In most homes, you’ll find family photos, wall prints, and canvas wall art hung up to add personal touches to a room and make it feel cosy and warm. But, how often have you seen a framed canvas?
Adding a simple frame to some wall art means these pieces not only make a statement but give the impression of a genuine art piece, adding class and texture to your home. The question is, which style to choose from?
Black frames have proven very popular in recent years as they bring a bold, clean-cut finish to artwork of any colour. These can be considered a trendy addition to any wall print or canvas, especially thick designs.
Available to purchase in most homeware stores, black frames are easy to get your hands on and are very affordable. Due to the colour, these frames come in different types of material, such as aluminium and wood, in various sizes to fit any space.
While these frames suit most decor, they should not be considered a simple or easy option, as their dramatic outline draws attention to the artwork, whether it be a wall print or canvas art.
Gold and silver frames could be considered a more traditional choice as gold frames have been used to frame artwork for centuries.
Today, they are still a beautiful way to hang your artwork and bring a metallic shimmer to your walls. The warm tones of gold can help a room to feel nice and cosy, while silver can cool a room down with style.
Traditionally, gold frames would have been made of solid or brushed gold, but today they are made from aluminium for a metallic gold finish that doesn’t cost the earth.
Perhaps the oldest style of frame available, wooden frames have been used for centuries by those who could not afford gold. These frames come in shades from dark to light wood and can even be engraved with messages to suit the image in the frame.
These are often given as gifts to loved ones to frame photographs or family and friends, the perfect personal touch to any home.
Wooden frames are a great way to bring some texture into your home and introduce natural materials to your decor without overpowering the room. When searching for wooden frames, ensure they are FSC certified – which means they are high quality and durable.
Wooden frames often come in a wide range of types of wood, but the most common is oak, as this is the most affordable option.
Large vs Small Frames
Perhaps the most essential part of choosing frames to consider is how large you would like your artwork to be. This is crucial when decorating your walls and must be decided before ordering either the artwork or the frame to match.
How large is your space? Would you prefer to insert one large print or lots of small ones? You could create a gallery wall in a space big enough and include lots of mini prints that each compliment your colour scheme and elevate the room even more than a single piece could.
Alternatively, for a majestic piece of art that takes centre stage in your room, consider purchasing a large framed canvas that gives the illusion of a commissioned piece of art that will steal the attention of anyone who walks in the room.
The Perfect Pair
They say good things come in pairs, so why not purchase two or even three frames for a set of matching wall prints that will make your home look expensive and trick your guests into thinking it was professionally designed.
Most websites offering wall art will offer sets of two or three, specially designed to compliment a certain colour scheme and set a specific tone in your home.
These designs are carefully crafted to appear similar in style while also showcasing different patterns and brushstrokes that could fool anyone into thinking they were commissioned just for you.
When black feels too bold, white frames are a more subtle way to dress your artwork while decorating your home in a polished, affordable way.
Similarly to black frames, these are available in a range of thicknesses, though white frames do not make a strong statement that black frames do, and are perfect for those who want to bring all the focus onto their artwork, with no distraction from the frame.
They are also available as wooden or aluminium frames, making them the perfect choice for those looking to dress their walls on a budget without compromising on style.
Different types of frames will be in fashion at different times, but no matter which style you choose, it is guaranteed to improve the look of your wall art. The best thing about wall art is that it can be changed with the seasons and adapt to different fashion trends as the years go on. The same goes for frames, which are interchangable to create a different look on each wall as you please.