The silhouette has come a long way since its 18th-century origins - these fine figures now adorn everything from pillows to plates. - Caroline Tiger

Lay down your head
A trio of profiles is striking on a Natural Line Silhouette Pillow ($40). Available at lepapierstudio.com.

Flower power
The graphic 3-by-5-foot Silhouette Flower Printed Rug ($34) makes a bold statement in a small space. Available at Urban Outfitters, 1627 Walnut St. and urbanoutfitters.com.

Memory keeper
Take a snapshot in time of a loved one via Jessica Rust's Silhouette China ($120 per plate). Available at rustdesigns.com.

Familiar stickup
The sky's the limit with these Custom Silhouette Wall Decals (starting at $40) - from a company that allows you to turn a someone into wall art or memorialize the whole crew. Available at simplysilhouettes.com.

Pretty perch
Add cheer to any room with the Orange Chair Silhouette print ($25), one in Florida-based artist Anne Harwell's colorful series of antique and designer chairs. Available at etsy.com/shop/ annechovie.

Sexy silhouettes
Find the forest nymphs rising from the leaves in SUM Design's Floral Femme Fatale Silhouette Wallpaper ($155 per panel). Available at Colonial Wallpaper, 707 E. Passyunk Ave.

Tool time
These vivid "Kitchen" Tea Towels ($20) look like childhood primers on kitchen tools. Available at branchhome.com.

Caroline Tiger is a Philadelphia writer. Visit her design blog at www.carolinetiger.com/design-phan.