1. Art Before Frame. Avoid buying the frame before the art. Although framing is the main integrating factor to making an interior and art work together make sure you have the artwork first.
2. Period Art Needs Period Frame. Contemporary art is more flexible then old master paintings and can be hung in a variety of classical frames and still look great. If you put a classical piece in a modern frame however, it can look very odd. For a contemporary twist on your classical art simply hang it near a modern artwork. The contrast will inspire!
4. No Frame? Natural light is always best when viewing art and frames can dull the art even with non-reflective glass. Plus, unframed art gives you a more immediate experience with the artwork. So ask yourself if it really needs a frame. Paintings on canvas usually don’t need it but if it’s a valuable artwork and likely to get damaged then of course, err on the safe side.
4. Group Together. Create a unique “art wall” in your home by grouping different sized artwork together salon-style. Mix up artists but place the largest one in the middle to anchor the group. If you like more cohesion, just make all the frames and mats the same color. To take it even further for a more structured look, hang same-sized framed art in a grid and space them 2″ from each other on all sides.
5. Be Adventurous! Simple white square frames are popular (especially for photography) but it’s fine to play with period frames hung next to modern ones, or even with colored mats to create something unexpected. Keep the look sophisticated by using complimenting styles and colors.
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