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Unique Wall Art Ideas that Aren’t Actually Art

Wall art in the traditional sense–like paintings, drawings and photography–doesn’t speak to everybody. If you’ve lived in a house with bare walls for months (or even years) because you just can’t seem to find the right artwork to hang, then you may very well be someone who isn’t drawn to two-dimensional representations.

And that’s OK.

Home decorating is an incredibly personal experience because you’re essentially deciding what you want to live with and look at every single day, and there’s no need to buy art simply because you feel like that’s what should go on your walls.

But that doesn’t mean you have to live with sterile bare walls either. More and more often, our clients are choosing to hang up beautiful objects, personal memorabilia, or prized collections instead, as a way to be surrounded by things that really matter to them or that they find inspiring to look at.

So what can you hang on your walls? Here are a few examples of unique wall art ideas from our recent client projects that aren’t actually art, yet make a beautiful and personal displays regardless.

A client turned a collection of large weather instruments into an original, graphic display above a sofa.

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Or, how about classic Pop Art (Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans) printed on skateboards? 

Finally, a musical client chose to display a collection of antique instruments in a small wall space near a window. 

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For more unique wall art ideas from our past clients, check out:

Wall Art Ideas for Your Beach House

7 Inexpensive Wall Art Ideas

Creative Wall Art Ideas from Pinterest

Or, visit our ILevel Studio page to see our selection of pre-curated art and object collections available for purchase. 


The Latest from Our ILevel Studio Curated Wall Art Collections

Creating a beautiful and unique wall art collection isn’t something that happens overnight. It can take years of visiting galleries, scouring flea markets or browsing online auctions to develop an art collection that’s large enough to fill a wall (let alone an entire home).  But what if you don’t have the luxury of spending weekends antiquing or the patience to wait around will bare walls while you search for the perfect piece?

It’s a dilemma we’ve heard from many of our clients, and was the catalyst for our ILevel Studio collections. Our team, which is entirely made up of artists, take it upon themselves to create an array of curated wall art collections that are ready for purchase. From oil paintings, to antique plates, to old maps and original cyanotypes, we’ve got a wide range of
pre-collected collections” that take the work out of curation. Here are a few of our latest ILevel Studio collections, but to see them all, follow our ILevel Studio Instagram account or visit us in person at our studio at 37 E. 7th St. in New York City. 

Landscape Oil Painting Collection, Framed, Approx. 11″x15″ to 20″x 24″, $2,200

Stratigraphic maps, From 15.5″x20.5″ to 33.5″x43.5″, $3,800

1940s, Cyanotypes with Stitched Lace, Framed, 22″x15″, $1,200

7, Children’s Puzzle Collection, Framed, 10.25″x13″ $2,400

Rare Blue and White Plate Collection, Approx. 6″ to 12.5 diameter, $1,800

1960’s, Medicine Bottles with wall wedges, Approx. 4.5″ to 9″ tall $3,200

1930’s, Outdoor Monument Prints, Framed, 23.5″x18″, $1,200



Wall Art Trend: Framing Fabric

Framing fabric has always been a popular way to create wall art (whether you went the DIY route to create some inexpensive wall art, or the fine-art route with antique textiles in professional archival frames). But recently, it’s become an even bigger wall art trend–especially when the fabric is hand-dyed or vintage. There’s even a website entirely dedicated to framed textile art, Loomology.

 A few weeks ago we talked about the rising popularity of African mud cloth wall art (which is essentially just lengths of mud cloth textiles that are mounted and framed), but there are a number of other fabric styles that designers are crazy about framing right now. Here’s a look at a few of them.

Indigo-dyed Fabric. 

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A few weeks ago we installed a gorgeous display of various indigo-dyed fabrics in the stairway at the home of one of our clients. Indigo-dyed fabric is one of the oldest fabric dying techniques in existence, but it’s also easy to create framable versions yourself. Here’s an informative tutorial from Design Sponge that will teach you how to create Shibori (an ancient Japanese tie-dye technique) fabric with Indigo dye. 

Ikat Fabric.

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Ikat is another ancient dying technique that’s always had a place in interior design. The indigo Ikat prints above are from Pottery Barn, but it’s easy to find a variety of Ikat print you love and create your own arrangement. 

Chinoiserie Fabric.

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The intricacy of Chinoiserie designs is enough to earn them a spot on the wall. Vintage chinoiserie prints can be found on sites like Etsy and Ebay, and make a gorgeous addition to traditional or preppy room designs. 

For more wall art trends check out:

Now Trending: African Mud Cloth Wall Art

Why we Still Love Gallery Walls