Are you challenged when it comes to arranging accessories? Do you look at details in decorating magazines and marvel at how everything looks just right? Many people think the final touches are the most difficult part of home decor, but they don’t have to be. There are all kinds of tips and tricks of the trade.
One of the simplest design tips I can offer is the use of letter formations to organize interesting accessory vignettes. I’m calling on my background in visual art and floral arrangement to offer you this advice. Other decorators may have different ways of describing their approach.
The most useful letters for designing vignettes are …. A, V, O, C, L, and M.
This is a very tight A line of design. The visual height is always through the middle and the base is wider, but the bottom width can vary. My eye wants to see something slightly taller than the dish – a sphere would be lovely here. Perhaps the owner is like me, always looking for just the right object to finish a room.
You don’t often find C lines of design and they are the most obvious when there’s only one object banked by something that is circular as with the mirror and twigs. Your eye just wants to make that sweep. But sometimes it is the placement of objects that creates a C sweep with the largest object placed at the beginning of the C as in the photo above.
Some designers may argue this is a classic V formation but I would disagree because the mirror causes the eye to move in a circular fashion around the display. The lamps are taken in with that sweep.
Another symmetrical O line of design. The base is set so broadly that your eye just wants to do the circular movement around the objects. The three rounded shapes add to the circular movement.
Another very strong O line of design. It is even more obvious when you have a narrow base.
The requirement for an L line of design is a very tall object placed on the edge of the design with a broad base. Of course you can also reverse the L. If the hurricanes were taller I would call the vignette above a V.