There are endless possibilities when it comes to framing a piece of artwork which can make it very difficult to decide on the perfect frame for your piece. Below are some points to consider that might help you narrow down your choices.
What type of artwork is it?
Do you want a neutral frame that won’t distract from the artwork, or do you want the style of the frame to enhance the piece? A popular choice for a neutral frame is a simple wood frame, or a narrow metal frame. For a frame that makes your artwork pop, choose a color either found in the artwork, or that contrasts with the artwork.
Where will this piece be hanging?
What color are the walls and the furniture? Are there specific colors or textures in this space that might complement a specific style of frame? For instance, if the room is mainly composed of blond wood tones, you may want to opt for a frame in a similar hue, as opposed to a dark wood frame. Or, if the room has bright white molding, you might opt for a white frame. Considering the overall style of the room may help you in narrowing down your options.
When it comes down to it, choosing a frame really is a matter of personal taste, but hopefully these guidelines can help you get started. Keep in mind the quality you choose, a solid frame wood is better than plastic or wood composite. You can also choose glass or plexiglass for a child friendly option.
If you are framing original art and not a reproduction, make sure you request archival and acid free components.
At Petit Collage we make our frames on demand, by hand, with a museum quality framer. We chose a deep solid maple wood frame and used acrylic instead of glass (shatterproof and child safe). They come sealed on the back with felt bumpers and hanging wire, which compliments artwork very nicely.