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Arty effect for your home

You spend a bomb on the artwork of your choice but understanding how to display those rare art pieces, calls for meticulous planning. Here're finer nuances of how to best display your art pieces.

india Updated: Aug 28, 2010 13:12 IST
Aroma Sah
Aroma Sah
Hindustan Times

You spend a bomb on the artwork of your choice but understanding how to display those rare art pieces, calls for a meticulous planning. We give you finer nuances of how to best display your art pieces.

Place it artistically

A painting that is bought for decorating the room should be bought keeping the space and the décor of the room in mind. Artist Surita Tandon says, “A modern abstract artwork or sculpture goes best in a contemporary modern home and a landscape or figurative painting goes best in a classic colonial home. A modern contemporary house which has big bay windows, wide walls, white clean lines should have paintings that are in shades of black/white/bright coloured abstract modern paintings.” Artist Alka Raghuvanshi says, “The center of the artwork must be at eye level but there can be exceptions like when it is a huge piece of work.”

Things that matter

The wall colour also plays a role in highlighting the artwork. A painting in bright colours would look best against a neutral wall. Raghuvanshi adds, “Pieces that have the same aesthetic thread running through them can be placed on the wall together. There must be a synergy between the colour and the subject of the artwork and the other element on the wall. However, their distance should be maintained so that they don’t clash.”

Proper lighting is very important, if you are serious about the art on your wall. White lights bring out the most in an artwork.” Then there are track lights that are used to focus light on the artwork. These should be placed on the wall facing the piece of art. “There must not be glaring of the eye while admiring an artwork. Also, the placement of light should be such an angle above your head, that your shadow is not cast on the work. There are professional fixtures in the market just for artworks that allow UV filters, LED light holder and track lights, all to be fixed on them,” says Akash Kakkar of Eurolite.

Care for your artwork

Cleaning is a must: All paintings are to be cleaned with a light soft cotton duster with soft gentle movements of the hands. You can purchase a hand held, palm size vacuum cleaner that is not very strong to vacuum the artwork.

Colour distortion: Always use lights that filter Ultra Violet rays as these rays destroy the colour. Traditionally, UV filters were placed on the light to stop UV rays from passing through. But the LED’s (light emitting diodes) readily available in the market now are UV free.

Fungal trouble: If it is an old artwork, check for any crack in the colour regularly. Also check behind the artwork on a regular basis for any fungus. These are the first signs of your artwork deteriorating.

Let it breathe: Do not cover the artwork with glass, as the canvas that is made of cloth needs to breathe.

Check and re-check: While framing, insure that the mount is acid-free and the wood is not wet. The frame of the artwork should
not be plastic as they chip and break easily. Use wooden frames as far as possible.

Find the light here in Delhi
A UV filter costs R 1000 to R 3000.This Lux light fixture available at Eurolite costs R 10,500 that generates light without UV and IR emissions. It comes in a ceiling mount version, wall mounting version and is rotatable.

R 4,000 to R 45,000 This wall lantern is available at all stores stocking Phillips products. It can be used around artwork for its traditional look and as it prevents distortion of colours. It illuminates the wall discretely

R 350 for a one meter long track that is mounted on the ceiling. As many as five spots can be placed on it that cost R 850 onwards. This track light is available at Ankur Lighting, Loknayak Centre, Khan Market.

First Published: Aug 27, 2010 16:22 IST