spread around, vignettes are used to create visual focal points. They can be placed on the fireplace mantle, side table, or dining table as a centerpiece.

Creating one for Christmas is not an exact science. Like most decors, it takes a bit of trial and error to make achieve a cohesive effect. The following are some ideas to help you create your own Christmas vignette.

Collect Items

The first thing you need to do is collect all the things that remind you of Christmas. It can be traditional pieces like pine cones and candles, or you can use items that have sentimental value. Objects like tea cups, ceramic angels, and old books are often popular items.


Once you have the items, arrange them according to their sizes or colors. Depending on what you want to do, you can choose items with one dominant color, or have a particular palette of colors to guide you.


When you have them ready, pick out the largest items and put them on the center of your display. The center of your vignette should have the most interesting object of your collection. Next, add a layer of small items on both sides. Make sure that it balances out visually.

On the left, you can add things like candles to add motion to your vignette. Choose scented candles if you want to add an element that will give it a signature aroma. On the right, you can add some personal objects like photographs or books.

 The Rule of Thirds

The most important thing you need to consider is visual balance. Make sure that you don’t overload one area with too many items. A good rule to follow would be “the rule of 3’s.” It’s a basic composition that states that you can create balance by either adding or removing 3 items at a time. While it isn’t a universal design law, it often works wonders. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different things when you’re creating your Christmas vignettes.

Lastly, always remember that fun is an important ingredient in creativity. While you can use traditional elements and objects in your vignette, no one can dictate the endless ways that you can create visually stimulating vignettes for your home. Happy decorating!

About the Author
Inspired by my passion for the visual arts and my years of experience in the field of design, I enjoy a life of style and artistry. I am a devoted follower of minimalism and I believe in the marriage of form and function. I try to live by these principles, from my subtle but classic fashion sense when it comes to clothes and jewelry, to the various projects I manage and work on in my professional career Influenced by the refined grace of Coco Chanel, the timeless beauty of my favorite city, Stockholm, and the new ideas and trends I read from design books, I try to infuse my life with elegance and sophistication. Join me on Balsam Hill’s blog to get my tips and advice on home design and personal style.