Every seasonal vignette needs varied texture. This one addition to your holiday vignette will elevate your decor, making it more visually interesting by adding depth and dimensionality. Texture is one of the simplest ways to improve your seasonal vignette.
What do I mean by texture?
In most basic terms, texture is how things feel or at least how they are perceived to feel. Just think about the difference between a soft fleece throw and a silky sheet. You can both see and feel the difference between the fuzzy fleece and smooth silk.
In this way, texture contributes to the feeling of your seasonal decor. Smooth textures will make a vignette seem sleek and bright, while rougher textures often create a feeling of coziness.
Take a look at my seasonal vignette. Do you notice the various textures?
Varied texture is important to create contrast between elements, so that the decorations within your vignette stand out. Just imagine this wagon filled with nothing but pumpkins. Your eye would have trouble focusing and probably just glaze over, leaving you with the impression of one orange-ish glob. Not very interesting, right?
Add in berries, grapevine orbs, silky ribbon, and straw, all elements with different textures, and you have a much more visually stimulating display. Color, of course, is pivotal to creating visual interest here as well, but don’t discount the role of texture. Even if you only added straw to nestle the pumpkins, it would help break up the smooth surfaces.
Adding texture to a seasonal vignette is such an easy thing to do. As you put your decorations together just take note of the surfaces. Are all of your decor elements smooth, rough, soft, hard, etc.? Then think about the way you group these surfaces together.
You can put opposite textures together for more contrast or make a more gradual transition between surfaces, depending on what your vignette needs or the mood you want. In my grapevine wreath, I added fall colored oak leaves to either side of the orange ribbon. This helped ease the transition from wiry branches to smooth ribbon.
If you find that you need to add texture, use nature. Grab some straw to nestle pumpkins. Cut some branches for a vase. Introduce flowers, holly sprigs, or fern fronds to a mantle. Moss, rocks, seashells, and feathers are other wonderful natural elements that add texture.
Too much Texture
Now, don’t go texture crazy. Too many variations in texture will be chaotic and unsettling to the eye. As a general rule, try to use 2 or 3 distinct textures in any given vignette.
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