I’ve asked a hand full of talented people to each write a guest post for the blog to keep you entertained while I’m off enjoying life on a white sandy beach in Thailand. First up is Gitte Christensen.
Gitte Christensen is a freelance interior stylist and designer based in Copenhagen. She’s running the sustainable webshop and blog Objects & Use. Her favourite topics are sustainable living, design and green plants. I have the pleasure of knowing Gitte in person and she is as nice a person as she is a great stylist. I’ve asked Gitte to share her best styling tips with us.
How to make a personal Stilleben – 5 guidelines
A ”Still life”, ”nature morte” or ”Stilleben” – all names for objects in a small cluster you can have in your home, in the window sill, on the shelves or at small side tables.
There are some guidelines I use myself, when making a stilleben, that I will share with you in this blog post.
Use colours that are tonal. I used ceramics in blue and green tones, with a nice colour match. I collect ceramic vases and try to find blue and green ones at markets etc. – then I know they will match those I already have at home.
I like to use new and old things together, the book ”Art versus Design” is new and was my inspiration for this setting.
A variation in heights of the objects is good for the eye flow.
Adding a green plant makes it more cozy and homie, and it feels less styled up. Also a little vase with a single flower can sum up the colourstory really nice.
A stilleben can be really simple – 3 objects together is better than 2 or 4.
In this little setting I colourmatched from the ViSSEVASSE poster of Dragør – and I added a light pink toned plantholder
Add a plat to make the stilleben more green – I like plants a lot! Again the tones match the graphic poster
Look what happens when another object is added:
5 objects together looks more natural and is more interesting to look at.
A group of 3 and a group with 2 things put together. The plants are great to use – I often move my plants around my home.
To sum up:
5 tips for making Stillebens:
- Use tonal colours
- Use old and new things together to inspire you
- Use objects with variations in height
- Add green plants
- Use 3 or 5 objects together – an uneven number is good for the eye
Stay tuned – there are more guest posts to come this week.
Photos and styling: Gitte Christensen.© that nordic feeling
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