February 10, 2016, Naomi Sand
Earlier this week, I sat down with Carson Price to get an artist’s perspective on some framing trade secrets. Though the seemingly endless framing choices (type of frame, color of mat, etc.) can be overwhelming, she narrowed the process and divulged her three favorite no-fail framing methods:
1. Instantly Update Your Artwork by "Floating"
One of the easiest ways to update your art work is to have the art "floated" (set atop) white mat board then paired with a sleek, unadorned white, black or metallic frame. You can take the look a step further by asking your framer to use spacers which creates distance between the art and the glass.
Does your piece have rough or frayed edges? Have no fear! Often a ripped or ragged edge helps add to the overall aesthetic of the piece once it is framed.
2. When framing a canvas, opt for a white, natural or champagne colored floating frame
A simple floating frame is also great for delivering a modern feel to classic subject matter. When framing a more traditional subject like a landscape or flowers, the juxtaposition of a classic subject coupled against a floating frame (rather than an ornate, gilded one) gives a modern vibe.
3. Choose a metallic frame for an updated look
Try looking at the painting's color palette before choosing the frame. If it has distinctly cool colors, a silver or mixed metal frame will both work with the art. Mixed metal frames are always a great choice, as they can help emphasize both the cool and warm tones in the painting or room.