Sunday, February 19, 2012

Obsession: Eclectic Gallery Walls


I don't write a lot about home decor on this blog, partly because my mom and sister have that pretty well covered and partly because it's not playing a major role in my life at the moment. I do, however, adore interior design and spend plenty of time lusting over magazine photos and pinning away onto my "home inspiration" pinterest board!

I have a slight obsession with gallery walls. Always have. Always will. It's one of those things that I think are unlikely to ever "go out of style". Unless, of course, art becomes obsolete (so, yeah, never.). 

I love all different styles of gallery walls, but am particularly drawn to the more eclectic, mismatched, rustic, haphazard ones. Something about them just screams personality and tend to be rich with history or often tell a dramatic story. 

I recently helped work on a gallery wall for a bathroom at my mom's house (pictured below). It's a bit quirky, but what I love about it is the meaning it has to us. We've always been thoroughly amused by funny or ridiculous animals. Some of the art we chose because we simply found it hilarious, some were sentimental pictures or quotes from childhood books, and others were of family pets. The story that wall tells every time we see it is what makes it extra special. 

The Inspired Room 

Obviously a more eclectic look isn't for everyone, but it just gets me every time. I once threw a bunch of framed art and other random things onto my own wall (pictured in my blog header). I haven't been absolutely thrilled with the results (still a little too uniform for my taste and just not quite "right" yet) and so I am planning on tweaking it until it suits me better. But, hey, it's a start! And the best part about this style is that there's no particular formula to creating "the perfect gallery wall". It's really a matter of personal preference. 

Here's a roundup of some of my favorites that I could literally stare at/swoon over all day:

Mille Notti
Emily Henderson
House & Home
Peacock Pavilions via Parlour
Tori Mellott's Apartment from Sept '08 issue of Domino Magazine.


Niina - It seems pretty obvious. said...

I understand your obsession! I love these kind of creative walls as well! I'll have a wall like this someday :) so inspirational!

Allie said...

I LOVE gallery walls! I can't wait to put in one or two in my house next year!

Agnesit said...

nice blog!

would u like to follow each others?

diary of this girl - megan said...

wow! these are amazing! i have an awkward blank space in my apartment hallway, and this would be perfect!!

miki said...

I LOVE those walls. I am working on my own gallery wall right now, and am trying not to do any pictures. I want it to be things instead. I seriously do love them.

Kirsten & Ryan said...

agreed, i love gallery walls. seriously. i really want to start one in our home, just haven't had the time yet, but i love all of these.


Jane said...

I am OBSESSED with the room from Lonny. I stumbled upon it a year ago and I liked it so much it was my desktop background for a bit.
I love the dark teal walls and yellow bedframe and of course the gallery wall. TO. DIE. FOR.

Kim said...

I know how you feel. I'm obsessed with gallery walls liken no other...

found the route

Gelianne Alba said...

would love to have a wall like that in my house too! cute.

love your blog! hope you'd drop by my blog and support/follow it too :)

from your newest follower,

Lena said...

hi!i like your blog! we may follow each other it u want! i'll be very happy!) thank u)

Victoria said...

I can totally relate, I have been thinking about how to redo my room. And I think I found it!!!!!!! I am s u p e r excited to be your newest follower!
Have a fun Monday (:
Biggest love,
Victoria from Unlock Your World

jas said...

stunning gallery inspiration!

Melu103 said...

oh god i love gallery walls!
its my dream to buy a house
and have a two floor so i can
decorate the wall on the stairs
with a billion pictures haha

i love how your mom's bathroom
turned out ♥


Stephanie said...

I LOVE the gallery walls. I'm working on putting one together for our hallway but I'm having such a hard time deciding what prints/artwork to include!

Kelley Spurlock said...

The animal gallery wall in your mom's bathroom is so precious! I found the picture that you have under that (yellow day bed and blue wall paint) and I'm obsessed. Ps: Your blog is wonderful!

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