Make a Scene

Vignette: a brief scene; architectural ornamentation; any small, pleasing view; tableau

By Clara Reid

Adding accessories to our rooms and  creating details where none existed adds layers and interest to a room.

Vignettes can build on a well-designed home when we add personal, artistic touches. Just as in good design, a good vignette takes into account color, height, theme, texture and mood.

Small tableaus can be changed with the seasons, or to display different collections. They are outlets for displaying treasures from travels, adventures, interests and personality in an orderly fashion. They can be antidotes to clutter. No one wants to pile the newspaper and mail on a collection of Venetian glass. And instead of spreading the Venetian glass throughout the house, displaying it in one scene creates an impression and brings order to the collection.

A vignette can be a large empty corner that becomes home to a chair, reading lamp and table, or a bold statement on the entry hall table that sets the tone for the entire house. Vignettes are the way we create a fresh view for ourselves in a room that’s lost its thrill, without completely remodeling or calling in the crew we waved goodbye to only a couple of years ago.

Go ahead, make a scene.

A rich, earthy green—used on the walls, in the silk stripe on the armchair, on the beaded green throw pillow, in the rug and in the stem of Amaryllis—unifies this sophisticated corner. Stacked books and a small photo add personal touches. The Amaryllis echoes the theme of the still life painting. Interior Designer: Paula Bennett, Paula Bennett Interior Design, Denver, 303.733.0344 |

Traditional furnishings create an intimate setting in a light-filled corner formed by two sets of 15-pane French doors and a mullioned casement window. A blue and yellow color scheme with accents in shades of red help unify the setting. Interior Designer: Jean Warren, Perspectives Interior Design, Denver, 720.200.6777 |

Metallic and high gloss finishes, along with shimmering light, compose an Asian-inspired vignette on a console hall table. The design also incorporates the double doors painted a high-gloss gray to the left of the table. Interior Designer: Jennifer Medoff, Dragonfly Designs, Denver, 970.218.4006 |