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BRIANA: Happy Valentine’s Day, folks! Let’s discuss Cupid’s weapon of choice, the arrow. Seems like they’re equally popular as a motif and actual styling item these days. What do you think? Are you in love with arrows or do they miss the mark?

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Photo: Jeff Romaniuk

KELLY SMITH TRIMBLE: Best example:

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I think they’re a fun way to direct the eye and give a design an overt focal point.

LIZ: …and a fun way to direct the eye to the important things in life. Like hot chocolate.

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Photo: Jeff Romaniuk

ALYSSA: I like arrows because they don’t scream Valentine’s Day. They work year-round and aren’t instinctively masculine or feminine. Plus, I’ve been eyeing that necklace for quite some time.

NANCY FIRE, Design Director of HGTV HOME: I too love the arrow trend, especially when it looks handmade and sculptural. These spoons would make any table setting unique and beautiful!

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MARIANNE: I have been obsessed with arrows ever since I was a kid (I begged for a real bow and arrow), so the recent upswing in popularity is super appealing. I am a fan of them in typography in particular, and if I ever got a tattoo it would be a tiny arrow.

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ampersand by Dajana B. Strong

KAYLA: I totally agree, Marianne. I get that they’re super trendy, but I love ‘em.


LIZ: I especially love them in typography, too. That being said, there can be too much of a good thing.  A few arrows > many arrows.

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Print: Print It Forward

MARIANNE: Those are…aggressive.

CATHERINE BLUBAUGH, HGTV HOME STUDIO intern: I just love arrows because there are so many interpretations of them – fun and playful, more serious/literal, masculine, feminine, etc. The wide variety of ways to apply them (crafts, typography, jewelry, etc.) also adds to their appeal. My fave examples:
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Tattly arrows by Wesley Stuckey

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Photo: Designlovefest

LEANNE: Hunger Games 2 (and HG1) have made archery popular again. Arrows put the immediacy of pop culture in a design.

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Photo: Murray Close

LIZ:

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Mockingjay pin via DeviantART

LEANNE: And don’t forget: Claes Oldenburg elevated the arrow from cliche to classic in 2002 with his public art piece Cupid’s Span in San Francisco.

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Photo: Xavier de Jauréguiberry

DAVID HAYNES: And from elsewhere on the artistic spectrum, a classic of a different sort, another roadside attraction in Arizona.

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I have to say, the arrow can make for one powerful visual.

KERI: I’m so torn about this trend. I love all the arrow items I see, but I have been fighting hard not to buy anything arrow related. I try (often failing) not to wear or decorate with anything too trendy, but I may be ready to end my battle against arrows. It’s just such a cute motif. I might even let myself get away with these awesome DIY feather arrows (…in a Mason jar. Two trends at once: Yikes!).

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Photo: FP Brigette via Free People

FARIMA: I’m going to get really cheesy here, but I love the look and meaning behind arrows. “An arrow can only be shot forward by pulling it backward. So when life drags you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great. Keep aiming.” – Author unknown

HANNAH SLAUGHTER: Lately, I’ve really loved seeing arrows (abstract or literal) in quilt designs… I’ve noticed them popping up in the design community ever since we redesigned DHapp, but these quilts are a beautiful, modern way to bring them into the home…

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Anthropologie Isleta Duvet Cover

ALYSSA: I just came back from Paper Source and lookie what I found! (Sorry for the poor iPhone photos.)
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JESSICA: I’m late to the party, but I love arrows! They’re my go-to doodle. I’ve had my eye on this arrow shelf for quite a while.

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Also, apparently today while we were grabbing lunch, Mallory and I strolled by Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad. Wish someone would have been there to toss me one of Cupid’s arrows…

KAYLA: I’ll say it again, Jessica: We’re no longer friends.

We aimed our sights at arrows, now tell us what YOU think:

10 Responses

  1. lindahahnmclean says:

    I took Archery lessons back in 1965 when our school offered specialized classes during the summer….when The Hunger Games trilogy came out, I must have read them 10 times each before I ever saw the first movie !!! Love the arrow as a design motif !!!

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  3. arrowfinder says:

    I just realize I have been using arrows and arrow motifs more often than I ever thought. Lately, I started to learn about archery, oh yea one reason is I want to learn it after watching the hunger games.

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Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...

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