Frame your case to best fit your art
CHOOSING a frame is just as important as choosing the art, says Simon Baker, of Brookvale’s Australia in Focus. “The frame will make or break it,” he says.
There are several points to consider when choosing a frame.
“You should take into account the time period, style and subject of the art, as well as the environment in which you plan to hang it,” he says
A gold or silver frame can be a great way to give your art an air of importance. Paintings with cooler tones, such as green, blue and purple suit silver frames, whereas warmer-toned paintings, in red, orange and yellow, sit better in gold.
Black frames create a well-defined outline and set the artwork apart from its environment.
However, they can sometimes feel too heavy or strong and overwhelm the art. A neutral wood or white frame is a safer choice, as it ensures the artwork remains the main attraction.
“A good frame draws the eye to the artwork. It never competes or distracts from it,” says Baker.
For a coloured frame, tease out some of the more subtle hues in the artwork.
“It’s also a good idea to be time-sensitive,” says Baker.
“Generally speaking, a classical painting or old photograph tends to look right in an ornate, gilded frame while colourful modern art lends itself to a contemporary white box frame.”
“It’s an important decision so make sure you take your time, ask for advice and play around with several different options at your framer,” says Baker.
“Remember to think outside the square and have fun with it.”
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