Finding the right artwork is only the first step in creating the home of your dreams. Once you’ve found the right art print, you have to decide how to frame it. When it comes to displaying wall art, frames play a crucial role in how the artwork is perceived. Think of the frame as the link between the artwork and the home decor. Choosing the perfect frame for your print is therefore as important as choosing the art print itself. A well-chosen frame will not only enhance the artwork, but also complement your interior and help to create a cohesive look. A frame also protects the art print from damage and external influences and therefore greatly increases the longevity of the wall art.
With the myriad of style options available, choosing the right frame can seem daunting at first. This guide will help you to choose the best frame for your artwork and help giving it the attention it deserves.
Things to consider when choosing a frame
Starting point for choosing a frame for your art print is always the print itself. The perfect frame will enhance the style of the artwork rather than distract from it. Write down the measurements of the art print to make sure the frame will fit. Once you know what size you need, you should consider the style of the wall art. Landscape photography prints that have a natural feel to them, might look best in classic, ornate frames made of wood. Modern black and white art prints and abstract art prints in bold colors, on the other hand, might look better in simple sleek, modern frames made of metal or acrylic. The minimalistic style of these types of frames enhances the artwork in a subtle way that doesn’t take away from the art print itself.
When choosing a frame it’s not just the style of the art print that matters, but also the overall aesthetic of the room where the print will be displayed. For example, if the room has a clean, scandi style, a simple frame in a neutral color would be a great choice. If, on the other hand, the room has a more rustic feel, an ornate style frame made from wood would be the obvious choice. The frame should also match the color scheme of the room and the art print itself.
Types of frames
Frames come in endless different finishes, widths, formats and colors. The material the frame is made of and its color greatly affect the overall look of the artwork. A frame made of wood or bamboo gives the piece a traditional, natural look and adds warmth to it, while acrylic and metal frames add a more modern feel to the artwork. Also, some materials are better suited for certain environments than others. In humid, damp rooms it’s better to avoid wooden frames as they can warp and crack over time. A metal frame might get rusty in these conditions. In order to protect the sensitive paper from damage, a UV-protective glass is recommended if the art print will be hit by direct sunlight.
When it comes to colors, neutral colors such as white, black or wooden beige will blend with any color scheme. Frames in bold colors such as pink or yellow will create a more eclectic look. If you are looking for a luxurious feel, opt for a silver or golden frame.
To Mat or Not to Mat?
One final important aspect to consider when choosing a frame is matting. A mat creates a separation between the artwork and the frame and gives it more depth. It can enhance the overall appearance of the print and make colors pop. Whether or not to use matting depends on your personal taste and the size of the art print. While larger prints may not require a mat, it is recommended for smaller sizes. As a rule of thumb, the bigger the size of the print, the smaller the mat should be. Be sure to always remember, that a mat will add to the final dimensions of the print.
Choosing the perfect frame for your wall art is an important step in creating a cohesive and stylish wall decor. The frame is the link between the artwork and the home decor, and can greatly enhance the artwork while also protecting it from damage. Factors to consider when choosing a frame include the style of the art print, the overall aesthetic of the room, the material and color of the frame, and whether or not to use matting. The perfect frame will enhance the style of the artwork and complement the room's decor.