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

frame for darker walls and trims

Rooms with darker walls or with lots of trim will work well with ornate frames.

Traditional & Victorian

frame for victorian and traditional painting

Any decor that is more traditional or Victorian will accept a more ornate frame quite well.

Light color wooden frame

light color wooden frame

Soft and neutral light color wooden frame work beautifully with  impressionist paintings that share a similar earthy palette.
Examples: Ash, bass, wood, cherry, maple, oak, poplar and walnut

Black & White frames

Painting for the kitchen

A black frame is sleek and stylish and a white frame is minimalist and understated.  Both work well with contemporary art and black and white pieces.

Family portrait & Classical paintings

family portrait and classical paintings frame

For family portraits and classical paintings from the 18th and 19th century it is popular to use gold coloured wooden frames or frames covered in gold leaf which is actual gold hammered into a thin sheet and then applied to a surface on which an adhesive has been spread.

Framing behind glass or with a mat

framing behind glass or with a mat

Please note that canvas paintings are traditionally not framed behind glass or with a mat. Those are traditionally used for works on paper such as watercolor paintings prints and drawings.

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.

You have questions left?

Get in touch with our team or read more in the article “3 ways to frame an Oil Paiting