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What a difference a Frame makes ... 5 things to consider when framing a painting

You're the excited owner of a new piece of art. You've brought it home and the finishing touch is to frame it beautifully to coordinate with your room. Here's 5 things to consider as you pick out your frame:

1. Consider the style of the painting:

Choose a frame that complements the style of the painting. For example, a modern painting may look best with a sleek, minimal frame, while a traditional painting may benefit from a more ornate frame.

In the left Image the frame is too fussy and it overpowers the painting. In the right image the frame balances with the image and the natural wood coordinates with the natural colours in the background of the painting.

2. Match the frame to the room:

Consider the decor of the room where the painting will be displayed. Choose a frame that complements the colors and style of the room to create a cohesive look.

The rustic finishes in the room above are better suited to the natural wood frame on the right, than the heavy black stained frame on the left.

3. Think about the size of the painting:

The size of the painting should also be taken into account when choosing a frame. A large painting may require a thicker frame to balance out the size, while a smaller painting may look best with a more delicate frame.

In the left image, the frame of the large painting is overpowered by the artwork and the two smaller paintings look heavy in the wide frames. On the right, the thicker frame balances the large painting while the slimmer frames don't overpower the smaller pieces.

4. Experiment with different materials:

Frames can be made from a variety of materials, including wood, metal, and even plastic. Experiment with different materials to see which works best with your painting and the overall aesthetic you're trying to achieve. Websites like allow you to upload a picture and try it in a room setting with different mounts and frames - in fact, that's how I've mocked up all the images in the post - good eh?!

The left frame is too dark and overpowering for the image. In the middle, the silver, metallic frame doesn't suit the subject matter. The last image looks great - a natural, lime washed effect wooden frame suits the nature and natural materials of the subject matter (even though the wooden boat is painted bright blue!)

5. Consider the cost:

Frames can range in price from relatively inexpensive to very expensive. Set a budget for the frame and explore different options within your price range to find the best fit for your painting. Seek out a local framer who will be able to show a number of different mount and frame styles to suit your taste and budget.

If you need recommendations for framers in Cornwall, email me and I'll send you over my favourites.

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