The Art of Framing Fine Art

Framing fine art is an important process in preparing to display a painting. The right frame does more than merely hold the painting in place and allow it to be hung. It enhances the painting and brings out the colors and the subject matter. The right fame can be an extension of the artwork itself and carry the feeling it is designed to convey outside of the borders of the canvas.

Conversely, the wrong frame can detract from the artwork and spoil the message of the artist. Because there are many different styles of frames to choose from, it’s easy for an art collector to select the wrong frame and spoil the look and message of the artwork.

This is why framing fine art is an important step in displaying artwork. An expert at a custom art framing store can help you make the right choice in displaying your work of art and enhancing its beauty and appearance.

Frames in a Variety of Styles

There are several different styles of frames to choose from, from understated minimalist frames to ornate frames that are works of art in themselves. There are frames made of wood, metal, plastic and other materials. Finally, frames come in various widths that, again, affect how the painting is perceived by the viewer.

While it is possible for an art owner to frame their art themselves, it’s recommended that they leave this task to a custom art framing professional. Frames simply purchased from a store may not fit properly and can, in some instances, actually damage the painting if it is improperly installed. In addition, choosing the wrong frame detracts from the beauty of the painting. Just because a frame looks attractive does not mean it’s the right frame for the painting.

Custom Framing Stores and Experts

A custom framing expert will examine your artwork and create a frame that is uniquely designed to not only fit your painting perfectly but also enhance its beauty. A custom frame will take into account the perfect width that is needed to bring out the painting’s beauty and subject. It will have the proper color and tone to blend with the painting’s colors but not overwhelm the art.

A framing professional will be able to notice details in the painting that can help determine the proper frame. For instance, a small painting may appear to require a small frame, but an expert framer may determine that a larger frame will draw in the viewer’s eye to the painting’s details. Meanwhile, a larger painting may be better suited to a smaller, thinner frame if key aspects of the artwork extend all the way to the edges of the canvas. A professional framer will be aware of key details such as these and help you select the frame that is perfect for your artwork.

There is not “one size fits all” approach one can take when properly framing a work of art, both literally and figuratively. To properly frame a work of art, one must consider the scale and scope of the painting as well as colors, subject matter and location it will be hung. A professional framer will make sure that your work of art gets the display it deserves.

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Dbro 4 years ago from Texas, USA

Very interesting article. It would seem that framing the art is as important and complex as creating the art itself! Thank you for sharing your expertise!

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Better Yourself 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank You Dbro - Glad you enjoyed the hub!

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