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5 Ideas for a Stylish Tabletop Vignette

Spruce up your tabletop like a pro with these tips from interior designer Martina Bautista

Photography: Paolo Feliciano (Main Photos)

Have you always loved looking at lovely vignettes and chic tabletops in stores? These setups are well-curated and stylish—showcasing different elements that complete a theme. 

If you're planning to create one for your space, you can do so easily! A vignette can serve as an anchor of a plain console or dining table. Interior designer Martina Bautista shares these five helpful tips. 

Make use of pieces that you have

When it comes to styling an empty table, you don’t have to go beyond your budget! All you have to do is find stylish pieces that you already have and work on how you can layer them properly.

“It’s good to play around with what you already have for a personal touch. If you love the beach, incorporate souvenir seashells in your setup. There are countless things that you can do," Martina shares.

Styling by Sunshine Selga Funa. Assisted by Dagny Madamba. Photographed by Paolo Feliciano.

Take risks

Experiment with different looks by working with different materials! Mix and match a few items and see if it works with your home's style.

“Just because all your accessories are made from glass, does not mean you can't place a woven basket or wooden bowl in between,” Martina explains.

Photo by Dairy Darilag.

Use plants

Instead of putting too many accessories on your table, you can play around with potted plants!

“If you don’t have time to maintain herbs, I suggest getting succulents. Succulents are not only pretty, they also need minimal attention,” Martina suggests.

Photo by Paolo Feliciano.

Play with different layers

Avoid using accessories with the same height. It’s best to use vases, sculptures, or even frames with different shapes and proportions so you can layer them properly. According to Martina, it’s nice to elevate other items, but make sure you stick to an odd number of items per table. 

Photo by Toto Labrador.

Check every angle

Once you’ve styled your tabletop, be sure that you look at the setup from different angles. Check from the left, right, bottom, and from the top!

“It’s easy to get caught up with the way something looks like from one point of view. It may work in photos, but not so much in everyday life," Martina shares.

Photo by Paolo Feliciano.

Martina Bautista is an interior designer and stylist. You can see more of her work on her blog and Instagram page

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