When you have Christmas or other holiday collections to display, there are usually 2 ways you can set up your precious pieces--either by the collection itself, or by vignettes (a vignette is a small, pleasing picture formed by grouping several objects). Either way, there are few things to follow as you place your decor around the house.
1. COLOR - You can group your collections by color scheme. Have an area that highlights maybe even a couple of colors. Red and greens, blue and silver, multi-colors; the combinations are endless
2. HEIGHT - Arrange according to the height of the pieces as you place them about. For instance, when decorating a mantle, have a taller piece in the middle and then taper down with other pieces as they are placed on either side getting smaller by the ends of the mantle. Or maybe keep a group of tiny pieces together in a small spot and taller items in another, depending on what type of furniture you are placing your decor on or around.
3. STYLE - Keep similar styles of items together. If you have a lot of decor that is whimsical and child-like, keep those items together in one area of a room, or even a whole room decorated that way. If you have a very formal decor, keep it in a different area. Sometimes mixing things up looks good, sometimes it doesn't. Which brings me to another tip:
4. TRIAL & ERROR - It takes a bit of trying things out until you find the right way to place them. Something you think might not look good together, might and vice versa. Set some things around and look at it for a bit. Sometimes the changes come the next holiday season after looking at it one one way for a whole season. That's OK. You can change it all up anytime you want!
5. LAYERS - Have groupings that can contain a bit of a few things. Group non holiday pieces with holiday pieces of the same color or use a non holiday item and find a holiday item that will highlight it. Using different sizes and textures and colors in one arrangement can add a lot more depth. Give your guest something interesting to enjoy when they are in your home for the holidays.
6. KEEP IT SIMPLE - This is a good rule of thumb no matter what you are decorating or what you are decorating with: keep it simple. Less is always more in fashion and in decorating. If you try to add too much, the eye doesn't know where to look and you may lose some of the meaning you would like someone to "get" when they look at your decorations. Have a favorite piece take center stage somewhere so that it is the only thing that is highlighted.
These hints are good for any time of the year decorating. The more you try different things, the more ideas you will get and the more you can find treasures when you are out and about. You might surprise yourself at what collections you can have and how they might inspire someone else!
This blog was inspired by and article in Vintage Holiday 2017 magazine.