No matter how beautiful a piece of art is, it can look ordinary without the proper lighting. Hanging and lighting paintings is an art form of its own and excellent lighting always enhances the effects and emotions invoked by a painting in bedroom, kitchen, bathroom or any other living space.
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Here are some of the most helpful tips to keep in mind when hanging and lighting arts inside:
Choose the Right Frame: Frames are important for two reasons. First, it enhances the effect of the painting and makes it more beautiful. Secondly, a right frame can enhance the illumination by interacting with the ambient lighting. Some artworks can be hung without frames while some require specific width and depth. Depending on the size of the frame, one can hang lighting that is attached to the artwork itself.
Find the Correct Space and Height: Finding the correct place to hang the painting as important as choosing the painting itself. Museums and galleries usually hang paintings at an average human height of 62 inches but you can hang it higher or lower depending on the style you are going for.
Spacing the paintings correctly is also very important. It is always advisable to clear the wall and have a clear visualization of what you want before you start hanging paintings.
Grouping and Securely Hanging the Picture: Grouping is the technique of arranging multiple artworks of similar size in a row to form a group. Hanging the pictures in some geometrically shaped display can be another effective of way arranging similar pictures.
Hanging a picture can be a complicated process which requires planning beforehand. Marking spots where the nails will go with a pencil is important. Using good quality nails is a must to make sure the painting hangs securely for a long time.
Choose the Right Type of Light: Certain types of light work better with specific types of art. Incandescent lights are best for highlighting the warm colors such as yellows and reds but it tends to dull the blues and the greens.
Halogen lights are ideal for illuminating most arts but they can cause damage because of the heat they generate. LEDs on the other hand hardly produce any heat but are quite expensive.
Position and Intensity of Light: The position of the lighting is essential to ensure the optimal viewing experience. The simplest way of reducing glare is to make sure the light is at a 30-defree angle to the artwork. The positioning of the light needs to be adjusted in such a manner such that the frame casts no shadows on the artwork. It may need further adjustments depending upon the type of frame you decide to use. The intensity of light needs to be carefully regulated to avoid heat damage. In the long run, heat can be damaging to paintings and especially oil paintings in which cracks can appear.
Investing in lighting art is as important as investing in the piece of art itself. This is because lights of improper intensity can damage its longevity and affect its value. Thus, it is important to be careful and methodical when hanging and lighting arts.
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September 19, 2021
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