How Do I Protect Original Artwork?
Location: Avoid direct sunlight when choosing the perfect location for your new painting. Consistent, direct sunlight causes artwork to fade and lose color quickly. Maintaining room humidity at around 40%-55% yields long-lasting, vibrant colors.
Care: When it comes to caring for your art, there are several rules to follow to ensure the artwork stays protected from harmful elements. For art without a clear front panel, avoid:
- touching the art with your hands. This introduces natural oils onto the painting and can cause damage. Always wear soft cotton gloves when handling the art.
- cleaning the painting. Dust lightly with a soft brush or duster. Never clean the surface of the original painting, such as using cleaning products or water. This can cause irreversible damage to the painting.
How Should I Frame Original Artwork?
Framing: When framing original artwork, consider where you are placing the piece. If avoiding direct sunlight is not an option, consider framing behind UV-filtering acrylic instead of glass to preserve the art. Watercolor paintings and graphite/charcoal drawings should be framed behind glass, due to their delicate nature. Make sure to include sturdy backing such as cardboard, foam, or wood to hold the art in the frame. You may also consider including acid-free mat paper to better frame and position the artwork. Make sure no fingerprints get on the side of the glass or acrylic panel that is on the inside of the frame, touching the art. For a more in-depth explanation and set-by-step guide on framing art, check out our blog post on how to correctly frame originals and prints!
How Do I Choose the Correct Size Artwork for my Space?
So many options, and so many sizes! Although there are many ways to achieve a striking, cohesive room design, there are a few general rules to follow:
- Wall art should take up anywhere between 60%-75% of available wall space.
- Wall art hung above furniture, moldings, fireplaces, etc. should have a 6-12 inch gap between the art and the furniture.
- Wall art above furniture should be 2/3-3/4 of the furniture's width.
These guidelines are the first step to achieving the look you desire. For more information, check out our blog post about choosing the perfect art size depending on the style you choose. But most importantly, have fun with the design, and don't be afraid to experiment with different styles - the possibilities are endless!