The One Big Benefit of Crooked Art, Un-Level Shelves & Other Unconventional Design Choices

The One Big Benefit of Crooked Art, Un-Level Shelves & Other Unconventional Design Choices

Taryn Williford
Nov 24, 2015
(Image credit: Rikki Snyder)

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.

(Image credit: Marion Rocher)

Getting a bit of a Wonderland vibe from this Paris apartment from Marion Rocher, with its angled shelf in an angled cubby.

(Image credit: Bethany Nauert)

A dancing gallery wall in Giovan & Chloe's Urban Vintage Loft.

(Image credit: Inge Clemente)

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?

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