Selecting the Right Picture Frame for Your Oil Painting

We all like to believe that we are artsy. Even though, sometimes, the simplest abstract art brings out the most critical aspects of ourselves. But a lot of attention is often focused on the art itself, and many overlook what makes it possible to appreciate the art even more; the frame.

Do you sometimes remove your focus from the painting, and take a few minutes to look at its holder? That fancy ornate covering that borders the edges? In some instances, it may be as simple as a smoothened piece of wood. Whatever the case, picture frames are just as important as the painting they protect and shouldn’t be taken for granted.

The main reason for framing your art, whether an oil or acrylic painting, is to direct attention to the art; to create a uniform piece that stands on its own, independent, and inviting uninterrupted pondering. The function of protection and presentation should not be ignored either.

Developing a knack for framing

Framing a picture is arguably an art on its own. The frame, settles around the artwork, like a finishing touch. The element completes and enhances the oil painting, bestowing itself to the viewer in its best possible illumination.

A good framework can magnify the beauty of your art, while a poor frame choice can dramatically diminish its quality. Whether you consult a picture framing specialist in the UK or not, this is a fact you must know.

Framing a picture; the basis

Here’s a little secret you should know, not every work of art requires a frame. When you consider contemporary gallery-wrapped paintings, it is optional to frame them. A gallery wrap is a canvas wrapped around thick stretcher bars and pinned to the back instead of the sides. By mounting it this way, the canvas sides are left smooth and clean, making the piece staple or stack free.

For other types of pictures, where framing is a necessity, there are some interesting schools of thought to consider. Some people prefer to believe that the artwork itself, and nothing else, should determine how you select a frame. Here are some noteworthy points.

Painting style should suggest the frame style

For instance, a period painting or one from the classical era is better suited to an ageless, traditional, stylish gold-leafed frame or a fetching walnut or mahogany timber frame. Paintings that are lighter, otherworldly-looking or abstract in nature are more amplified by sleek, less fussy frames. And for paintings that are a bit of both, transitional frames- a mix of traditional and contemporary- are most appropriate.

Treat each artwork as its own universe

When a frame is selected that does justice to the work of art, it can be placed anywhere. A contemporary oil painting in a traditionally-styled room doesn’t require a traditional frame. The same goes for a traditional painting in a modern-styled room; it doesn’t need a contemporary frame. Beware of falling for the temptation to buy a frame that matches other in the room.

Look out for the size

Larger paintings appear best with wider moldings and hence, larger frames. However, if going big isn’t ideal for you and the available space, selecting a floater frame may come in handy. Floater frames usually make up 1 to 4 inches in height and width of a large frame, while a typically sized frame takes up as much as 8 to 12 inches of the whole dimensions.

Depending on the type of oil painting, your framer might recommend a multiple layered frame structure- with one or more frame moldings combined together to achieve the perfect look