When it comes to artwork in the home, hanging it correctly includes lighting it correctly. Designer Susanna Salk and lighting expert Jayson Serrault give this advice:
"Serrault says consumers who want to illuminate their artwork need to switch their focus from wattage, which measures brightness, to Kelvins, which measure the warmth and color that emits from a bulb - the higher the "K" temperature, the cooler the bulb. This information is typically found on the light bulb packaging and will make the biggest difference in how a piece of art looks on the wall.
"Bronze, Metallic Prints: Preserve the antique look by using UV-filtered PAR halogen or a PAR LED flood light bulbs. Select light bulbs with a warm color temperature in the 2700K to 3000K range to enhance the prints' deep undertones.
"Black and White Photography: This art is exceptionally vulnerable to fading, therefore it's crucial to limit its exposure to natural and harsh artificial lighting. Instead, use a light source with a complementary color temperature that will accentuate the piece's light areas. For warm tones, use light bulbs with a 2700 to 3000K range, and for cooler colors, use 4100 to 5000K range bulbs.
"Earthy Tones: To make earthy prints such more appealing to the eye, select a light bulb with a CRI (Color Rendering Index) of 85 or higher to ensure that your reds look red and your blues shine blue."Darker Hues: To accent deeper tones such as violet and blue, a cool white light (4100 to 5000K) is ideal; however, be mindful of dominating grays by using a neutral color temperature (35000K), which allows both warm and cool tones to shine."