THE ART OF FRAMING A DECORATIVE ARTWORK

 Publish on 2018-02-08, by Alain Lemire
An artwork hanging on the wall is always more interesting to look at when it's well framed. Several options are possible depending on the tones of the image and the color of the wall to decorate. You'll see some examples in this article.

THE FRAMING POSSIBILITIES OF A DECORATIVE IMAGE

 

An artwork hanging on the wall is always more interesting to look at when it's well framed. Several options are possible depending on the tones of the image and the color of the wall to decorate. You'll see some examples in this article.

 

On a personalised art print of 14"X21" of size, the mat is "the choice of choice" if you want to bring out the image on the wall. In this size a width of 2 inches is suggested for the mat.

 

If the image is in light color shades, a white mat may pass, but not on a dark image. The whiteness of the mat may extinguish the color of a dark work.

 

The use of a mat that use color in the artwork is a good solution to this problem. A second colored mat can be added under the visible mat for more high class looking!

 

The color wheel as a working tool

To help you make a wise and visually interesting choice, we will use the color wheel. Well known to creative people, the color wheel was created by the British scientist, Isaac Newton in the 17th century. He studied the transformation of white light into a rainbow. He separates the colors into seven groups. To learn more about the chromatic circle, visit this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_wheel

 

Play with colors

 

To harmonize a frame with the color of a wall, it would have to go with a complementary color. This is a color that faces another on the color circle, as represented using the 2 small pale circles. For example, a sky blue pulling a tad on the navy blue, would see its complementary color be an orange.

 

 

Having a frame with an orange mat on a wall of such blue would see this mat come out strongly. As for the opposite, to have a blue mat on an orange wall, the mat would have a less intense effect.

 

A classic vision

 

Taking a more classic touch is another avenue in framing. A wooden frame dyed in a dark color, which could harmonize well with your wooden floor, like on the intro picture at the top of this page. Add a beige double mat on top and white underneath that can be coordinated with lots of wall colors.

 

See for yourself this little animation!

 

 

Neutrality in case of conflict with your beloved

 

To attract less eye colors around the frame, the ideal is to go with colors more neutral as a bluish gray, also called cold gray, in reference to the cold colors that are blue, green and violet. A silver molding makes it possible to well distinguish and separates the interior of the frame to the wall.

 

 

As you can see, framing a decorative image can be a good puzzle, especially if the choice of colors of the frame setup are done with your loved one!

And you, how would your next purchase on Lemireart.com would be framed? Drop a line to let me know!

 

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