Art Care

By deciding where and how to hang your pictures, whether it be a tight cluster or a single print above a sofa, you can then determine the size and shape of the pictures you need to buy.

When you have decided on the room's function, color and style, you are in a much better position to go shopping for wall pictures that fit in with the overall theme.

Caring For Your Painting
 
Thank you for shopping with LivingwithArt. Here are  a few pointers we would like to share with you on how to make your painting last longer and maintain its beauty.
 
 
Maintaining A Suitable Environment
  • Paintings generally do well in environmental conditions that are comfortable for people, with relative humidity levels between 40 and 60 percent.
  • Owners of panel paintings should be particulary conscientious about avoiding unusually low or high relative humidity and temperatures to prevent warping, splitting or breaking of the wood.


Displaying Painting

  • Do not display painting under direct sunlight.
  • It is best to exhibit paintings on dividing walls within a building rather than on perimeter walls where temperature fluctations will be greater and condensation can occur.
  • Lights that attach to the top of the frame and hang over the picture can be dangerous. These lights cast a harsh glare, illuminate, and heat the painting unevenly, and can fall into the artwork causing burns or tears.
  • Hanging paintings above heating and air conditioning vents or in bathrooms with tubs or showers is also inadvisable because of rapid environmental fluctuations will be harmful.


Handling Procedures

  • Paintings are best hang on walls.
     
  • Do not move your paintings around, unless necessary.
     
  • Ask for help when lifting the painting, especially when the frame is very large. Always carry it with the image side facing you.
     

Housekeeping Guidelines

  • After carefully examining your paintings for loose or flaking paint, dust them every four to six months.
     
  • Use soft, white-bristle Japanese brushes, sable (such as typical makeup brush), or badger-hair brushes for dusting. Normal feather
    duster may scratch your paintings.

     
  • Never try to clean a painting yourself or use any liquid or commerical cleaners on a painted surface.


Arranging and Hanging your Pictures

  • Modern Gallery Look: To create a modern art gallery feel, particularly nice in hallways, lobbies and stairwells, give each piece ample
    breathing room. Stand at the center of the first piece and take one swift, or two small steps along the wall. This is a good center for
    the next piece.

     
  • Above a Sofa: When placing art above furniture such as a sofa, you need to hang the picture about six to nine inches above the sofa,
    or at eye level.

     
  • Cluster Arrangements: Tightly group an even number of pictures together to give a statement or a focal point. This works on either
    large or small wall spaces, depending on the look you want.

     
  • In a row: By placing an odd number of pictures in a horizontal line to each other gives balance and the sense of space. This works
    well in hallways or stairwells.