6. Tinker with texture.
A linen mat can add subtle texture to your artwork or photography. In fact, American Frame offers an entire collection of strong, durable and beautiful linen mats from Bainbridge and Crescent. Alternatively, you could opt for a metal frame with a brushed or linen textured finish, and there are even some wood frames with texture to them as well.
7. Employ color.
When it comes to color, frames run the full gamut, supporting seemingly endless possibilities. The colors you choose for your framing treatment affect the way your artwork is perceived. Black frames, for example, are sophisticated, while wood tones add warmth to a picture. Silvers and golds exude dressy or casual elegance, and lighter frames give your art the impression of floating on a wall.
You can leverage color in your framing choices to accent or highlight a particular area of interest in your piece. Different color variations also work well for children’s artwork, bright photographs and concert photographs. You might even play with color on a double mat application.
8. Explore materials.
The material of your frame plays a part in the overall appearance, and you can try different options for different aesthetics. When it comes to natural hardwood frames, there’s no cookie-cutter product. Each one is unique, featuring individual characteristics from grain to coloring. If you’re seeking a uniform look, select a matte finish for either a wood or metal frame.
Take time to explore different styles: There’s everything from bamboo to rustics. Examine the style characteristics in the context of your showpiece. Plain and boxy treatments with matte finishes are sleek and modern, but there are so many opportunities to go beyond that.
9. Emphasize depth and dimension.
To add depth and dimension to a piece, there’s an option to use acrylic spacers, or ¼- to 1-inch deep acrylic placed between the artwork and the exterior acrylic. This is an especially handy option for pieces that have a significant amount of texture, as it prevents the acrylic from smashing up against the work. It can also be ideal for mixed media pieces, like those involving beading. In general, acrylic spacers support a modern aesthetic for your art or photography.
10. Imbue shine.
For an element of luxury and shine in your framing treatment, opt for jewel-tone colors, jewel-like metals or palettes of gold, silver and bronze. All of these add a lustrous appearance and can even give your piece a retro feel.
11. Mat with a black core.
Typically associated with white mat boards, a black core adds an extra pop of color around a piece. This treatment is especially well suited to charcoal or black-and-white photographs, providing another element of style. The window is cut on a bevel so you can see the core, and while most mats do this with a white core, the black option can create distinction and interest. Gray is another really subtle option for introducing a non-white core into the matting.
Get creative with these varied custom framing options, and take advantage of the opportunity to access free samples. Nothing supports a vision better than having sample material right at your fingertips. If you’d like additional support from an expert to make your vision a reality, be sure to use our personalized custom frame consultation.