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It’s Family Photo Wall Season

In about a month, you may feel completely overwhelmed by the 3,000 photos you’ve taken of your kids, your family reunion, that weekend at the beach. You might wish for help selecting and displaying the best of these photos on your walls so that you can remember and relive the fleeting moments of summer.

That’s where ILevel can lend a hand. You can come to us at any stage of the family photo wall creation process. We’ll help you select, size, print, frame, and of course, install your pictures to create a gorgeous wall of personal photography. Just like these happy clients.

Wall of Frame: All black frames, all color photos, sisters, family vacations, this extensive wall holds together beautifully down this long hallway.


Brady Bunch Grid

A bright yellow accent wall, unframed color puppy portraits in a precise Brady Bunch grid, balanced by a more fluid arrangement. Absolutely pawerful!


Contemporary Classic: A mix of black and white and color photos in gold frames. The contemporary wallpaper jazzes up this classic display.











Under and Over the Rail: The picture rail becomes a design element in this clean, modern arrangement. 












Space to Breathe: The space between these carefully selected photos allows you to consider each frame. And the seemingly random arrangement (though it’s always by design) brings intrigue to this stairway corner.















Room To Grow: This diamond shaped arrangement can be easily added to as this young family grows. 











We love the topic of family photo walls so much, we’ve covered it before. For a look back:

Our Favorite Family Photo Walls 

3 Creative Ideas for Family Photo Walls 

Project Spotlight: A Family Photo Gallery Wall in a New York Townhome

Feeling inspired to create or add to your own family photo wall? Call ILevel at 212.477.4319 at any stage of the process.



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





Expert Advice: How to Arrange a Gallery Wall

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Our art installers handle dozens of projects each month — ranging from hanging heavy mirrors in a residential home, to installing an entire collection for an art gallery. They’ve hung it all, and we like to think they’re the most knowledgeable team in New York City. 

So, we recently rounded up our staff to ask them for their take on one of the most common questions we get asked: “How do I Arrange a Gallery Wall.” Here’s their best advice. 

1. ” With a gallery-wall arrangement, obviously, larger pieces will be more immediately eye catching, and I think it’s risky to distribute these evenly across a wall or a room, though of course it’s tempting to do so! I think it is OK to have more visual weight in one area of an installation as compared to other parts. In fact, that might allow the smaller pieces more room to breathe and grant them more authority.”

-David Stern

2. “Arrange the art so that the visual weight compliments your interests. For example, balance and calm, or a little off balance and edgy are a couple conceptual starting points. Diversify the frame colors (within a spectrum of complementary colors and materials to achieve a eclectic, collected feel) or match them and create a very uniform concept. In either case modulate the scale and sizes of images and frames, as well as matte sizes.”

-Chris Deo

3.”Use a template for the placement of the art. That could mean taping out each piece’s placement on the wall with blue painters tape. You could also draw out the placement on a large piece of paper to scale, then tape that large piece up on the wall where the frames would go. If there is room on the floor you can arrange the layout, then either photograph it, or draw it out, noting the measurements between frames. I find this the most helpful.

-Jeff Deraimo