Choosing the right frame color for your photos and artwork can transform your home – from cozy, rustic vibes to an elegant and chic modern townhouse look, picture frame colors are a small but worthy investment in elevating the look of your home. However, many factors affect what colors work best depending on the look you want to achieve, and with the plethora of options available, it can often feel overwhelming!
Choosing the right frame is all about the right strategy, and here at (client’s website), we share some of our favorite tips and tricks to answer some of the most common questions our clients have to help you select the appropriate color and style of frames. When it comes to:
What Color Should I Choose for My Frame?
There are several ways to choose your frame color, and it depends on the purpose you are trying to achieve. If you want the frames to complement the photos, then:
1. Choose a Color From the Picture for the Frame Color
Choosing a color from the picture as the frame color ensures the display’s continuity and accentuates that specific color in your photo or artwork. The color selected does not have to be the dominant color of the painting and can be either a small section of the image or the primary color for the artwork on display. For black and white photos, a black frame will make the darker areas pop, which increases the contrast with the white areas of the picture and cause the overall effect of the photo to look brighter and lighter. A white frame with black and white images is less dramatic but keeps the overall look sophisticated and clean.
If your fundamental purpose for your artwork is that it complements the decor of your home, then:
2. Choose a Color That Matches Your Decor
This strategy helps your artwork be a cohesive whole of the overall look of your home. You could select an accent color in your home decor and use that color for your frames. The choice of accent color for your frames gives off a feeling of continuity in color throughout your home and gives it a polished, cohesive look. For interior decor mainly composed of neutral colors, accent color frames add a dash of visual impact and interest to the look of your home.
If you are still in doubt or prefer a neutral palette,
3. Go Neutral
Neutral-colored frames are always a safe choice. Natural wood frames give you versatility and a bit of color without overwhelming. Wood frames also provide a touch of coziness to your home decor. White frames are classic, timeless, and blend seamlessly into your home. One of our favorite looks is to pair a white frame with a white wall, as this shifts the focus to the picture, while the frame adds an element of texture to the display. Just be sure to match the undertone of the white walls with the white of the frame. For example, a stark white frame would clash with a creamy white wall, as the stark white frame is a cool white undertone, while the creamy white wall uses a warm white undertone. Select a white frame that’s a slightly creamy or ivory white to evoke the perfect look.
Black frames are also a great option as a neutral, adding a dash of drama while it defines your artwork clearly against the walls. A thin black frame defines the painting, while a thick black frame adds to the dramatic effect of your photos in your home.
Another popular question that we often get from customers is:
Should I Add a Mat?
Adding a mat provides visual interest to the overall display for smaller pieces. The additional spatial effect provided by the mat also helps bring the focus to the picture while it evokes a clean and refined look. Mats on smaller pieces also add to the overall frame size. For example, an 8 x 10 inch photo with a 2-inch mat would provide a minimum display of 10 x 12 inches, with a thick, bold frame adding to the overall frame measurements. Matting a smaller piece adds to the overall visual impact of the photo.
Larger pieces can also benefit from a mat by selecting a narrower mat that is proportional to the size of your artwork. One nifty trick we recommend to our online clients is to cut out narrow 3 to 5-inch strips of paper and place them around your photo to get a sense of how it looks with different-sized mats. This helps you visually assess what is most pleasing to your eye before ordering.
For more inspiration on what frames and how to style them to suit your home, check out our article, 20 Stunning Photo Frame Ideas for Your Home.