Does Your Art BORE You - Re Frame it!
Art work is one of those pinnacle things in any design scheme that can truly pull a room together and can stimulate many a great conversations.
It is a KEY player in creating a focal point, adding colour and texture, and it will even carry a theme that builds on your rooms story 🙂
Many of us have great art and we don’t even realize how fabulous it could look if we simply changed out the mat and frame or even resized it!
I am here to show you just how incredibly different your art can look with some creativity and a keen eye for detail.
The Warrior Before – The tiny gold frame paired with brownish mat felt dull and boring. It depleted the art of colour and vibrancy.
The Warrior After – We chose this incredible embossed green frame to pull out the green detail within the subject and added this beautiful glossy black mat. My framer created this stunning Art Deco V grove which truly exemplifies the artistic quality of this piece. The warrior looks like it is truly leaping off the page.
Horse and Carriage
Horse and Carriage Before – This is an actual rubbing from one of our clients families travels. Putting this beautiful work of art into a spindly frame is a shame. It completely understates the art piece and does nothing for its appeal.
Horse and Carriage After – We’ve enlarged the frame to include this gorgeous grey mat with black inner mat to truly ignite this piece. It has allowed us to completely focus on the subject and appreciate it for its artistic nature.
Horse & Butterfly
Horse and Butterfly Before – Often times, we see art that has a really strong mat colour, and when you do this, sometimes the mat demands the attention and totally disconnects us from the piece of art itself.
Horse and Butterfly After – We chose this simple neutral beige mat which we feel has allowed us to hone in on the detail within the art piece and show its beautiful colours. We’ve added a bit of detail in the 1/8″ inner mat to add a bit of contrast. To help frame this piece even more, we chose this bronzed gold and black frame, which has absolutely transformed this piece.
The Samurai Before – Ok, we have to agree that the Samurai is making quite a statement with in his pose, but somehow the mat and frame are not cutting it.
The Samurai After – We beefed up the frame to this impressive black rounded frame. It is just as commanding as the subject itself, but somehow doesn’t steel the show, in fact it totally grabs the subjects attention as the Samurai strikes a pose.
Horse and Rider
The Horse and Rider Before – don’t they both look so sad and floppy and unenthusiastic? Okay, art is subjective, I know, but really, the frame makes this entire scene really dull.
Horse and Rider After – In the after shot, notice how we mounted the paper on top of the the black background? This truly has allowed the original beauty of the art piece to come alive and be in its intended state. That and the black mat and vertical line in the V grove help to almost lift the subject and add some sophistication to the piece?
This is a valuable piece of art as it was discovered in the re frame process, and now it carries some stature!
Floral Bouquet Before – The original frame of this piece is actually gold leaf and quite valuable, so we kept the frame in tact for another use. We found that the frame absorbed all of the colour and substance from the beauty of the bouquet itself. That and modernizing this piece meant keeping it in the contemporary design scheme wit pride.
Floral Bouquet After – We chose a beautiful white linen mat to maintain a sense of it’s old world beauty, and a bronzed gold and black frame, which allowed bouquet to come alive and take center stage.
The Stallions Before – This piece was a real challenge because it was a piece that had some sentimental value, but because it was such a dated piece, my clients could not see the potential. Everything seemed wrong with this old piece of art.
The Stallions After – WOW, is all I can say. I was so thrilled to show this piece to my clients after we re framed it. I could not believe how much time we spent appreciating the detail in the piece. We honestly found the beauty in the colours, movement of the water, the way the Stallions seemed alive and almost moving within the art.
We chose a khaki inner and outer mat combination and paired it with the bronzed gold and black frame to maintain some old world charm.
I hope you enjoyed the transformations and were able to see past my reflection in some of the images, sorry, I truly do need to hone my photography skills, but I hope that you can see the value that re framing does have on your works of art!
I would love to hear your success stories, or art framing flops 🙂
As always, helping you in caring for your Total Home!
Cindy Lutes – Property Stylist – Total Home