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Beautiful examples of Art Above the Fireplace

If there’s a fireplace in a room, then there’s a good chance it’s also the focal point of the space: the feature around which you plan the room’s layout and orient your furniture. That also means that the fireplace–and the space above it–instantly becomes an important visual element of the room design, too. We say, take the opportunity to use this prime real estate to show off your very best art above the fireplace. Here are some photos from our client projects that have done just that.

In a bedroom in an old home, the homeowners took a cue from the antique style of the fireplace and chose classic artwork in an elegant gold frame. 

The same goes for this simple fireplace setup in a New York home. Both the art and frame echo the linear, clean-lined design of the fireplace, and the piece is well proportioned both to the fireplace itself (it’s almost the exact same size as the fireplace box) and the space between the windows. 

art above the fireplace

This next photo shows off a beautiful solution for fireplaces situated on a long wall with open space on either side. In this home, which we worked on in conjunction with One King’s Lane, the oversized mural above the fireplace is just a piece of a larger art arrangement the perfectly fills out the wall. The key to making it work: choosing similarly sized art to flank the fireplace. 

Image via One King’s Lane

Need help hanging art (or choosing which art to hang) above your fireplace? ILevel can help. Get in touch with us at info@ilevel.biz. 


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. 

gallery wall - ilevel art installation new york city

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. 

gallery wall - ilevel art installation new york city

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. 

gallery wall - ilevel art installation new york city

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