Framing 411

And you thought buying art was confusing! Don't let the myriad options at the frame store send you running for the hills. Keep these simple rules in mind to ensure the perfect fit for every piece. Get the picture?

framing_411_1.jpgAbove: frame samples, Custom Art Concepts.

General Framework

  • Original paintings should not be displayed under glass as condensation and light can damage the painting . Instead, simply frame the piece.
  • Never choose a frame based on your interior; a frame should suit the art, not the space.

Contemporary Art

  • Generally speaking, a contemporary or abstract piece of art looks best with a contemporary frame.
  • Choose a streamlined frame that won't distract from the artwork.
  • When in doubt, go gallery style with a classic, simple black frame.

contemporary.jpg Above: "Graffiti Royal" by Emilie Rondeau, at Art Interiors.

Traditional Art

  • Traditional pieces can be visually heavy and are marked by their strong presence. A frame needs to stand up to that strength in order to complement the piece.
  • Match the scale of the frame to the weight of the piece.
  • Once you identify the correct scale, select the finish (e.g. gilded, carved wood, etc.).

transitional.jpg Above: "Cradled Desire" by Masood Omer, at Art Interiors.

Transitional and Paper Pieces

  • Because of the fragile nature of paper, glass is a must for framing photos, prints and documents.
  • White matting will make a print pop.
  • Alternatively, extend the art's limits with a matte that matches the piece. For example, you might choose a blue matte for a landscape featuring a big sky or a lake. The matte will read as part of the artwork, rather than a distinct element.

traditional.jpg Above: "Lily" by Elzbieta Krawecka, at Art Interiors.

 

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