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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


Hanging Artwork in the New York City Home of Jessica Chastain

We were fans of actress Jessica Chastain long before we were lucky enough to get to work in her home. But, working in her home made us even bigger fans. In case you haven’t seen the most recent issue of Architectural Digest where her New York City apartment was profiled, it’s absolutely stunning. She worked with interior designers Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller, but informed much of the style direction herself, along with boyfriend and fashion executive Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo.

The home is decorated in classic Upper East Side fashion — most of the furnishings are from Ralph Lauren, giving the historic apartment an elegant,  timeless, aristocratic feel that is even more breathtaking in person. But unexpected twists– a fuchsia chair here, a suede wall covering there–make it anything but stuffy. We felt like this description was just as applicable to Jessica herself: she’s a timeless beauty and accomplished actress, yet still approachable and down-to-earth at the same time.

Jessica chasten apartment - art hanging new york city

All images via Architectural Digest. 

As for the art we hung on the walls: the couple keeps an interesting collection, a mis of high-end fine art, vintage mirrors, and estate sale pieces/ The mirror above the fireplace in the living room, for example, was from the estate of actress Lauren Bacall, and the Swedish-style mirror in the dining room is vintage. The paintings hung above the tub in the bathroom are by the notable Luxembourg painter Jacques Nestlé.




To read the full article and see the rest of the images of her stunning space, visit Architectural Digest.

For help hanging art in your New York City home, apartment, or business, get in touch with ILevel.



Trend we Love: Sculptural Wall Art

If you’re sick of your current wall art situation, then maybe it’s time to think outside the frame. More and more lately, we’ve seen our clients forgoing standard works like paintings and prints for three-dimensional, sculptural wall art. The effect is more unique and gallery like than any 2-D piece, and there are nearly as many style and media options as you’d find with framed art.

Among our favorite examples of the sculptural wall art trend is this recent client project, below. The wire sculpture was installed between two windows, breaking up the gridlike feel of the wall without adding a heavy or overbearing element that would compete with the views beyond.

sculptural wire wall art

Here, in another client project, Chinese porcelain figurines sit atop wall mounts and are an unexpected addition to a Federalist mirror.
sculptural wall art

The perfect way to add an element of texture to a minimalist space: a tonal, graphic wall relief.

wall relief - wall art ideas

If you love the dimensional look of sculpture but don’t want to ditch your existing collection, try turning your artwork into a 3-D display by standing it on individual shelves or mounts.

wall art on shelves

Need help hanging an heavy, irregular, or unique sculptural piece on your wall? ILevel can help. There’s no art challenge to tough for us to solve. Get in touch at info@ilevel.biz.