Frame your case to best fit your art

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - HOME - Erina Starkey

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.”

A black frame cre­ates a well-de­fined border but be care­ful it doesn’t over­whelm the art it­self… “Tran­scend – Essence” $135 from ur­ban­ In­set: You can’t go wrong with white; Gar­den Ivy $49.95 from pa­perem­

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