Choose the best lighting for your paintings or gallery wall

If you are an art lover, surely you have paintings or pictures decorating one of the walls of your house. Here I want to give you tips to highlight them through proper lighting.

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Illuminating paintings, photography, and illustrations

First of all, it is very different to illuminate a painting than an illustration or photograph within a glass photo frame.

Paintings.

All paintings should avoid being exposed directly to the sun. If your painting is a valuable work of art then I recommend using LED lamps or bulbs or halogen lamps with UV filter. Remember also that these types of paintings have a texture that can be highlighted with light or the opposite effect, depending on how and from where you illuminate it.

Pictures inside glass photo frame.

Avoid using narrow beam lamps or bulbs because you will reflect the light on the glass. Use rather wide beam lamps (wide flood)

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Accent lighting.

Depending on the size of your painting or the entire gallery, it is recommended that you illuminate it completely. In other words, do not leave spaces under the shade, because you would not be showing the true painting or the entire gallery. To achieve this, remember to buy lamps or bulbs with a wide beam of light (wide flood). A dramatic effect is achieved by the effect of the light beams.

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Track lighting.

The great thing about this solution is that it allows you greater flexibility if you like to change your gallery every so often. We have this option at home, due to ease of installation and flexibility to move and direct the spotlights.

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Wall washer.

This solution is great for large paintings or for gallery walls that are in the corridor of your house. This type of luminaire gives, as its name says, a lighting bath on a vertical surface. Its effect is rather elegant and clean.

Display lighting.

This option for me is no longer so modern. Now the trend is to create a gallery wall with many pictures of different sizes, and this solution covers only one frame. Maybe for a special one on another wall, it could go well.

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How do you have your gallery or paintings illuminated at home?

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