How To Decorate For Fall With Vignettes + Step By Step Directions To Create One

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Did you know that there’s an art to creating a vignette?  Creating a fall themed one for your home is simple to do when you follow these designer tips and tricks!

If you’re wondering how to decorate for fall, then vignettes are your best friend!  Any designer will tell you, that the right vignette will make a room look more polished and pulled together.

how to decorate for fall and directions for creating a vignette

Vignettes are one of my favorite ways to decorate for fall!  Because it can be the very first thing to catch someone’s eye as they enter as room, you want to make sure it’s done correctly.  Right?  It’s really very simple!

While I firmly believe that there are no hard and fast rules, following these guidelines will make it easier to create that perfect little vignette in your own home.

THINK OF THE VIGNETTE AS A STILL LIFE

In this case, a still life is a work of fall art that you’ll be displaying somewhere in your home.  It will be an arrangement of inanimate objects grouped in a way that’s pleasing to the eye, where composition is key.  All of the tips below will teach you about what goes into a beautifully composed still life.

FARMHOUSE FALL DINING ROOM

directions for how to create a fall vignette

VIGNETTES OFTEN LOOK BEST ON A BASE

I recommend placing a specifically themed vignette, such as fall themed ones that we’re discussing here, on a base of some sort.  Usually a tray or a basket works best.  This will give the display importance and create unity.

A BEAUTIFUL FALL COLOR PALETTE IN MY FAMILY ROOM

Directions for creating a vignette and how to decorate for fall

CREATE MOVEMENT WITH VARIOUS HEIGHTS

Using objects of varying heights within your vignette will create movement.  Taller items cause the eye to pause for a moment as your vision moves across the display.

directions for how to decorate for fall with vignettes

CHOOSE OBJECTS TO SUPPORT THE FALL THEME

The objects that you use don’t have to scream fall.  You don’t even have to use any pumpkins, pinecones or Indian corn.  What you do need to use are objects that reflect fall with their texture and color.

RUSTIC FALL DECOR

round bread board with fall decorations

DISPLAY OBJECTS IN ODD NUMBERS

This is an age old decorating rule that you’ve probably heard many times.  It’s repeated so often because it’s true!  Groups of three or five objects work best and are visually stronger than a group of two or four.

DECORATING FOR FALL WITH COPPER

directions for how to decorate for fall with vignettes

WORK FROM BACK TO FRONT

Even though the objects in your vignette are contained on a basket or tray, create a sense of depth and dimension by having some objects forward and others more to the back.

When figuring out how to decorate for fall, it’s important to think about the angle that the vignette will be viewed from the most when deciding where each object should go.

tips for how to decorate for fall with vignettes

MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE TEXTURE

This is another oft repeated rule of decorating.  The use of only flat or shiny surfaces creates a look of harshness.  Nothing inviting about that!  Mix some shiny with some rough to add the most interest.

Include items in your vignette of various shapes and materials.  Curvy items, foliage, weathered wood and wicker are all great sources of texture.

RUSTIC FARMHOUSE FALL MANTEL

directions for how to decorate with fall with vignettes

THE TRICK TO USING SOMETHING TINY

If you’re like me, you’ve managed to collect numerous small objects over time that are too small to use on their own.  Well, a vignette is the perfect way to display some of your favorites!  Simply place the small object on a stack of books or a box that you’ve included in the arrangement.

This vignette on this set of shelves includes several small elements – tiny pinecones, small pumpkins and a salt and pepper shaker set.  They would be lost on their own, but they look just right placed on top of or within another object.

KISS FALL DECORATING AND MY OPEN FARMHOUSE SHELVES

rustic shelves with fall decorations

When figuring out how to decorate for fall, it should be fun, not stressful.  So, remember, if you love it, you’re doing something right!

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18 Comments

  1. Love your dough bowl and that you put cotton twigs in it. I have been looking for the right one that doesn’t cost a fortune. Your fall posts are very inspiring.

    1. Lucy Beliveau says:

      This is the 2nd time tonight that I commented…hope it’s ok!! I just had to tell you how much I love your dough bowl and all all of its fun, fall contents! The cotton is such a funky addition!! Love it!!

      All of your vignettes are amazing! I always love what you’ve done so I continue to check back with regularly!!
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      1. LOL, Lucy! You don’t need to apologize for commenting – I love hearing from everyone! Glad you’ve been able to find some inspiration!

  2. Linda Leone says:

    I am not sure how I came upon Worthing Court, but I am now a new subscriber and already addicted to the site. It the rest of the posts are as wonderful as what I have viewed for fall, I wll be very delighted to have found this site.

  3. Pam Ballard says:

    Thanks for so much inspiration. You have inspired me today to get busy fall decorating. Happy Sunday!

  4. It is all so very lovely and inspiring!

  5. Terri landschoot says:

    Where did you purchase the cotton stems? They look so full. Any that I have seen are anorexic:). Just started following your blog and love your “kiss” style!
    Terri

    1. Hi Terri. I ordered mine from Grandin Road a few years ago. I found these online: http://rstyle.me/~8WSl9 . I can’t guarantee anything in terms of fullness, but they look like mine and sound like mine too, based on the description.

  6. That iron candle thing-y in the urn on the porch is AWESOME!!!

  7. I have been trying to look at your site….perhaps doing something wrong, but the worthing court header is taking up so much screen that I can not see much…?

    1. Hi Jillian. I’m sorry that you’re having a problem with my header! It’s supposed to get much, much smaller as you scroll down. Have you tried clearing your cache?

  8. Fall is my favorite season, thanks for the beautiful inspirations!

  9. Love all your Fall decorating ideas!! I was going to ask about the cotton stems as well but saw your reply to another guest in the comments. Thank you – I am going to order some today!!

  10. Loving the rustic Farmhouse mantle! The colors are just beautiful!

  11. All your posts are just beautiful, and I look forward to seeing them everyday! Question: Where did you get your blue Autumn
    pillow with pumpkins on it?

    1. Hi Debbi. It’s a pillow cover, that I ordered from Amazon. It looks like it’s still available and here’s the link to it: http://fave.co/2gouHhd

  12. Suzy, what a great tutorial for creating vignettes! I love to use them throughout my home to add seasonal touches. You are absolutely right that it adds a designer touch to your home. Corralling items in a vignette keeps it from looking like clutter scattered all over the house. Thank you for the for the beautiful fall inspiration. You have a beautiful blog!

  13. Your Fall decor is so beautiful! The pig I. The wreath makes my heart smile. Happy Fall!