Do you know what’s one important thing people neglect when furnishing their homes? Wall art! It’s such a simple and obvious solution, but somehow it remains aside when you ponder on ways to beautify your interior. However, it’s not enough to just hang a couple of paintings here and there. You need to choose a proper place for them and, the most challenging part, think of proper lighting. It may seem insignificant, but the way a piece of wall art is lit can drastically change its impact. I’m not much of an expert in this matter, but I can give you a few useful tips that will make your wall decor stand out.
How to light wall art: Basic rules
- If you use ceiling-mounted lights to accentuate the artwork, adjust the fixture to an angle of 30 degrees place them so that the beam hits the center of the canvas. If the angle is too narrow, you’ll get long shadows cast by the painting, and if it’s too wide, your sight will be prevented by reflective glare.
- One of the most popular ways to light paintings used by collectors is wall washers. They are available in a variety of forms, including surface-mounted, track-mounted and recessed, and can be situated on ceilings, floors or walls. This way, you’ll get an even distribution of light allowing you to move the pictures without having to adjust the lighting.
- Note that halogen lamps emit ultraviolet that gradually damages the paintings. To avoid it, either increase the distance between the lamps and the artworks or use UV filters. You can also opt for LED bulbs that emit no ultraviolet.
A bonus tip on decor choice 🙂
Hopefully, you’ll benefit from my little tips 🙂 And if you haven’t picked wall decor for your apartment yet, I’ll also recommend a great place where you can get it! It’s a website run by a famous modern artist Leonid Afremov. Of course, he’s not as famous as Pollock or Richter, but his paintings are widely represented in the internet. You’ll be mesmerized by the vibrant palette and incredible style of this painter! It’s a real burst of color! There are so many shades and they are so bright that your eyes can’t seem to take in them all 🙂 These shades are actually what constitutes Leonid Afremov’s works – he builds images applying them next to each other stroke by stroke, like his predecessors Impressionists. And it works 🙂 You can call these paintings too sophisticated or profound, but they are surely very catchy, emotional and inspiring. So if you are looking to decorate your place with some ‘light’ wall art, here is where you should start searching! 🙂