If you're already getting an eye twitch at the idea of a crooked picture frame, then perhaps "casually off-kilter" isn't the look for you. It's not for a lot of people, actually. But there is actually one big advantage to sloppy little design details like crooked frames and un-level shelves.
Diagonal Lines Convey a Sense of Energy
They teach students this in art school: If you want to give your composition energy and movement, inject a diagonal line somehow. It's true for a photograph, and it's true for the style landscape of your home, as well.
A gallery of tilted frames is the visual equivalent of a chorus of dancers moving in a thousand ways at once. And it's rather impressive how one angled shelf can alter the balance of an entire room. The smallest details, when given an opportunity to go a bit wonky, can manage to give a space major life and energy. Just check out these rooms...
Above: Messy rows of frames in a New England farmhouse from Houzz.
Getting a bit of a Wonderland vibe from this Paris apartment from Marion Rocher, with its angled shelf in an angled cubby.
A dancing gallery wall in Giovan & Chloe's Urban Vintage Loft.
The shadowboxes in this London flat from photographer Inge Clemente have been thrown off just a bit to give the room a major boost of vibrancy.
What do you think? Love it, or not quite the look for you?