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How to Create a Christmas Vignette

Christmas vignettes are a great way to add impact and color to your holiday home. Usually a collection of related objects arranged in one area, vignettes are used to create striking focal points in any space. They can be placed on the mantel, in your entryway, or on the dining table as a centerpiece.

Christmas vignette from Stone Gable Blog

Charming Christmas vignette from Yvonne of Stone Gable Blog

Creating one can require some practice before you finally get the desired effect. Like most decor, it takes a bit of trial and error to achieve a balanced, cohesive look. Read on for some ideas to help you create a vignette fitting for your seasonal festivities.

Pick a Theme

The first thing you need to do is decide on the theme. You can go for a traditional look with accents like pinecones and candles, or you can opt to add a sense of nostalgia using items that have sentimental value. Objects like vintage tea cups, collectible figurines, old books, and even your children’s artwork are often popular choices. You can also simply choose to put together your favorite Christmas elements, such as stars and ornaments. Once you’ve decided on a theme, you can start collecting items that will make up the centerpiece you had in mind.

Organize Your Accents

Once you have everything you need, 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 to guide you. You can even group together accents of different sizes, textures, and hues for visual interest and contrast.

Arrange Your Decor

When you have them ready, pick out the largest items and put them in 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.

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 tip to follow would be the rule of thirds. It’s a basic decorating principle 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.

Lastly, always remember that fun is an important ingredient in creativity. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different things when you’re creating your Christmas displays. While you can use traditional elements and objects in your vignette, there is no limit to the ways that you can create visually stimulating centerpieces 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.