Choose a complimentary color
The color and finish of the frame is a great way to emphasize the artwork and also express your own personal style as well as compliment your existing interior style. Consider the overall look of your space and decide what style or feeling you’re going for.
Darker walls & Trims
Traditional & Victorian
Light color wooden frame
Black & White frames
Family portrait & Classical paintings
Framing behind glass or with a mat
What to avoid when framing your painting
Avoid frames that are too similar in color to your painting. Having a moderate amount of contrast for example by using a dark frame with a predominantly light painting is often helpful because it clearly separates the art from everything else in the room. Be careful of picking a frame with a close color that almost matches something in the painting. It is better to use a complementary color to a similar one. When in doubt, always choose an understated color rather than an overstated one.
Sometimes the style of the artwork dictates the type of frame you should pick
Abstract edgy or modern art most often look best with plain geometric frames and little or no frills.
Ornate frames lend an air of importance so you’ll most often see them used with portraits of important people or paintings depicting important events.
Portraits and landscapes which are more traditional can be paired with more traditional looking frames. In this case, having some guilt or scrollwork won’t seem out of place.
Anything modern contemporary, pop art, surreal or geometric might do better with a more modern frame.
When is it unnecessary to have a frame at all?
All subjects other than portraits can look very nice without a frame and for contemporary artwork framing is completely optional.
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Get in touch with our team or read more in the article “3 ways to frame an Oil Paiting“