Glow in the Dark Stars ~ How to make a Realistic Glow in the Dark Night Sky ~ Installing

by Esther Iranyi May 24, 2021

glow in the dark star stickers how to make a realistic night sky on a wall or ceiling.



There's really no trick to sticking glow in the dark star stickers, place them where you'd like and how you'd like.

A random star ceiling looks natural with the stars placed randomly and not in lines or unusual patterns. I think we naturally like to arrange things into patterns so try getting into the zone of 'randomness' but at the same time avoid any awkwardly shaped patterns or lines. Place big stars next to little stars and with varying spaces. Try to avoid an even or uniform placement of star stickers or arranging them into a consistent, regular pattern or maintaining equal distances between each glowing star.

I used to paint astronomically accurate ceilings but as the scale of the star constellations are always going to be much smaller than in the real night sky I far preferred the aesthetics of a random ceiling. Use some kind of projection if you want to make constellations, even a flashlight with paper placed over with dot holes in the paper to mark the constellations.

A secret tip from painting glow murals many years ago was to create a natural balance of darker areas and brighter areas just like the real night sky! If the stars are all over equal brightness, they still glow well and look like pretty shining stars but there is no place for the eye to rest, and no populated starry areas to give more interest. But your star ceiling is your own, some people may deliberately aim and prefer the uniform spread-out starry look. 

Next tip: Keep the very bright green and aqua stars away from the very edges of the star ceiling, you want some lost edges out there. 

Sprinkle the darker blue stars throughout your star ceiling to give you some depth in the star field. Once one of my customers was disappointed in how the dark blue luminescent stars were so dim compared to the green and the blue. I design these purposefully for the depth and variation for a natural starry sky. 

Tips for a patterned star display: Installing the glow stars into a deliberately swirling and winding pattern will create a celestial star trail pattern on the wall that can mimic the Milky Way. Unlike a full glow in the dark star ceiling it is a deliberate placement of luminous stars into an elegant design motif that is shimmering chic! 

Lastly, are you one of the lucky ones who can see the glow in the dark stars on your ceiling twinkling? It's all thanks to the autokinetic effect – a cool phenomenon where a stationary light source appears to dance or twinkle in the dark.

Realistic glow in the dark stars emit a subtle, continuous glow. In the darkness of your room, it can be a bit tricky for your eyes to stay focused on them, creating a twinkling effect.

Things like eye fatigue, differences in how we all see things, and how dark the room is can play a part in this sparkling magic. So, if you've noticed these stars putting on a little show, you're not imagining it! Just remember, everyone might see it a bit differently, adding a touch of personal magic to your cosmic experience. 🌟✨


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