This Is What Your Home Is Missing (and How to Fix It)
What does it take to create a personality-packed space with visual intrigue? While the layout is key and a styled entryway is essential (one that's also clutter-free), the best way to make a room interesting is to design artistic compositions that speak to your passions, travels, obsessions, and heritage. These curated moments are also known as vignettes.
When styled well, they make a room compelling and alluring to both the homeowner and its visitors. So what does it take to make a successful vignette? A mix of textures, materials, and styles is essential along with original art and collected objects from your life's journey. Whether you're styling a coffee table, credenza, or hallway bench, we take you through each piece and the must-have objects you need to achieve a stylish composition.
The coffee table is often referred to as the statement shoe of the room, and with good reason. It has a practical and pretty purpose. Guests can use the space as a rest stop for their beverages and snacks, but it's also the first point of reference for your personal taste, likes, and interests. So only display the books, candles, and objets d'art that really speak to you and communicate who you are in the glance of an eye. Feel free to rotate your book selection seasonally or even weekly, and add a hint of greenery, preferably something hardy.
Organic Modernism Coffee Table ($695)
This timeless midcentury modern design fuses the days of yore with our modern marble obsession.
If you have a narrow hallway, position a simple bench against the wall and layer various mirrors in differing shapes and designs (this is how all the cool people display their art) to really open up the space. Then add in some stylish affordable lighting and a few rare curiosities, and you'll dial up the allure for sure.
Whether it's beside your bed or next to your sofa, the side table is an essential décor item and the ideal place for a stylish vignette. This example in Erin Fetherston's home uses a gold mirrored step-style piece to layer up her items. Lidded decorative boxes with crystal embellished lids are gorgeous-looking and practical—the perfect place to stash your keys, remote controls, and spare change.
The credenza is an essential element to any living room, entry, or hallway. It's at once a practical piece (hello, pretty storage) and a stylish item to display your new purchases, vintage scores, or flea-market finds. Change it up every season, or when you find that special something and want to swap it up. Emily Henderson has some awesome styling tips to change out your credenza too.
Kelly Wearstler Double Chain Link ($1895)
Décor should never be overly serious, so add a whimsical object like this oversize chain link from Kelly Wearstler for a playful addition. Place it on top of an interesting coffee table book for an intriguing focal point. It's also a different way to make your space feel casual and offbeat, not overdone.
Chairish Stone Sumba Head ($1715)
A little history goes a long way when styling a credenza. Since it's usually in a high-frequented area of the home such as the entry, hallway, or living area, there will also be a lot of eyes on this vignette. This is where you place those pieces you've collected on travels overseas or one-offs you found from emerging artists either online or on the road. They're conversation starters and beautiful elements to diversify a contemporary space.