Finding the perfect piece of art for your home is only the first step. Learning how to light it properly is the other. Why? Well, properly lit artwork can add ambiance to a space, emphasize the room's focal point, or serve as another layer of accent lighting. Not to mention a well-lit piece of art will show others all the reasons you fell in love with it in the first place.
So what do you need to keep in mind when figuring out lighting for artwork? Let's consider a few popular options along with some pro tips.
1. Recessed lighting. Recessed art lighting is popular and sleek, and options are available for both new construction and retrofit applications. Plus, you can choose from a wide range of recessed sizes. Think accent adjustable fixtures that can be as small as an inch to larger aperture fixtures that can match your other recessed lights.
Recessed downlights offer many options as well, but make sure you know how to use them. As the image from our art lab above demonstrates, different types of downlights can cast different light on the wall or artwork:
- Use a wall washer to pass light out of the housing at an angle to illuminate the vertical surface.
- You can position adjustable downlights to cast light on a wide range beneath the fixture, such as tabletops, cabinets, and walls.