Tips for Lighting Your Art Works

Art is an essential part of our lives, it is that side of us that keeps dreaming and thinking forward; we like to surround ourselves by it because it stirs our imagination, it makes us happy or thoughtful, and generally makes us see the beauty in life, or the truth of it. In most occasions, a true work of art is very expensive, so there are very few people who can afford to be collectors and have their own private exhibitions. As for the rest of us, there are several possible options, such as investing in a new artist, whose works are not yet too steeply priced; then, there’s pop art, which includes showcasing movie posters, action figures or merchandise from movies, books or games, and even the odd decorative object we bought at the store or flea market.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it is our standards and preferences that give value to an object; as long as you find it pleasing aesthetically, it becomes a work of art. However, once you form a collection, you start being faced with the problem of exhibiting it in a way that is pleasing to the eye and is also functional for your home. Those with the means can always hire an interior decorator to deal with these details and make sure their art is properly displayed, but there are ways of doing it by yourself as well. All you need to know is that lighting is essential to exhibiting your art works. Of course, there are other decor-related details as well, such as never placing a painting or set of paintings above the couch if they occupy a wider space than it.

There has to be a certain symmetry to the placements, such as choosing two thin paintings or statues to stand at the sides of a bigger one. As for the lighting, as you may have seen in museums and art galleries, they are usually placed above or below the object in question; sculptures, for example, can sometimes be surrounded by two or more lights, which draw attention to various aspects of the work. But before you start thinking that this is too complicated, and that you don’t know where to find the proper types of lights, we have to mention that there are countless online stores with lights for all purposes. A great recommendation is KesLighting, a professional in matters of lighting, providing fixtures and lights for living room, bathroom and all rooms in the house, but for more special projects as well, such as creating art wall or work areas.

Another thing you need to know when lighting your art works is that depending on their type, you may have to find different types of lights. Acrylic paintings, for example, can be lit with any type of light, but oil paintings are an entirely different matter and require a broad-based light. If a painting has been placed under glass, you have to try to avoid the light reflecting, so you can either invest in non-reflective glass, or find the best position for the lights. Most picture lights hang above the frame, but some are directly attached to it. Always avoid fluorescent lights above paintings, because they deform the color and show an entirely different perspective; choose incandescent lights to bring out the warmer colors, or halogen lights which are good for most paintings, but need to be kept at some distance from them because they can generate a lot of heat.

As you can see, creating your own intimate exhibition is easy as long as you have what to put on display; your house or apartment will definitely become more welcoming and unique.

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