Artistic Beauty For The Ages: How To Safeguard Your Fine Art In Your Home

By Jane Hudson 

Indian consumers are ravenous for fine art. Roughly 62% of art galleries in India reported a massive increase in their sales, according to ArtTactic. If you’ve purchased fine art for your home, it is smart to know how you can properly store, display, and protect it. So how can you suitably safeguard your art in your home and maintain its sparkling condition for years to come? 

Untitled I & Motion I By Mithun Dutta fine art
Untitled I & Motion I By Mithun Dutta

Mould may already exist in your home. A year-long study of over 77 homes in Delhi found at least 68 types of mould, according to Rashmi Sharma. It’s therefore very important that you get your home tested for any mould presence prior to bringing home a new fine art piece. If mould is found, getting it removed by a professional will keep both your art and your family safe. Once it is removed, the goal is to keep your home mould-free by being proactive with prevention.

It is ideal that you get any broken pipes or roofing fixed to avoid excess water in your home. Proper sanitation is also encouraged, which can be done by wiping down all of the surfaces in your home—even the walls—with an anti-fungal or antibacterial solution. Once you do move your art pieces in, do not be remiss with cleaning in the areas that surround your art to keep them safe.

Professional Framing

If you’re a big fan of paintings, it’s important that you have your art framed by a professional. It might be a tad expensive, but it is worth it. The materials that go into professional framings, like glass, help to keep your artwork safe from elements that may harm and devalue it, according to contemporary artist Bryce Hudson.

Glass and a properly fitted frame keep out mould, dust, and indoor air pollution. Depending on the glass you choose, it can also protect it from harmful lighting. Your fine art piece will only last for years if you provide an ideal environment for it. Getting the input of a professional can help you understand what sort of framing and glass is needed to protect your different pieces.

Keep Away from Direct Light

Fine Art and direct sunlight are a bad combination. The heat from the rays of the sun can damage the protective varnish of your paintings. It may even cause the art piece to become discoloured and brittle over time. Instead of direct sunlight, planning out proper lighting helps keep paintings vibrant and alive. Ceiling-mounted accent lighting works well with paintings and wall art as they can be adjusted and moved when necessary. Angling it by at least 30 degrees will ensure that your piece gets proper light without it casting shadows that detract from the aesthetic appeal. It should also keep the warmth to a minimum which keeps the painting safe.

Your fine art pieces are an investment and should be suitably cared for. Keeping them in proper frames, proper lighting, and even a mould-free environment all contribute toward safeguarding your art pieces and potentially increasing its value. If you do it right, you just may end up with pieces that you can pass down to your children or even grandchildren.