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Trends: A Love Triangle With Decor8

Aug 30, 2010

by decor8 handmade and vintage goods

Holly_bio.jpgHolly Becker is the editor and founder of the inspirational design and decorating blog decor8, drawing 35,000 worldwide readers daily. She has been blogging since January 2006, and we’re particularly fond of her weekly column called Etsy Take Five Tuesdays. She is also a weekly columnist at Real Simple magazine online and also founded Blogging Your Way, a series of online workshops about creative blogging, writing from the heart, and making a blog a personal reflection of your own style and taste. Holly demonstrates her support of independent designers by promoting their work and shopping from them.

“I ran into Isosceles. He had a great idea for a new triangle!” — Woody Allen

Triangle motifs are hot — have you noticed? Lots of designers are incorporating them into their products, from wallpaper to rugs, fabric to fashion. You can find this popular polygon popping up in subtle applications, as well as big and bold swatches. Of course, whenever there is a trend, Etsy sellers are all over it. I like to see how creators interpret trends such as this, as well as the surfaces they’re applying these patterns to — fabric, ceramic, canvas, paper and wood. From equilateral to scalene, isosceles to obtuse and beyond, you can find triangles being worked from many different “angles.” I’ve collected some of my favorites from talented Etsy sellers. Enjoy!


[la amazonia necklace by spinthread, end of my rope by prettylittlethieves, LIFE OF THINGS archival print by treasurefrey, Passport Cover by stiksel, Itchy Back – Limited Edition print by charmaineolivia,triangle mountain dog print by Demofia, hand screen printed tea towels by juliepeach, and Prism 4, 8X10 Art Print by thepairabirds]

What trends are you noticing? Tell us in the comments below!

Guest Curator Posts | More Triangles on Etsy


  • WigArcher

    WigArcher said 10 years ago

    Hmm, triangles... why not? I'll them myself. :)

  • WigArcher

    WigArcher said 10 years ago

    I'll *try* them myself. Lost a word...

  • blueroompottery

    blueroompottery said 10 years ago

    Nice article! I actually love triangles, endless geometric possibilities! :>)

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 10 years ago

    There is so much beauty to be found in all these pretty geometric patterns - love the color selections here!

  • lorilooms

    lorilooms said 10 years ago

    I luv em in mosaics...but can't make em in my scarves! ;)

  • loopinloop

    loopinloop said 10 years ago

    Interesting and beautiful article! I love some of your picks! I often use triangles in my own work! Thanks for sharing!

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 10 years ago

    Love the Woody Allen quote. Geometrics is my cup of tea.

  • buysomelove

    buysomelove said 10 years ago

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the patterns! Gives jewelry & art a whole new look. :)

  • threedeluxe

    threedeluxe said 10 years ago

    I love triangles as you can tell

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 10 years ago

    Those patterns are wonderful!

  • mcldrygoods

    mcldrygoods said 10 years ago

    Loving this. I really enjoy how the strong geometry of the triangle segues so well with the organic shapes.

  • martice

    martice said 10 years ago

    love them!!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 10 years ago

    Lovely article ! thanks so much !

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 10 years ago

    Trinagle A3 print adorable :))

  • betsy3

    betsy3 said 10 years ago

    Great article!! I love all!

  • manvsgeorge

    manvsgeorge said 10 years ago

    Very these picks!

  • mette

    mette said 10 years ago

    gorgeous! i love them all - and so many of my favourite shops ♥

  • poplovedesigns

    poplovedesigns said 10 years ago

    Amazing, I didn't even know it was a trend right now, but we're working on a new design made up entirely of triangles! Go Pythagoras! <3 Andrea

  • VeronicaRStudio

    VeronicaRStudio said 10 years ago

    Lovely! I love all the items featured and the geometry of the triangles themselves... Everything is great, thank you!

  • janellelile

    janellelile said 10 years ago

    I love the trend for geometry! It feels trendy but not just a fad that will look silly in a couple years.

  • allthingswhite

    allthingswhite said 10 years ago

    great picks! decor8 is my favorite design blog- love it.

  • siiso

    siiso said 10 years ago

    Beautiful form!

  • MGMwedding

    MGMwedding said 10 years ago

    Great article.Thank you Holly :) xo Marianna from Hungary

  • myhobbyshop

    myhobbyshop said 10 years ago

    sweet - love all the picks!!

  • fieldtrip

    fieldtrip said 10 years ago

    oooh great picks from holly! so many new to me finds here. bookmarking :)

  • debdeanart

    debdeanart said 10 years ago

    Thought provoking! Haven't used triangles in my designs, but I think it'll be fun to experiment with them...I've been wanting to take a new direction with my tiles and some pendants....thanks for the inspiration!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 10 years ago

    Great finds Holly! I've been a Decor8 reader for quite a while >)

  • svitrolica

    svitrolica said 10 years ago

    I love triangles - I even have a painting in my shop that ((sniff)) is full of them and would've gone so well here!! Oh well!! (;

  • ratgirl

    ratgirl said 10 years ago

    Love this article. I've been playing around with geometrics, including triangles, in some of my new designs. Very inspiring and I love your picks!

  • underthepyramids

    underthepyramids said 10 years ago

    Fabulous finds ! I have quite the â–² obsession, too ! And I love Charmaine Olivia's work, so much ! x x x -mathyld-

  • Creativewithclay

    Creativewithclay said 10 years ago

    Lovely article. I have always been fascinated with geometry. It was my favorite subject in school. Even to this day when I make my handbuilt forms, I see myself with a calcutor calculting angles, radius, perimeter etc.. Math can be fun!

  • NaturalAmber

    NaturalAmber said 10 years ago

    Now my brain is churning... "Big wheels keep on turning...."

  • vivikas

    vivikas said 10 years ago

    Oh I love her blog! Great article. n_n

  • littleloveblue

    littleloveblue said 10 years ago

    love decor8, and always love her picks:)

  • TheEvesLikeUs

    TheEvesLikeUs said 10 years ago


  • notApplicable

    notApplicable said 10 years ago

    This rocks!!

  • StringsnTings

    StringsnTings said 10 years ago

    Wonderful artwork! Thanks for sharing!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 10 years ago

    i love the colorful, neon, geometric shapes!

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques said 10 years ago

    Triangles, Good one. Thanks for sharing,

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 10 years ago

    Fabulous triangles!!!

  • EvenAndy

    EvenAndy said 10 years ago

    Cool triangles! I normally use rectangles and circles but triangles could be a nice change.

  • strawberryskiesart

    strawberryskiesart said 10 years ago

    love this..all of this things are awesome!!!

  • undertheroot

    undertheroot said 10 years ago

    the strongest shape

  • OldTimePickers

    OldTimePickers said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this!

  • lilworkerb

    lilworkerb said 10 years ago

    Very interesting! Nice article.

  • colinduncan

    colinduncan said 10 years ago

    Good thinking! I love this shape. Here's my contribution

  • dafnadagan

    dafnadagan said 10 years ago

    NICE :)

  • PaperBazaar

    PaperBazaar said 10 years ago

    Oh, all you triangle fans should check out my triangle cut-out cards inspired by Swedish 50's design. Nice to see I'm keeping up with the trends (without having a clue I was) But triangles and other geometric shapes never go out of style, do they? :)

  • TipsyTimeMachine

    TipsyTimeMachine said 10 years ago

    Back in Art School I went through a geometric phase, and made a series of prints called "Pythagoras and Euclid". Some great choices! The Folklore Plates are so bright and fun, I've found some new favourites.

  • cutcopycreate

    cutcopycreate said 10 years ago

    love these images - especially some of the jewelry pieces

  • louloudo

    louloudo said 10 years ago


  • birchandbird

    birchandbird said 10 years ago

    Great article and great finds! We love Holly and Decor8...thanks for sharing!

  • missbatch

    missbatch said 10 years ago

    Love Holly, love these picks!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 10 years ago

    This blog reminded me of high school geometry...I would draw in my books making things out of the triangles. I collect triangle quilts. Haha on Woody's pun.

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha said 10 years ago

    Interesting how trends inspire. I love all the finds you listed, very eclectic.

  • heatherfuture

    heatherfuture said 10 years ago

    Go geometry! I'm a triangle lover myself:

  • ApronsAndOveralls

    ApronsAndOveralls said 10 years ago

    Love this article. Awesome finds here!

  • ecozuzu

    ecozuzu said 10 years ago

    love this post! very inspiring. :)

  • heatherfuture

    heatherfuture said 10 years ago

    PS: Decor8 is the loveliest! I am filled with joy whenever I visit. :)

  • jenniferdarezzo

    jenniferdarezzo said 10 years ago

    Love these!!! I am utterly addicted to the Decor8 blog too, so this is very exciting to see Holly find some cool Etsy items!

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 10 years ago

    I'm more of a square girl myself... :)

  • undermyfeet

    undermyfeet said 10 years ago

    Love the finds!

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 10 years ago

    Supper post!

  • WoodPigeon

    WoodPigeon said 10 years ago

    So pretty I love it!

  • SweetlyFallen

    SweetlyFallen said 10 years ago

    Love the finds Holly!

  • ScrapHappyLyrebird

    ScrapHappyLyrebird said 10 years ago

    I thought I had been seeing a lot of these lately! Now to get over my middle school phobia of geometry!

  • WoodlandBelle

    WoodlandBelle said 10 years ago

    Holly, I love your work with Decor8! The angular focus of these finds is particularly striking. Love it!

  • MoonDanceTextiles

    MoonDanceTextiles said 10 years ago

    love those triangles...use them frequently when making quilts...

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons said 10 years ago

    Hard to pick a favourite, they're all so colourful. The triangle cascade necklace is lovely.

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 10 years ago

    Love the shape. Love the colors. Inspirational.

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 10 years ago

    Nice. Love the brooch.

  • aliciablim

    aliciablim said 10 years ago

    Wow! I love everything here! Amazing finds!

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut said 10 years ago

    Inspiring collection! Love the all the colors and use of triangles. Thank you!

  • GloryBDesign

    GloryBDesign said 10 years ago

    Beautiful work, Holly. Thanks for pulling these together for us. Some new inspiration for my design work. Thanks!

  • filofashion

    filofashion said 10 years ago

    So Beautiful !!

  • sensitiveartist

    sensitiveartist said 10 years ago

    I'm normally have a tendency towards circles but am quickly falling in love with triangles.

  • prettylittlethieves

    prettylittlethieves said 10 years ago

    love decor8 and all these triangles! thanks for including me holly! yay!

  • lorenabr

    lorenabr said 10 years ago

    Very interesting! Beautiful!

  • juliepeach

    juliepeach said 10 years ago

    Cool geometry! :)

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 10 years ago

    nice! i love the triangle motif. very pretty.

  • chasedreams

    chasedreams said 10 years ago

    Very nice, I love the clean look of geometric decor.

  • HeyZee

    HeyZee said 10 years ago

    Very nice! I like triangles!

  • bread

    bread said 10 years ago

    really love the treasurefrey print.

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 10 years ago

    beautiful finds {some absolute favourites}. love the woody allen quote too ~

  • liquidstar

    liquidstar said 10 years ago

    Beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration.:)

  • yukarilove

    yukarilove said 10 years ago

    I love triangles.

  • ellemardesigns

    ellemardesigns said 10 years ago

    I seem to use triangles a lot in my art too. What neat items you've featured here - thanks!

  • FernHollowFinds

    FernHollowFinds said 10 years ago

    COOL! I love triangles. I did a triangle treasury on Aug 22nd. Check it out...

  • FernHollowFinds

    FernHollowFinds said 10 years ago

    Very COOL! I love triangles. I did a triangle treasury on Aug 22 called Tune into Triangles

  • PomDecors

    PomDecors said 10 years ago

    Yes, triangles are hot! An aspect of the Memphis revival warming up for next year. Too bad none of the awesome vintage Memphis Group inspired items in Etsy shops were included here.

  • LeafandInk

    LeafandInk said 10 years ago

    Craziness! Autumn Rose uses many geo shapes in her shading of Indie illustrations here at LeafandInk. It is a process that bogles minds at times. If we really take a look around in our world we see thousands & thousands of geometric shapes everywhere. Love triangles! TRIANGLE LOVE!!!

  • CassiopiasCreations

    CassiopiasCreations said 10 years ago

    These are wonderful & creatives ideas...

  • sweetjane

    sweetjane said 10 years ago

    Wow, that is one successful blog! Sounds like you have a great career as a writer!

  • OldBaltimoreVintage

    OldBaltimoreVintage said 10 years ago

    I love triangles too, cool post

  • MaximumBlinds

    MaximumBlinds said 10 years ago

    Oh the fun doodling can lead to!!

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 10 years ago

    Very Cool! Thanks for sharing!

  • incenseNpeppermints

    incenseNpeppermints said 10 years ago

    Telly and his triangle club would love this post! I do too! Thanks

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 10 years ago

    :) love it!

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 10 years ago

    Cool :)

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 10 years ago

    cool :)

  • kmbutterfly

    kmbutterfly said 10 years ago

    I love decor8...I love spinthread...could hardly have a more perfect post!

  • wantsky

    wantsky said 10 years ago

    Im so happy the triangles are catching on, Ive been searching "pyramid" and "geometric" in the search for great etsy finds. Thank you!!

  • witticism

    witticism said 10 years ago

    Very snazzy. I love geometrics and currently am in love with a trapezoid bag I have in my store.

  • perebags

    perebags said 10 years ago

    really cool!

  • paperbubble

    paperbubble said 10 years ago

    Nicely curated! Love EVERYTHING!

  • simpledream2

    simpledream2 said 10 years ago

    What a good read. I am partial to angular quilts, may have to try a triangle design. Thanks for the inspiration. Lisa

  • Ilanaavin

    Ilanaavin said 10 years ago

    Triangles are my favourite doodle. You can fill up any space available with them. No two doodles come out the same !

  • TheCyanPepper

    TheCyanPepper said 10 years ago

    I love the organic treatment of such a geometric shape!

  • maycily

    maycily said 10 years ago

    Simple but awesome!!! Love it.

  • lunaticart

    lunaticart said 10 years ago

    They all seem to be colorful

  • ilgattoselvatico

    ilgattoselvatico said 10 years ago

    great stuff!

  • pipapiep

    pipapiep said 10 years ago

    love it!

  • rakshniyavintage

    rakshniyavintage said 10 years ago

    a lot of lovely items and a great theme. Thanks for sharing with us :)

  • thecottagemarket

    thecottagemarket said 10 years ago

    absolutely adore all of the items! the geometric shape of the triangle is fabulous as it is and then to experience all of these outstanding designs and creations with it is wonderful -- thanks for sharing!

  • SylviaJanssen

    SylviaJanssen said 10 years ago

    Wow, absolutely great design pieces.

  • meadowmuffin2010

    meadowmuffin2010 said 10 years ago

    Love to study how artists get that 3-D look with geometrical designs

  • meadowmuffin2010

    meadowmuffin2010 said 10 years ago

    Love to study how artists achieve that 3-D look with their geometrical designs

  • TheJoyofColor

    TheJoyofColor said 10 years ago

    Love triangles shapes, they always create a tension and anticipation. Your finds are outstanding Thanks for sharing

  • LuxeCoop

    LuxeCoop said 10 years ago

    triangles are hard to pull off, these are great~!

  • tomatored

    tomatored said 10 years ago

    never new geometry could be so fun!

  • littlemoandfriends

    littlemoandfriends said 10 years ago

    just lovely! I love geometrical patterns! They're so mod! xoxo!

  • beevintageredux

    beevintageredux said 10 years ago

    Love love love! Fun finds!

  • teconlene

    teconlene said 10 years ago

    Great triangular collection!

  • FableAndLore

    FableAndLore said 10 years ago

    LOVE it! Geometric patterns are so great. Thanks for sharing!!

  • nomilktoday

    nomilktoday said 10 years ago

    perfect geometry,triangle is my best shape!!!:)

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 10 years ago

    Wow - Holly is one talented and busy lady - impressive! Love the triangles - I hadn't noticed before but they are really cool.

  • thetalkingpaper

    thetalkingpaper said 10 years ago

    I loooovvvveeee all this. LOVE it.

  • kimmae86

    kimmae86 said 10 years ago

    I love triangles!!!

  • Absurdious

    Absurdious said 10 years ago

    I was just looking at a picture of the ancient pyramids and saw the triangle blog. Fantastic shape, super versatile and besides it's so retro!

  • unikprintshop

    unikprintshop said 10 years ago

    does anyone know any good software to create such triangles and shape in patterns?

  • decor8

    decor8 said 10 years ago

    I'm so glad to see this kind of response! Wow! Thank you all very much for taking the time to leave your kind feedback. Often people think leaving a kind word won't matter either way but it really makes a difference to promote support and kindness in our community - we all need a pat on the back for our work, don't we? And for those whom I was not able to highlight here, my deepest apologies - I know how it feel to be overlooked at times and it can hurt and make you think that perhaps your work wasn't good enough to be accepted. Please know that this was not the case here! As everything in life, there was a limit on what I could show and with being such a large marketplace, I did not have time to scour the entire site though I did my best to highlight as much as I could! I wish you all a lovely long weekend coming up (if you are in the states) and I'll meet you back here with more round-ups in the future, I'm sure. I love! xo, Holly

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 10 years ago

    And they said we'd never ever use geometry again! They were wrong! I love all of the patterns and it gives me a ton of ideas!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 10 years ago

    i didn't realize how many artists are using triangles until you posted this. wonderful!!

  • Beast1277

    Beast1277 said 10 years ago

    Very colorful!

  • vintagenurserylamps

    vintagenurserylamps said 10 years ago

    Some gorgeous things you've included here! My favourite is the ceramics by Etsy seller Ninainvorm. What a shame the cost of shipping to Australia is so high :-( Oh well. I'll keep dreaming. Thanks for putting together such a wonderful list of things. ~Meg

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 10 years ago

    The shape and colors are fab!

  • historicalproducts

    historicalproducts said 10 years ago

    love decor8! :)

  • virginiakraljevic

    virginiakraljevic said 10 years ago

    Super article. I heart triangles, too. And I adore Decor8!

  • ElizabethOHara

    ElizabethOHara said 10 years ago

    Love Decor8 and triangles, too - especially all the beautifully colored and painted ones in this articles! Nice

  • nojazzatthealter

    nojazzatthealter said 10 years ago

    oh wow, SUCH an honor to be featured in this edition of the Storque, especially considering my shop is brand new! loving triangles lately, and glad everyone else is too.

  • themefragrance

    themefragrance said 10 years ago

    Seems to go along with the Esty pennant trend.

  • ZenBrush

    ZenBrush said 10 years ago

    how you think of these things!

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 10 years ago

    Great triangles! In general, I've noticed how sweaters are trending loose, long and flowing.. a wonderful trend in my opinion!

  • Unlimitedhmg

    Unlimitedhmg said 10 years ago

    My life is like a triangle love affair! It's not a love triangle, that would be just a bit ironic... but it's just as scandalous! :) Geometry is the Bombetry.

  • dottiemakesmagicards

    dottiemakesmagicards said 10 years ago

    oh yes, triangles are the go to shape! that or circles. seems to be the shape of choice for on the phone doodling. i'll try to work some into my art. nice article!

  • AndrewGableArtist

    AndrewGableArtist said 10 years ago

    Cool, Always enjoy the Hand Drawn Stuff.

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