Going With the Grain
Posted by Liana Hornyak on Dec 05, 2019
So, you’ve got the perfect piece of art picked out for everyone on your list. Now it’s time to choose a custom frame to match. You could go sleek and modern with New-School Metal, or bold and playful with a colorful Max Plexibox. But if the seemingly endless options have you stumped, may we suggest a classic and timeless wood frame?
A wood frame won’t ever go out of style, even if your style changes. For that reason alone, they’re perfect for gifting—but you still want to be sure you’re giving the right one. Here are five things to consider when selecting a wood frame.
1. The colors
Wood accents typically work as neutral tones in a home, adding natural (and often necessary) details. However, they still span a spectrum. While there are many factors to consider, it’s generally safe to pair a light colored piece of art with a light colored frame, and dark colored art with a dark frame.
2. The composition
There’s no hard and fast rule here; so much depends on personal preference. But typically, the busier the artwork, the more you’ll want to simplify the frame so as not to distract. Our Black and White Gallery are popular for this reason, as their minimalist, painted style allows them to blend into (or offset) the art.
Have a more minimalist piece? Add some interest with an exposed wood grain. Walnut Gallery, Natural Gallery, and our Gallery Deep Frame in Black Ash offer beautiful variations that ensure no two are exactly the same.
3. The subject
Nature-inspired art calls for a nature-inspired frame, and you can’t get more nature-inspired than wood grain.
4. The depth
If you’re framing a piece of art on canvas or other thick material, you’ll need to go beyond the classic Gallery Frame, while keeping the same guidelines for color and composition in mind.
Our wood Canvas Float Frames are available in a variety of colors, in custom sizes up to 40x60”, and with a slim profile perfect for showcasing artwork on canvas.
The White Canvas Float works beautifully with the soft colors in this original painting.
5. The home
Last but definitely not least, consider where your custom framed art will live. If that’s your own home, simply choose a wood frame that matches your signature style. If you’re gifting the piece, consider what you know about the recipient’s tastes. Does this person prefer things that are modern and glam? If so, opt for sleek and minimalist Black or White. But if your loved one loves a laid-back, bohemian look, they might also love a more rustic wood grain.
Ready to go with the grain? Find the perfect wood frames to custom frame your holiday gifts at simplyframed.com.