So you've found the piece of art you were looking for. Hopefully it's one of my images! The picture inspires you, or has some meaning for you, or it's just a picture you like that suits the space that you're going to hang it in.
My website has the options of black, white or brown frame colour. But if you have any custom framing requirements, please do get in touch as this can be arranged.
So the next choice is which colour frame to choose.
Firstly, it's more important to match the frame colour to your decor than matching it to the image. But in saying that, sometimes those two elements work with each other.
For example, black & white images traditionally have black frames. This is because black highlights the darker features of the image contrasting the lighter parts, creating a balanced look. Also a black frame doesn't distract or draw the eye from the picture.
But black frames also sit nice on most wall colours as well as blending with other decor elements.
If it's a colour image you've chosen, black can really make the colours pop.
A white frame on the other hand can make the darker parts of an image stand out whilst blending the lighter parts into the background. White frames can look clean & fresh as well as quite sharp on certain wall colours & can lighten up a smaller space or cramped room. You may not think a white frame on a white wall would work, but it creates a free floating illusion.
A brown frame generally doesn't work with black & white images, especially if the images are displayed in a gallery for viewing purposes. But for interior decor, against certain colours it can look quite stunning. Colour photographs can benefit from a brown frame when it compliments the dominant colour in the image. Again, if it matches or compliments your decor, maybe a brown frame is the way to go.
Then there's always the option of no frame at all. If you're buying a canvas print they can be purchased framed or as a wrap. The canvas wraps give you the opportunity for a black, white border or my favourite, the mirror edges. This is when the image is printed all the way around the frame giving a 3D effect.
I hope this has given you a better idea of what frame colour you need to choose to suit your decor needs. Below are some images I've put together to help demonstrate the different effect frame colour has against certain shades.
In the images above you can see how all 3 frame colours work with the decor & sofa. The white looking sharp & crisp against the blue wall whilst not detracting from the monochrome picture. The brown picking up the timber legs of the sofa. Black is neutral & retains the integrity of the photograph.
Same in this example, the frame colours enhance & compliment the decor in different ways without affecting the photograph.
This example shows that the frame colour doesn't always fit in with the rooms decor. Personally I see the white as the better choice, but the black frame gives the colours in the photograph of the boat more punch & stands out from the yellow wall more. The brown frame? Well I just don't think it suits sitting against bright yellow or even compliments the orange curtains. It does however compliment the colours within the photograph itself, but just doesn't work on this wall.