A New Perspective On Your Gallery Wall


There are plenty of instructions on how to create a gallery wall on the web. Usually, these instructions involve a lot of buying, measuring, and planning. My problem is that, sometimes, I can’t plan or measure everything in advance when it comes to decorating. Most of the time, I don’t even have all the art I am going to use at the beginning of a project.  I like to collect my pieces slowly by going to thrift stores, estate sales, and flea markets, and that can take months!
This is what happened in my bathroom. I knew I wanted a gallery wall that would cover all the wall, from top to bottom. I knew I wanted an eclectic collection, and I knew it was going to take me months to find the right pieces, so, when we moved into our house a couple of years ago,  I had to start the gallery with 7 pictures that I brought from my previous home. That was it. So I assembled them the best I could in the middle of the wall and moved on from there. 
Most of the advice on the Internet also tells you to keep a general motif and keep frames kind of similar. Well, that advice doesn’t always work. I feel it is OK to be creative and take risks, depending on the look you want to go for. I knew I didn’t want to have a clean look in my bathroom. I wanted and eclectic and vintage look. 
After two years of mellow search around vintage shops in LA, this is the result: My last two pieces were the motel photo and the palm drawing on the top right. Once I scored those, the wall gallery (and my heart) felt complete. What do you think? 

jescafe.com---wall-gallery12As you can see on the pictures, I have lots of frame types. I even have gold and silver frames on the same wall (this is when an interior designer has a heart attack on the spot). There are also spaces that are not filled with art, but, for some reason, it works (for me). It is unorganized and unusual. It doesn’t follow designer rules like these ones, but I do get a lot of comments on this gallery wall. People seem to like it. It cozies up this corner, don’t you think? Usually bathrooms are so boring, but this gallery wall spices things up.jescafe.com---wall-gallery3jescafe.com---wall-gallery4 jescafe.com---wall-gallery5 My favorite picture on the wall is the one of my grandparents, dad and uncle (on the left below).jestcafe.com-wall-gallery1 jescafe.com---wall-gallery8 That green glass head was a flea market find at the Rose Bowl.jescafe.com---wall-gallery11 jescafe.com---wall-gallery13jescafe.com---wall-gallery9

At times, it was tricky to find the right piece that would fit exactly into a certain space, but, for me, this unconventional way of creating a gallery wall worked. What about you? I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

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  1. Carina says:

    I LOVE the wall! I mean LOVE it! I don’t know what it is, but that kind of creative, ecclectic mix that evolves authentically and organically just fills me with interest! There is a visual thrill in it! You have inspired me, because I need to start getting some art up on my walls, but I don’t like laying out a ‘rigid plan’ in advance… Now, you’ve got me thinking. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and congrats on your beautiful bathroom gallery!

    • Mila says:

      That is exactly how I feel about some gallery walls! they are rigid. Actually, the one I have on my living room is like that. I should post about it too. It is way more traditional, still beautiful, but more “safe”

  2. Arielle says:

    LOVE this, Mila! It’s so colorful and joyous and personal. I do the same thing with my gallery walls – start with what I have and add to it as I find new items. It’s just more realistic for how I live and shop. Yours is an inspiration for what I hope mine will look like one day!

    • Mila says:

      jessica, thanks! You can follow my RSS feed (on the lower right corner of the page) or my social media accounts (links are on the top right corner of the page). I see that you have a new blog, I am excited to see what you have to say about life in Japan! I would love to visit.


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