Creating still lifes

With a background in decorating and interior design, I love bringing different objects to life. Home styling is both a passion and work for me. I’ll let you in on a few tricks for your own home styling.

One of the first things you learn as a decorator is how to group objects. A group should consist of odd numbers; 3, 5, 7… Furthermore, the objects should be in different heights and somehow related; in colours, texture or theme. Another thing to think of is the triangle; placing the objects so that they form a triangle.

Using these simple rules, you can easily make nice still life displays in your own home.

With only the lamp, this rustic bedroom theme would look a bit naked. I added a couple of vases to make it more interesting:


With only 2 vases on my dining table, I felt the composition was a bit boring. I added a third object (from my little Kähler collection), and placed them on a tray. That way they are more connected to each other even if form and colours are different:



My white corner – by adding another candle, the still life feels more harmonious:



This is a big display, all in the same coulor tones and with different textures. Two minor groups are connected through the lamp in the middle, the lamp being the highest point of the triangle:


 Have fun counting and rearranging!


Text and photos by Ann-Kristin Øvreeide, April 2015

Ann-Kristin Øvreeide has a true passion for interior, styling and photography. Learn more about Ann-Kristin and her work on her website Mint by Me

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