March 5, 2012

Kitchen Vignettes

In the world of design magazines and Pinterest, the vignette has become a quick way to highlight visual interest in just a small area or corner of a room. Vignette is actually a word usually associated with the literary or theatrical world – meaning a small scene or brief episode within a larger context.  Vignetting in design takes the literary concept and applies it to create small scenes in design that tell a larger picture of the whole.  Vignettes are quite fun to work with as they present an an opportunity to combine elements that one might have in their collections to create a larger visual design story.  Additionally, it is perfectly acceptable to change things out in a vignette periodically, thus allowing the opportunity to rotate pieces of collections into the stories created.

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Personally, I have a difficult time with design vignettes as I rarely remember to change things out and then by the time I do, I’m too afraid of change to do anything about it.  Also, I don’t like dusting things and vignettes seem to be an invitation to clutter.  That said, one easy place to set up a vignette is the kitchen because usually what’s out on the counter is something you need anyway…might as well make it look pretty, right?  Here are some lovely kitchen vignettes I have been inspired by lately.

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Notice anything about the counter space above and below?  Yup..it’s the same kitchen – a great example of how changing out a few elements can transform a small corner.

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I had to include this vignette even though it isn’t actually IN the kitchen since it does include some pretty ubiquitous kitchen elements.  Vintage bowls, canisters, muffin tins and pitchers paired with wood trays, silver ware, glass bottles and some art?  Yes please!!

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One Response to “Kitchen Vignettes”

  1. Will @ Bright.Bazaar Says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:55 am

    I really like that weathered ‘lunch’ sign.