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5 Issues Decorating with Light and Fine Art

If the light source of a room is from windows or a skylight, your decorating design will need to be different from a dark hallway or windowless room. Lighting is the lifeblood of any art.  Why?  Color.

Different  levels and types of light can influence the color of a displayed picture.  What does the room look like during the daytime hours?   Are you positioning your artwork to take advantage of the light sources or colors that attract the eye?  The pictures above are of the same piece of plastic under a different type of lighting to give you a sense of how dramatic the change in color is.  Use this to your advantage when placing your art.

The 5 Issues :

1. Non-direct natural light is best.  If the light source is from a series of windows, diffuse any excess light with window dressings like shears or draperies.

2. Avoid direct sunlight.   It will wash out all colors and eventually ruin photographs and other fine arts.

3. Avoid fluorescents when possible.  These give off  harsh light and gives things a different color tint.  Further, many people report having migraines if subjected to fluorescents for an extended length of time.

4.  Be careful with halogen spotlights.  Not only are they bright but also halogens spotlights are known to give off heat.   They are useable, but keep them away from any fabrics, drapes, or photographs.

5.  Be careful with soft white or yellow colors.  Yellow lights are, well, yellow.  They offer a wonderful mellow warming effect against cool colors like blue.  However, too much yellow will change the color.

All lights have their uses.   It is impossible to say that you should use only this type or that type of light every time.  Determining the effect that you want the lighting to have in a room before hand will aid you in choosing the types of lighting that will go best for your situation.

Does Your Art (Pictures) Make Links?


Creating links is an extremely important part of the human experience. Indeed, One definition of culture is how a group of people creates links with their environment and each other while surviving both.  So what does this have to do with your pictures?

Well, do your pictures create links with your audience?

  • Physical Link: Is there a physical link in your photograph?  Things like water, rocks, leafs, or puppies.  People know these objects and find them in the physical world. This provides their link to the photograph.  The picture becomes an experience.


  • Emotional Link: Is there an emotional link in your picture?  Color causes emotion and that’s a good place to start.  Ever feel down or sleepy on a gloomy cloudy grey day?  That’s the power of color to cause an emotional response.  Show a picture of a dark hallway to cause fear or suspense or bright sunshine flowing off the petals of a beautiful flower to create happiness. A still lake with reds and blues will create calm. Emotional links in a picture is very powerful.


  • Spiritual Link:  This link is tricky as everyone is different and has a very personal link to the divine.  What may work for one viewer may not for another.  The subject of the picture needs to remind the viewer of a religious or personal story they have heard or believe in.  A ray of sunshine bursting through storm clouds or a rainbow may remind people of the story of Noah, or God.  This transmits a feeling of hope.  A picture of a wooden flute with a lotus flower signifies peace and meditation to a Buddhist or Lord Krishna to Hindus.  However, be careful you are not transgressing on a belief or a cultural system of laws.


  • Logical Link:  These are patterns and special relationships.  Use the rule of thirds or the Golden Ratio to meet this kind of mind stimulation.  The picture of a chessboard or checkers being played in a park or an ancient Go table with black and white pebbles.  These can create the images that stimulate your thoughts and the logical sides of the brain.


Truly great art will contain elements of all 4 links and more.  So there are 2 reasons why people might not like a piece of art.

  1. It has all the links, but your experience with one of them is a negative one.
  2. It’s missing one or more of these elements.

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The idea for this post came from reading parts of Multi-modal Intelligence and Multiple Intelligenceshttp://goo.gl/VRgYl