If you are like me, you probably have every room of your house decorated, but what about the bathroom? With all that moisture and temperature shifts, is it safe to hang an acrylic painting in there? The answer is yes. It will be okay if you have it framed under glass, with backing. You should not just hang it up on the wall without glass protection. It would begin to warp, damage.
In this article we will go over tips and safety measures to assure your painting is in tact while hanging in your bathroom, as well as may other questions about framing it under glass and other options.
So if you are hanging your painting and framing it under glass, you absolutely must make sure it is 100% sealed. I recommend buying a sealant and using it on the backing of it. This is to ensure no moisture from the bathroom gets in, otherwise your painting will be affected.
However, some people swear that they have had their acrylic paintings completely uncovered in their bathrooms, and nothing happened. They just reported whipping down the painting with a cloth every time they cleaned their bathroom.
What would also help is if you have a vent in your bathroom, that way it will keep the steam to a minimum.
This is the glass picture frame I personally have in all of my bathrooms.
What’s nice about it is that it comes in all the sizes you need, from 5×7 to 24×36 which is huge. Click here to see more info on Amazon. I also bought a sealant to make sure no moisture got in the back. So far all my paintings are still in top condition and the frame is very easy to clean.
If you still don’t want to glass frame your painting, there are other solutions to your decorating needs.
Tips For Hanging Acrylic Paintings
Like I’ve mentioned above, the biggest issue you’ll face displaying art in your bathroom is humidity. Moisture, especially if it gets trapped under the glass—can seriously stain artwork and matting. If you’re at all worried about damage, I suggest sticking with inexpensive pieces, particularly work on canvas or ones without glass or glazing.
Don’t Keep Doors and Windows Closed
Make sure to open up your doors and windows to keep moisture from accumulating. You can also run a fan in order to remove the moisture in the room.
Don’t Choose an Elaborate Setup
When it comes to figuring out how to display your art, I recommend metal, wood, or plastic frames without frills. Certain types of frames can reduce air flow and starve your acrylic.
Should an Acrylic Painting Be Framed Under Glass?
While you may want to keep your acrylic painting safe and sound, it may not need a glass frame to protect it. In the section above, I recommend framing an acrylic painting with a backing, if you are looking to hang it in your bathroom, or anywhere that it can be exposed to moisture or steam.
However, if you are just hanging it in your living room or bedroom, you don’t really need a glass frame for it. Acrylic paint is very durable and if anything, you would just have extra work by needing to dust the frame and glass.
I do like to glass frame acrylic paintings that are not done on a canvas. I use very heavy paper or those thin cardboard like canvases sometimes, and I think it would look nicer in my living room if it was glass framed. Apart from looking nice, if your painting is not done on a canvas, it gives the paper or card more protection. The acrylic paint doesn’t need to be protected, but the card or paper the painting is on will.
Another option instead of framing your painting is glazing it. You can purchase a gloss sealant and once you’re done, just spray it over your painting and wa-lah! Don’t forget to always be outdoors or in a very well ventilated space before you use aerosols.
I hope this article answered all of your questions for hanging your acrylic and even oil paintings. As always, don’t forget to check out my other articles and some of my favorite picks in my Recommended Products page.