Congratulations! You’ve found the perfect piece of art and you’re excited to get it on the wall. Now comes the fun part – personalizing and enhancing the piece with custom framing. Custom framing has several benefits, including protection of the work’s aesthetic value and your monetary investment. Custom framing prevents art from warping, fading, yellowing and scratching, but it can do even more, it can create an entirely unique piece that speaks to your personal style and taste and integrates the artwork into its surroundings.
Attention to four key details can help you put your personal stamp on custom framing:
- Style. Custom framing is a great way to integrate works of art in different styles and colors schemes into a single space. The style of frame you choose – be it traditional, modern, whimsical or contemporary, can dramatically change the personality and tone of the artwork. Start by considering the décor in the space in which you intend to hang the piece; consider trim color, other works of art and furniture pieces. Is there an existing style or color scheme that your framing choices might complement?
- Color. Try pulling a color from the artwork and translating it onto the frame or mat options you choose. Do you love the red flowers in that painting, or the metallic tones in that abstract piece? You can make those elements pop by choosing framing options to highlight those aspects of the artwork that you most enjoy.
Scale. The framing options you select can make a big difference for the size of the finished piece. Do you have room to make a dramatic impact with framing, or are you trying to fill a space-constrained nook or corner? Keeping an eye on the final dimensions of the framing options you select can ensure you arrive at exactly what you need for the space you are looking to fill.
Budget. Framing is part of your investment in the piece. Especially with works of high economic or sentimental value, custom framing ensures your treasured art will endure and be enjoyed for years to come. There are framing options to fit any budget, and prices can vary widely based on the customization options you choose. An experienced framing professional will be able to work with you to make the best choices to both enhance your artwork and accommodate your budget.
Custom framing is a fantastic way to make a work of art truly your own. It’s part of your total investment in the piece, emotionally, creatively and financially. Reframing pieces from your collection is also a great way to “refresh” artwork that is already in your home or office. A single work of art could be framed in thousands of different styles and color options. The possibilities are endless! So get creative, have some fun, and put your personal stamp on the artwork that you admire and cherish.
Caption text for paper Romanovsky piece: Four stylistically distinct framing options for an untitled piece on paper by Natalya Romanovsky:
In the upper left corner: Double mats in off-white and teal mirror colors pulled from the background of the piece. The frame selection has a traditional profile in a gold metallic finish, which highlights the yellow and gold tones in the flowers and background.
In the upper right corner: A black decorative frame with a traditional profile allows the bright colors in the artwork to pop. A white linen liner offers visual separation between the art and frame and brightens the overall look of the piece. This framing option (and the nature of the artwork itself) allows the piece to be displayed without glass, if you so choose.
In the lower right corner: A contemporary, clean-line frame in a shiny red finish draws color inspiration from the vase in the piece. With a three-inch white mat, this simple but distinctive style would be right at home in a more contemporary or modern space.
In the lower left corner: A dark brown wood frame with beaded detailing, a 3.5 inch white mat and a fillet in a speckled gold tone make for a traditional presentation that highlights the warm gold tones in the piece.
Caption text for canvas Eventov piece: Four different framing options for an abstract piece on canvas by Maya Eventov:
In the upper left corner: A white linen liner and frame in a metallic finish keep the overall look of the piece light and bright and enhance the metallic tones in the piece. The frame’s mesh textural detail applied to a traditional profile is an unexpected and modern twist.
In the upper right corner: A black frame with silver and gold metallic accents and a traditional profile enhances the metallic and dark tones in the piece.
In the lower right corner: A clean-line black floater frame with a quarter-inch gap between frame and canvas offers a simple, modern profile that allows the artwork to take center-stage.
In the lower left corner: A wide, red floater frame with a ¾ inch gap between the frame and the canvas makes a strong visual impact, and highlights the warm colors at the center of the piece.