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Recent Art Installations: A Tilted Mirror, A Bathroom Gallery Wall & Art Above the Bed

We’re lucky in that, in our line of work, no two days have literally ever been quite the same. Sure, most days involve hanging and arranging art, but one day, we may be installing fine art in a Manhattan apartment, the next, we might be out in the Hamptons hanging a family photo wall or down in Chelsea setting up an art gallery installation. Here are a few photos from some of our favorite recent art installations in New York. 

A tilted mirror above a fireplace. 

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We love when work takes us outside of the city to a historic home in the suburbs, as was the case for this antique mirror hanging project. The mirror was ever so slightly too large for the space, so we installed it at a tilt to allow it to fit, which also creates a unique focal point for the room and helps bounce light around the room. 

For more on how to hang a tilted mirror, click here

Art above the bed.

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The space above the bed is one of the more common places we hang art for our clients, but this project was unique in that the client was using their four-poster bed as a frame of sorts. We hung three complementary pieces within the “frame” and a set of four prints above the top rail. 

For more ideas for art above the bed, click here.

A gallery wall in the bathroom.

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This last project involved hanging a gallery wall in a unique arrangement that lead the eye up the wall and made the most of the extra-high ceilings in a suburban bathroom. We loved the individuality of the project — the bathroom venue for the gallery wall, vintage art prints, and the shape of the arrangement were all quite unique. 

For more gallery wall ideas, click here.

Need help with a picture hanging or art installation project of your own? Click here to get in touch with ILevel


ILevel Art Installations at this Year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House

A few weeks back we posted the details about one of our favorite events of the year, The Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Now that the event is underway, we wanted to share one of the reasons we love it so much: It gives us a chance to work with some of the nation’s top interior designers. Each year, ILevel art installation works with a handful of talented decorators to outfit the walls of their stunning rooms throughout the house. Last year, that included the home’s piece de resistance, the center spiral stairwell.

But this year, we got to work with one of our largest groups of designers yet, including David Kleinberg Design Associates, Drake/Anderson, Eve Robinson Associates, Kati Curtis Design, Sawyer Berson, Victoria Hagan. Here’s a look at some of the stunning rooms we helped install.

Victoria Hagan’s Grand American Salon living room featured a fireplace lacquered in a brilliant red. In it, you can see reflected another of the room’s focal points, a blown-up version of one of Hagan’s own Instagram photos, with the word “Dream” printed on the front.

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We loved the custom gold velvet sofa in the salon space by Sawyer/Benson almost as much as the creative, subtle take on masculine design.

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The bedroom by Drake/Anderson was pure sophistication, and pure opulence. One of the loveliest details: the wallpaper print that enveloped the room, covering the crown moldings and repeated on the window treatments.

Drake Anderson - Kips bay show house

Among the most unique spaces in the home were the main staircases by Kati Curtis Design. Her muse: The Path to Enlightenment.

Kati Curtis Design

Another stunning fireplace, seen in the library designed by David Kleinberg Design Associates.

David Kleinberg Design Associates - kips bay show house

We love how the bold, graphic wall art in this room by Eve Robinson contrasts the ethereal, abstract wallpaper on the ceiling, which depicts images of Mars.

Eve Robinson - Kips bay Show House

All images by Phillip Ennis Productions, via The Washington Post.

Still haven’t stopped by the show house? There’s still time! It runs through June 9, 2016. More information can be found here.


Do You Need Picture Lights for Artwork?

One of the common questions our clients have when we’re planning an art installation is whether or not they need picture lights to illuminate their artwork.  The answer to that question depends on a few things.

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A picture light by Robert Kime

1. Whether or not the work is on paper. If it is, you should never use picture lights. It will damage the work.

2. The lighting in the room. Ideally, the room you’re hanging your artwork in should be light enough that the work can be seen without picture lights. However, picture lights can create nice ambient or mood lighting, so if you’re hanging art in a gathering or entertaining space, they can be a nice touch.

3.  Your design style. Picture lights are typically a traditional design element, so if your style is more modern or contemporary, they may clash with your décor. If your aesthetic is more classic, though, using picture lights for artwork can enhance the look of a room.

Should you decide to use picture lights, choose a style that is about two-thirds the length of the picture. Browse through some of our picture light offerings here, or contact us to discuss a project idea.