My Design Tip that will Change your Life…

I am often asked how I create appealing displays.

                                      It seems to be something people struggle with…


Whether you have a bookshelf, tabletop or seasonal vignette to create,or even a whole room to design here is a tip I use.


Are you ready?


Triangles are your friend…


What was that Cynthia????

Yes, that ‘s right, and yes, it is that simple…

Triangles are your friend… your best friend… the one you tell all your secrets to and eat ice cream from the container with…

Yup, that’s it.

Triangles are your friend when creating a balanced, attractive display.

The eye likes triangles, they are appealing.

You can use equilateral, scalene or isosceles… remember from grade five geometry?

If you want a formal display stick with equilateral or scalene, they give nice structure and balance.

If you want a more casual look then go with isosceles, displays with this form seem to be more fluid.

Look around at displays you find attractive, chances are you will find a triangle in the overall shape, there may even be several from different perspectives in the room.


Here are a few more examples of my theory at work…


Tips for Creating Pleasing Displays

In this vignette I wanted to centre the pussywillow starburst on the mirror and flow out from it onto the Birdseye maple dresser.

If you would like to see how I made the starburst here is the link, it was a very easy and fun project that took me about 15 minutes to make.

  The triangle theory for creating pleasing displays

There are three triangles at work in this display…

The large one takes in the whole wall and the two table top triangles are more subtle.

They add a layering effect.

The baketable in this example was one of the pieces we bought on our recent auction adventure… if you missed that post you can catch up here… it was a wild nail bitting day and I still giggle with delight every time I walk by that huge mirror!

Enough giggling…

Back to Triangles.

My kitchen has triangles all over it…

how to use triangles in displays

I started drawing them on the photo to show you but had to stop at three to keep it from getting to confusing!  

I change the displays on the open shelves often with my mood and the changing seasons…

I have a ton of fun with it!

For more ideas on open shelving in a kitchen… yes, you guessed it… here is the link! :)


So, try my triangle theory out for your next vignette and let me know how it goes…

If you would like some more inspiration for great display ideas check out my Pinterest board Vignettes.


I am sharing this post at: Best of the Weekend Party , My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia Tuesday Treasures,Tuesdays the scoop,Home{work}Wednesday,


  1. Great tips Cynthia….so much to learn. This one is new to me. I have always been a balanced girl.

  2. Florence Gagnon says:

    I love the triangle idea. I also love your kitchen. I would love to do the pillars in my kitchen to replace the top cupboards. I am sure I would get more use out do the pillar shelves…


  3. Thank you so much for the lesson. I never thought of it that way. An art teacher would tell us to place objects in a small, medium, and large manner, but this totally makes sense.

  4. What a nice lesson. Thank you.

  5. Cynthia, this is a great post! I’m going to go evaluate my book shelves and table tops. ‘-)

  6. Fabulous post and unreal tips. I would love for you to link up to my Inspire Me party that is ongoing.
    Hugs, Marty

  7. WOW, you are so very talented, i wish we lived closer, you would be hired, we are moving into a new home and i cannot decorate for the life of me, haha.

    • Hi Terri,
      Congrats on the new home!! As for hiring me… check out my e-design… we will get that new house in ship shape in a flash!! :)

  8. thanks for reminding me. i did know about triangles once, but its the kind of thing i always forget. these are great examples!

  9. Love these tips! Truly inspired me for my decor around the house!

  10. I love these tips so much – your displays are always amazing!
    And thanks so much for sharing this at our “Best Of The Weekend” party! I am featuring this post tonight when the party goes live at 8PM EST {soon!!}. :)
    Have a great weekend, girl!!

  11. This so true, and this came at a great time. Needed this girl!!! Miss you…enjoy this warm weather hot stuff XO

  12. beautiful spaces. i suck at interior design so i really need these tips!

  13. hmmm…I guess the good thing is that I think I’ve been using triangles without even knowing it! But now i am sure I am going to be obsessed with finding them everywhere I go. Thanks for the tip!

  14. Oh my… great tip… funny thing is I have an area of my house that I just LOVE…I just looked at it to study it if you will and it is a triangle. Going to use this tip from now on.

  15. This is such a great tip Cynthia. I do this but never really thought of it as triangles. Thanks for sharing I’m pinning it.

    • Cynthia says:

      Hi Lisa… I am not surprised to hear you say you do it unconsciously… I loved you bathroom makeover BTW… beautiful!!

  16. Well what da ya know! Geometry has a purpose in my life after all!
    Love this post and especially that you added some photos as examples! Wonderful ~
    All Things Heart and Home

  17. What a great tip! I had never thought about triangles. My mom was a geometry teacher and I think she’ll get a kick out of this.

  18. Excellent, excellent advice! It’s a great reminder.

  19. I am more of an octagon girl … but seriously, you always have the best displays! Here’s to triangles – as long as I don’t have to take any math tests!

  20. Cynthia, wow, this is going to be so helpful to the design-challenged (I am on the top of that list!) Thank you SO much for sharing at Best of the Weekend, pinning to our party board and will be sharing on my FB page tomorrow. Happy Sunday!

    • Cynthia says:

      Happy Sunday to you Cindy!
      I learned about triangles many years ago when I was displaying windows in stores… it always amazed me how people would walk right by a big easy to get to display of a product and demand the one I was using for the window display… It just goes to show that it isn’t just how attractive the item is but how appealing the environment it is placed in is…
      Thank you for sharing on your FB page! I appreciate that very much!!!

  21. Oh Cynthia, you’re brilliant! Now I have to go look for triangles in my home – thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • Cynthia says:

      Hi Heather,
      I am so glad you are going to try my little trick!! Let me know how it goes for you!

  22. Never thought of it that way. Thanks so much for the tips!

  23. This is a great tip… I love the triangle idea, it makes perfect sense.


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