One of the things I hope to do this summer is to organize my artwork into collections and frame most of the small and medium pieces. It is interesting to view the impact that a picture frame can have on a work of art.
Although I am mostly drawn to simple black frames, I try to separate my personal taste from what I think best suits the painting. While some images call for ornate gold, others may display well with a contemporary silver border. If your work is similar in style and colors, it is much easier to create a cohesive collection for a single wall.
Picture frames can also help define the environment. For example, when I use white frames, I tend to think of coastal or tropical décor. Brown and black can be perceived as contemporary, modern, or traditional. Bright gold and plein air styles tend to show well in traditional or Victorian settings. On the opposite end, wide and colorful frames may be best suited for a child’s room or patio, etc. (Just my opinion, of course!)
To save on product costs, and still have a finished appearance, many artists are opting for canvases or panels with gallery-wrapped, staple free edges. With wider widths, the artist determines whether to continue the painting around the edges or use a solid color. These paintings can be displayed unframed; however, I think they look best when placed in shadow-boxes, called “floater frames”.