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The Best Ways To Frame Wall Art | Poppsee

If you never knew the guidelines of a properly framed piece of art, you will today! I am sharing insights on some do’s and don'ts to proper art framing.

Often people don’t put too much thought into the kind of frames they buy for their art pieces, they buy a simple black or brown frame and go on with their day. If you are not familiar with interior design, there are in fact some guidelines to consider when framing your art. Today I am sharing these guidelines so you can have a better understanding of which frame goes perfectly with different art pieces.

Choose A Style

Make sure the style of frame compliments the style of your artwork. For example, you don’t want an ornate gold frame on a sleek black and white photo. Stick with a style and profile of frame that sets off the artwork not detracts from the artwork.


The size of the frame should finish the artwork. A frame too wide can look too heavy, and a frame too thin can leave you asking, “why bother?“

Mat Or No Mat

That is the question. The decision to use a mat can go both ways. If you want to make a small piece of artwork bigger because you are putting it on a larger wall, then add a large mat. If you don't want a mat, smaller pieces without mats can make a great series on a wall or tucked into a shelf. Larger art pieces usually don’t need a mat and look better with a simple frame. In the end, it comes to what looks best to your eye.

The color of a mat, if you are using one, is also important. A classic white mat is usually a very safe choice along with an off white or bone. Black is also great “go to” for contrast. Don’t go too creamy (yellow) as this tends to look old. While I am not a fan of colored mats, I have used them on occasion for a fun pop of color in a grouping or one location. Just don’t use them all over the place.

I first mentioned that often, people don't put too much time in deciding what frame to buy for their art. But there is so much more than basic black or brown. I usually frame artwork with my decor in mind and not just the artwork itself.

Start with two color choices from the room that the art will hang in. What is the dominant finish in your space? Stained wood? If so, then use a frame with the same stain. If you have gold accents and accessories in the room, a gold frame will always compliment those accessories. Or do the same with silver!

I tend to like black frames with clean lines for modern, bold, artwork or photographs. I use white frames for kids artwork, beach homes, and lighter painted walls where I want a more subtle appearance of the frame so the artwork shines.

Colored frames like pinks, reds, blues, and greens are usually left to kids, but there is always a good excuse to have a bold frame somewhere in you home. Don’t forget about acrylic frames! They are amazing, and while they can lean more modern, they are great in a transitional space. I like them for photos and printed artwork.

Flea markets, garage sales, and vintage shops are great places to buy older unique frames. Whenever I see a good antique shop, I always pop in and see what’s hanging on the walls.

Never use a cheap frame for expensive artwork. For good high-end artwork, I will always use a professional framer to ensure the artwork is cared for properly. Protect your investment.

I hope these tips and inspiration images give you a better understanding of what a properly framed piece of art is. Do you love art? Join the community of artists gathering to see the new website launch of Poppsee!

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