Tips & Tricks Thursday – Framing Your Mood
As you know, I’ve been working on updating my bedroom (by now you’re very well acquainted with my dresser saga…). A while ago I ordered some photos by Kaylee Huffman on Etsy.
They’re great shots of the coast, Disneyland, etc. that reminded me of California.
Okay, I’m a bit sentimental about them (…seriously, I still get choked up when I see shots of the Rose Bowl on TV…), and I want to find the perfect way to display them.
That got me thinking about today’s T&T post – How different framing options ultimately create different moods for your artwork (or photography, or whatever).
You’re probably thinking, “Duh, Tiina. That’s pretty obvious”, and it is. But I wanted to clarify what moods those different frames can create. Maybe it will help you finally get around to framing (re-framing) that piece that’s just been sitting around collecting dust in your closet (not that mine have, or anything…).
There are 3 that I’m considering for my photographs.
You’d generally categorize this by using a white frame / white mat board and framing a bold or colorful piece of artwork. You could even use a black frame and black mat board (or any tone on tone – you get the point.). The focus is high impact, showcasing your piece in a gallery-like way. It evokes a fresh, modern feel that is simple and clean.
It’s bright, bold, and sometimes has a hipster-vibe to it (depending on the actual artwork). This is also a great way to showcase children’s artwork or even accessorize a child’s room. The bright colors can create a bold-eclectic vibe when mixed with pieces that have colorful, graphic patterns. The mood can also take a more sophisticated turn when paired with minimalist interior design.
2. TRADITIONAL WITH A TWIST
I love this one because it pairs a traditional frame with a more contemporary image (like a black and white sketch, photograph, or a graphic print). The juxtaposition of the old and the new creates an unexpected eclectic look that’s very chic. It adds an element of interest – being bold, unique, and maybe even a bit daring. It’s thinking outside of the box, and would pair nicely in any number of interiors. It would add a twist of traditional to a modern setting, and have the opposite effect in a traditional one.
This effect is sleek and soothing. It uses simple frames (which can be very striking in a metal finish) that are usually narrow and displayed in a symmetrical or orderly way. Again, they showcase pieces in a gallery-like style.
This works for any number of artwork styles, but I think they make a great impact with simple sketches or black and white images. A tip here is to increase the amount of negative space (the mat board) around the image for maximum drama.
I know that I’ve only scratched the surface on framing styles (Literally. The ideas are endless.), but these are the ones that really speak to me.
Now, if I can just decide on which one will work best for my photos.
I’m thinking that because my Campaign-style dressers have a little bit more of a vintage feel, I will opt for a frame that is sleek and contemporary. Maybe the minimalist style… hmmm… We’ll see.
Do you have a favorite style?