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Where Should You Avoid Hanging An Oil Painting?

It’s possible that the oil painting you’ve just hung on the wall is still vulnerable to being damaged. Never hang an oil painting based solely on aesthetics. Leaving your original oil painting unprotected from the elements could result in more damage than you think!

Oil painting is a highly durable medium, but when deciding where to hang it, it’s important to consider temperature, air moisture, and lighting.

  • Hot or Smoky Areas

Hanging your painting above a mantel, near radiators, or in the bathroom or kitchen is the worst place to do it.

A painting’s paint layer and support can be permanently damaged by heat due to thermal tensions, moisture reductions, or chemical reactions.

In addition to creases and warping, excessive heat can weaken and break the fibers. Paint layers can also be harmed by this by causing cracks, losses, and in the worst cases, paint bubbling or blistering.

  • Areas with High Humidity

When a painting is exposed to high humidity for an extended period of time, it can suffer a variety of damages. Some canvas can shrink, while the frame can expand, putting a lot of strain on your painting. Fortunately, there is a solution. Paint and canvas would become brittle and crack due to this. For paintings on wooden panels, this cracking and warping can be much more severe than it is for paintings on canvas. This type of damage can be permanent.

  • Bathroom

High moisture environments such as bathrooms should not be used because high moisture may cause mold growth which can seep into the paint work and damage the painting.

Where Should I Hang my Oil Painting?

One of the most important considerations when hanging an oil painting is lighting. Oil paintings are often placed under a light source, but it’s important to hang them where they won’t be directly lit with sunlight or any other type of strong incandescent bulbs that will produce heat and dry out the paint. Try positioning your oil painting on the west side of a room so that it receives indirect light from windows during the day, rather than direct sun exposure. This prevents damage like fading and cracking due to UV rays as well as overheating because it doesn’t get enough ventilation in these areas. When you’re choosing which way to face your artwork, think about how much space you have available on either wall before making up your mind. If you don’t have a lot of room, you may want to hang your oil painting higher up on the wall so that it doesn’t get in the way.

What Size Oil Painting Should I Hang?

The size of an oil painting is also important when deciding where best to place it. Smaller paintings should be hung closer to eye level as they are easier for viewers (even those who might not stand too close) to take in at once without having their line-of-sight restricted by surrounding objects or other people. Larger pieces with landscapes and figures need more space because they require multiple views – from both sides and top down – which means hanging them near the floor can help make viewing this type of artwork more immersive while still being able to take in the whole piece.

What About a Multi-Panel Painting?

Oil paintings are often made up of multiple panels that together make one scene or story, and these can be hung just like any other painting – you might want to keep them closer to eye level if they’re small so viewers don’t have to turn their heads too far as they look at each panel individually. The same is true for more complicated scenes with figures: hang it higher on your wall where it doesn’t obstruct views of anything else around it. If hanging this type of artwork lower down makes viewing difficult, use an easel instead! An oil painting placed sideways (landscape) or head-on (portrait) will need different considerations.

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