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The Most Original Wall Art We’ve Ever Hung

We’ve hung thousands of works of art over the years, but some works and arrangements have stuck with us because of their originality, beauty, or just plain strangeness. If you’re looking for inspiration for what to put up on your walls, take a creative cue from this list of the most original wall art we’ve ever hung.

original wall art

Three-dimensional wall art always adds an extra-special element of interest to a room, but this swirling, life-size piece is one of the best examples we’ve seen.

original wall art

In this home, we meticulously hung rings that resembled Life Savers candies in neat rows to create a graphic, and indisputably original wall art arrangement. 

original wall art

It can be hard to find a different way to express a decor theme that’s as ubiquitous as “nautical,” but these ships’ wheels strung from a ceiling is one way to do it. 

original wall art

This space, designed by Eric Cohler, was one of the grandest and most beautiful we’ve worked in, only partially attributed to the wall art hung in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows. 

original wall art

While the wall art itself isn’t entirely one-of-a-kind, it’s the juxtaposition against bold floral wallpaper here that makes this art arrangement so special. 

original wall art

Who says you have to have all four corners of your wall art on the wall? This perpendicular arrangement adds depth and interest to simple pieces. 



How to Put a Backing on Your Picture Frames

One of the many benefits of having a picture or work of art custom-framed is the attention to not only just the front of the frame and the look of the finished product, but the back of the frame and the preservation of the art. The pros know that taking a few extra steps on the back of a picture frame can help protect the work inside for years to come.

But what if you’re doing your framing yourself? It is still possible to get professional-quality picture preservation by putting a dust cover backing on your picture frames. Better still: it’s easier than it sounds.

put a backing on your picture frames

What You’ll Need:

  • ATG tape or other acid-free double sided tape
  • A roll of kraft paper
  • A razor blade or utility knife
  • Picture hanging hardware
  • Frame bumpers

How It’s Done:

Step 1: Place your framed photo face down on a clean surface.

Step 2: Apply double sided tape to the back edges of the frame, making sure to cover the entire perimeter.

Step 3: Cut a length of kraft paper that’s at least 6 inches larger than the frame on all sides.

Step 4: Adhere the kraft paper onto the back of the picture frame, allowing excess paper to hang over the edges. Press firmly along the edges to ensure the paper sticks.

Step 5: Using the razor blade, carefully trim the excess kraft paper from the edges of the frame.

Step 6: Screw picture hanging hardware into the desired place on the back of the frame.

Step 7: Last but not least, attach a foam picture frame bumper to each corner of the frame. This allows for air flow between the picture and the wall, and prevents the buildup of moisture and dust.

That’s it! You know have a professionally sealed picture frame.

Need help hanging your newly framed art? Get in touch with ILevel at info@ilevel.biz.



New Pieces in the ILevel Studio Collection

One of the most exciting parts about our new retail office space is that we’ll be able to showcase our beautiful studio collections, which are available to purchase as complete sets. Each art, sculpture or object collection is hand-picked and custom-curated by our team of art experts, guaranteeing that they’ll instantly add a dose of style, personality and sophistication to your space. Take a look at a few of our latest collections hanging in the new space, below, or stop by our new office at 37 East 7th street in Manhattan to see them for yourself.

1940s Cyanotypes
Cyanotypes from a sample book with stitched lace swatches. Set of four in white frames. 22” x 15”

Photo by Morgan Ione Yeager, commerical photography, advertising photography, NYC food Photographer, interior photographer, iLevel, gallery

Photos by Morgan Ione Yeager

Original Rorschach Psycho Diagnostic Plates (Far right)
A complete set of ten plates in white frames. 1948 Edition. 9.5” x 12.5”

rorschach prints for purchase

Landscape Photograph Collection
Thirty-nine mostly black and white, vintage, landscape photographs in handmade black wood frames. From 7.5” x 5.25” to 3.75” x 3”

Landscape black and white photo collection

Rare Blue and White Plate Collection (Far Left)
18 assorted English, Japanese, Mexican, and American blue and white plates, a mix of antique and modern. With plate hangers. 6” to 12.25” diameter

art collections for purchase

Japanese Gold Leaf Samples
Ten mid-century pages in brown frames. 18” x 14”


Medicine Bottles with Wall Wedges
Fourteen 1960s brown medicine bottles with wall wedges. 4.5 “ to 9” tall (excluding wall wedge).

vintage medicine bottle collection

Antler Collection
Set of six antlers mounted on wood plaques, various sizes

Vintage antler collection for purchase

While we try and display as many of our collections in our studio as we can, there are dozens of other collections not seen here, including vintage Kimono designs, antique French fabric samples, vintage baseball mitts, salvaged glass, original artwork, and more! Stop in to see photos, or get in touch with us at info@ilevel.biz.