Lighting Your Wall Art
If you have a portrait or figurative painting the light
should go toward the face and around the upper body of the
subject. Start with the subject of the painting and where
you see the beam spread is fading out add a second bulb to
boost the light on faded sections. Don't illuminate every
portion of the painting, once you highlight the subject the
rest of the painting adds elegance as the light flows into the
frame.  If the entire piece is lit the light flow will overflow
the frame and become a distraction.
Be sure to have your lights angled in such a way they
do not create what are called hot spots on the frame. Hot
spots are created by light hitting certain portions more
heavily than others. This will draw your eyes to the hot spot
and away from the subject.
It's not very expensive to hire a professional
electrician to put in can lights. Can lights are a top-shelf
choice for lighting art; the can is recessed into the ceiling
leaving only an eyeball socket exposed creating a neat and
tidy appearance. To set up a can light fixture in your
home most electricians should charge you about $30
for the can light, about $6 for the bulb, and about $30
for their time. If you prefer a more delicate appearance
use what are called MR-16's, which are the small halogen
lights, but they only come with a 12-degree spread.
Two things you should look for in a poorly illuminated
painting are:
If your eyes are drawn to parts of the painting
having nothing to do with the subject.
The painting has a flat cool appearance