Framing is an art in itself and choosing the right frame can enhance a piece of art, while the wrong one might become a distraction. While personal taste does play a role in the framing choices that you make, here are a few basic considerations before you get started!
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Colour, Material And Style
Since frames today are available in thousand of styles, the choices are practically endless. However, one should remember that the artwork and its frame are always viewed together and therefore should be complimentary.
While it is important to pick a frame that is less eye-catching than your artwork, frames too similar in colour to the artwork or as busy in terms of decoration, should also be avoided. Take into consideration how a frame can present the work most effectively - for example by having a moderate amount of contrast with a dark frame on a light painting often helps to enhance and set your artwork apart from everything else in the room.
Selecting a frame is not all about choosing a right colour and material. Besides aesthetics, frames also protect the artwork in the long run from damage and degradation.
Prints, photographs and other works on paper are a good example as they are delicate in nature and therefore require a little more care when choosing the right frame. Acid free mats, backings and glazing the work with ultraviolet light filtering Plexiglas or glass are some of the considerations to ensure that no stains form on the artwork and prevent the deterioration of the paper caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
The Location Of The Artwork
Where the artwork will be displayed is also an important consideration when choosing the right frame. Think about the decoration of the space and how the frame suits not only the artwork but the setting.
Perhaps a monochrome frame would suit a modern space of grey and white hues or a natural, nautical space could do with a frame made from driftwood-like whitewashed timber for a perfect pairing.
Don’t Be Afraid To Be Unconventional
A conventional frame might not suit all works so don’t be afraid to try something out of the ordinary. Sometimes, a frame might not even be necessary if you decide to go bare and display your painting unframed, on a table-top against the wall.
There are no hard and fast rules in framing, but the best frame (or even no frame at all) is simply the one that puts your artwork in the spotlight!
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