Getting a great piece of modern art can really make your home look classy, but where you place the art, especially a painting, can make all the difference. You'll find a lot of advice about where to put it, but not so much advice on where not to put the art. There are some places that could result in the painting being ruined, or you being hurt.
In Direct Sunlight
Direct sunlight will cause furniture, carpet, books, and other items to fade, and it will cause the painting to fade as well. The fading is gradual, and you don't really notice it until it's gotten really bad. For good art that cost a pretty penny, fading is disastrous. And even if the art was cheap, you've still ruined a picture that you originally thought was nice. Keep the picture out of direct sunlight; if you want light to hit the picture, place it next to a spotlight meant for art.
Over the Bed
Hanging a picture over the bed may look nice, but if the nail fails, or if you experience an earthquake, the picture would fall on your head. Even areas with minor quake risks are still at risk of shaking, and you don't want that frame with its corners and the picture with its glass hitting you as you try to protect yourself in the quake. Even a flat poster, unframed, can be questionable as it could freak you out should it fall on you in the dark. If you want decoration over the bed, try adhesive wall decals or paint the wall itself.
Near the Kitchen
You'd think that a nice painting near the dining room table might help add some atmosphere to the room, but you don't want the painting to be too close to the stove or any countertop appliances. Not only can the heat from the appliances harm the painting, but the grease that wafts up in the air -- those tiny particles that get all over the cabinets and back walls -- can end up on the painting. Over the years, that grease will make the painting look awful and make it lose value. And cleaning grease off a painting is not very easy.
When you identify that wonderful piece of art, look at your home and choose several possible places for the piece. Observe each to ensure direct sunlight doesn't hit the spot, and be sure the painting will not clash with the rest of the room. To learn more about modern art for sale, contact an art dealer in your area.