How Lighting Impacts Your Frames

When creating and hanging your custom frames, it’s natural to consider things like the style of the frame itself, the imagery inside and the surface you’re displaying it on. However, to optimally showcase your pieces, it’s also important to think about how lighting impacts your frames. Don’t overlook this! The right kind of lighting can make your artwork shine, but on the other end of the spectrum, the wrong lighting can actually damage your piece if it’s not properly protected.


So if it’s time to tackle your next hanging project, make sure you’re keeping in mind the two main factors of your frames that are impacted by lighting: their longevity and their aesthetic. 





Extended exposure to direct sunlight can cause damage to artwork like fading, cracking and discoloration over time. Fortunately, when you order from Framed & Matted, you can rest assured that your pieces are protected by the highest-quality materials. Just be sure to opt for UV acrylic if you’re framing something particularly special or irreplaceable—or whenever you’re planning to hang a frame in direct sunlight.


Our museum-quality acrylic filters out 98% of the UV light that can harm your artwork. On top of that, it also protects against other environmental factors that can cause fading and discoloration, such as heat, pollution and humidity. It’s better than glass because of its protective quality, plus it’s lightweight, easier to hang and is less likely to break (which could damage your pieces, too).





Protection is the priority, but it’s also essential to keep aesthetics in mind when it comes to how lighting impacts your framed artworks. For example, indirect natural light can enhance the colors and details of artwork and make photographs pop. On the other hand. if you’re hanging frames in an area with artificial light such as LEDs or incandescent bulbs, the color temperature can slightly change the look of the colors in your piece. Try holding up your piece in different parts of your home with different styles of lighting and notice how it affects the aesthetic!


Now that you know the important components of lighting to consider, you’re ready to get started with creating a custom piece.


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