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A Glamorous, Layered Art Arrangement in New York City

We’ve seen some beautifully decorated rooms in our careers, but this next space might take a top spot as one of the most dreamy bedrooms we’ve ever stepped foot in. Set high in a Manhattan apartment building overlooking the city, the room inside was every bit as glamorous, layered and cosmopolitan as the view.

The chic space was designed around a tight, neutral color palette of gray and white, meaning texture played a huge role in defining the decor scheme and making the space feel comfortable and welcoming. One of the major design elements in the room was the wall treatments. One end was covered in a sleek marble-effect wallcovering, while the other was draped in beautiful silk fabric, creating a perfect harmony of hard and soft, linear and organic. 

Naturally, our favorite element of the space was the art arrangement, which was done directly atop the wallcoverings, giving the room depth and adding interest to the monochrome scheme. Hanging art over a beautiful wallcovering, especially a loose fabric one, is a big design risk, but in this case, we think it paid off. What do you think? 

art arrangement on wallpaper glamorous art arrangement on wallpaper 

art arrangement over fabric

Need help hanging art in your space? Whether it’s on a wall, over a window, or layered over a wallcovering, we can hang it. Get in touch with us at info@ilevel.biz or stop by our New York City studio at 37 E 7th St. 


Why We Still Love Gallery Walls

Gallery walls are the home decor trend that keeps on giving. While we’ve been hanging art gallery-style since we opened ILevel, it became a major trend six or seven years ago and a good portion of our work became installing arrangements of 5-10 smaller pieces instead of hanging a singular large piece or a diptych or triptych. Since then, the popularity of gallery walls hasn’t waned a bit, and that’s OK with us. Here’s why we still love gallery walls (illustrated with photos of gallery walls we’ve hung just in the last few weeks!). 

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They’re personal. 

While a singular piece of art can certainly be personal, a gallery wall can almost become a collage of stories. Maybe there’s a piece you found on a trip to Paris hanging next to a flea-market find and a doodle drawn by your kids. Or maybe you collect black and white photography and can display your entire collection together at once. Plus, besides just the art you choose, you can also tailor the layout itself to your style, whether it’s classic and symmetrical, or abstract and eclectic. 

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They’re dynamic. 

With a gallery wall, you have the option to change out your art as you feel like it. If a certain piece no longer speaks to you, you can simply swap it out for something you like more. You can also add to it as you bring new works into your collection. 

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They’re easy. 

If you have an expanse of wall that needs some art, no matter how small or large or narrow, you can almost certainly find a gallery wall arrangement that will work for it, and pretty easily at that. The search for a singular, large piece of art to perfectly fit that same space, however, might takes months (or longer) to track down. 

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Have a gallery wall to install? Get in touch with ILevel at info@ilevel.biz





Inspiration for Art Above the Bed

There are certain spots in the home that almost demand artwork: the area above a sofa, the space above a fireplace mantle, and of course, the spot above the bed. In fact, the latter is also one of the most popular spots for our clients to ask us to hang artwork. If you’re currently staring at a big, empty space between the top of your headboard and the ceiling, here is some inspiration for art above the bed, from recent projects we’ve done around the New York City area

First: a country space that proves you don’t even need to hang “art” in the traditional sense. The client instead chose a selection of antique decorative plates to fill the space. If plates aren’t your thing, consider hanging hats, dried wreaths, baskets, or sculpture instead.

art above the bed

This is a great nontraditional example for twin beds or day beds that are placed directly alongside a wall: here, we did a gallery wall-style arrangement above the side of the bed. 

art above the bed

This example is from the same home as the first photo. The country vibe is similar, but this arrangement includes framed artwork and a bird statuette, arranged in a shape that mimics the headboard.

art above the bed

Just because bunkbeds reach up toward the ceiling doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be accompanied by art. Here, a simple map sits above the top bunk.

art above the bed

For more ideas for what to hang above the bed, check out:

ILevel Blog: How to Decide What to Hang Above the Bed

ILevel Blog: Easy Wall Art Ideas for Above the Bed