How To Easily Create The Perfect Vignette

Who doesn’t enjoy a wonderfully put together vignette? They can easily complete any empty or boring space in the home! They’re an affordable way to bring charm, character, and life to any area. So we have a few simple tips and tricks to help you create your own gorgeous vignettes throughout your home’s interior.

Choosing the Space

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For our first step, you’ll have to choose a space for your vignette to go in. End tables, night stands, entry tables, and mantels are great spaces for beginners. If you already have items occupying the space you’d like to use, you can chose which items you’d like to stay and which ones have to go. Remember that it’s good to experiment with items you already have, and whatever you don’t use can surely be placed somewhere else around the house.

The Color Palette

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When picking out other items to add in, consider your color palette. You want to keep your color palette as simple as possible. A simple color palette will help you achieve a more cohesive end result. Use color hues from around the room to decide which colors to incorporate. For a whimsical effect, add a surprise pop of color in your vignette. Good items to include would be greenery, books, candles, vases, mirrors, picture frames, and fresh flowers. Once you have your items gathered, it is time to pick your anchor piece which will ground your vignette and set the tone for your focal point.

Accessorize and Layer

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Once your anchor object is in place, you can begin to arrange the rest of your accessories. It is best to layer your items, and group in odd numbers so that the accessories aren’t lined up like soldiers. Each layer adds its own color and texture, and there are no rules as to how many layers you need. As you place your items, it is good to take a moment to step back and check it out. This will give you the opportunity to tweak items you like, and eliminate or replace those that you don’t.

Remember!

Vignettes are not permanent fixtures in your home so don’t pressure yourself to make it absolutely perfect. Just focus on achieving your ultimate vignette style! Remember that this arrangement is temporary and should be changed up at least 2 or 3 times a year just to keep things interesting. So, don’t let your vignette get stale! Keep them fresh and don’t forget to have fun exploring your inner-designer!

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Paint Your Furniture! (No Matter The Surface)

A lot of people think they can transform the look of their dresser with just a layer of paint (which is typically a great idea), but be very careful! Sometimes, painting your furniture can do more harm than good because of the surface, the material, or the specific kind of paint. So, how do you know when it’s ok to paint and it’s not? Today, we’re going to use a dresser as an example to give a few helping hints for when you’re painting your home furnishings.

Starting the Process

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To begin, you’ll need to look at your dresser and ask yourself a few questions. How is the dresser structure? Do the drawers slide smoothly? Is it sturdy? How solid are the legs? We’re pretty much saying, don’t try to save a piece of furniture that isn’t worth it. (A.Clore hint: If it’s been in your family or an antique with sentimental value, we suggest not painting it unless you’re trying to completely restore it.)

Will the value increase as a restored antique?  There are some dressers that are so old (80+ years) they would really be better off restored to their original finish, but it depends on your own personal taste. Even if you don’t like the natural wood look, restoring one dresser to its original finish might allow you to sell it for enough to buy yourself a new dresser. Just something to keep in mind!

The Surface

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Consider the surface of the dresser. Is the dresser veneer, laminate or wood? For those who don’t know, veneer is a decorative covering of fine wood layered on top of a coarser wood or another material, like press board or something similar. Laminate is a layer of plastic over press board or something similar, and then there’s real wood, which is actually best for painting.

Prepare & Paint: Veneer

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To prepare veneer, start by making sure there isn’t any cracking or peeling. If there is, repair it with wood glue or another piece of veneer before painting. Clean the surface. (A.Clore hint: Wipe it down with dishwashing soap and warm water using a washcloth, but wring out the towel first. Make sure it doesn’t soak the surface, because it can cause damage to the wood underneath.) Sand it lightly, clean off the dust particles, and then apply primer. Now you’re ready to paint! Make sure you use at least two coats of whichever paint you choose to really make it last.

Prepare & Paint: Laminate

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Laminate is surprisingly easy. Many people will tell you to sand laminate before painting, but that can actually ruin the laminate. All you need to do is apply two coats of primer and then paint. Quick, fast, and easy!

Prepare & Paint: Real Wood

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If it’s real wood, just clean the surface and go to work. (A.Clore hint: we always choose Sherwin-Williams.)

So, there you have it. These are the three most common materials, so if you come across one that stumps you, just let us know! Have fun creating beautiful “new” home furnishings!

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