Some time ago I wrote about the arrangement of paintings and now I would like to share some thoughts about lighting them.
In general, not every artwork needs lighting. Sometimes the natural light is enough in order to make the artwork’s colors and details visible. However, in most cases in our homes/ offices there is not enough natural light and it rarely reaches the corridor, for example, where paintings are exhibited.
In my studio, I often meet clients who come to select or commission paintings after they have already finished renovating a home or an office space. At this stage either there is no lighting for the paintings or they have installed the popular spotlights for walls which I personally find meaningless. Usually the spotlights are installed too close to the painting and the effect is rather negative due to the lack of wider area of lighting. The result is a small glare at the top of the painting (most often only the frame is lit) and a dark lower part.
Thus, whenever possible, the best choice for lighting is a LED spotlight tracks installed on the ceiling at some distance from the wall. When the ceiling is made of plasterboard the tracks can be embedded. The spots can be added, moved and be with different intensity, but most importantly, they can be pointed towards the paintings.
If a track is not an option even the simplest IKEA type solution is more efficient than the spotlights.
And finally, a reminder, if you have a painting behind glass or plan to have one, regular glass is much more difficult for lighting as there are glares even from daylight. The solution is to use anti-reflective glass.
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