Get a Dynamic Home with Diagonals, Zig-zag, and Angular Lines. Your answer for energy in your home.

Updated: Feb 23, 2020

Learn how Diagonal lines affect you, your home, your art

Part 3 of a 4-part series

In the elements of interior design, there are 4 types of LINES:

  • Horizontals, Straight and parallel.

  • Wavy, Curved, Circular.

  • Zig-zag Diagonals.

  • Verticals, up and down.

The patterns and prominence of these lines embody your home, affecting your mood, mindset.


DIAGONALS have greater power than the soft energy of the wavy,curvy and circular lines.


Angular and Diagonal lines suggest movement, energy, and action! There is always something going on!  Human interest is usually sustained longer with diagonal lines than with straight lines, probably due to the fact that the eye and mind are so stimulated.


However, too many diagonal lines, particularly on a wall, can be overstimulating and tiresome. 

Compare the above photograph with the painting below, with its soft, S-shape diagonal making it quieter than sharper diagonals.

The meandering path contently leads your eye into the art.


2. Zigzag lines are lines that proceed by sharp turns in alternating directions, forming a regular or irregular pattern.  A set of regular zigzag lines is called a chevron or herringbone pattern.  These lines can add energy, life and excitement to an interior.  




The sharp, crisp edge of a diagonal grabs attention. Greater urgent movement is achieved from the sharp peaks and valleys of diagonals. These oblique thrusts will compel attention. They can have cutting, slashing, rushing effects that create strong visual drama. Think of the jagged mountain peaks of the Rockies.



Diagonal lines add volume to a space, and make it feel larger depending on how they’re used.


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You can also use diagonal lines to create a smooth transition from a space with vertical lines to one with horizontal lines. (Piet Mondrian)

Tip: Place for Dynamic Home Decor with Diagonal, Angular, Zig-Zag Lines:


Your room with the big screen TV begs for the added zing of diagonals. It is the perfect room for the energy of these sharp peaks.


For review, in the elements of interior design, there are 4 types of LINES

  • Horizontals, Straight and parallel.

  • Wavy, Curved, Circular.

  • Zig-zag Diagonals.

  • Verticals, up and down.

The Power of LINES make home decor happen!

Determine how you want to feel in a room and go for it!


Click this link to read Part 4 of this 4-part series: the Powerful Thrust of Verticals