Archives for December 2020

White Frames – Why do they work so well?

As in all elements of fashion, designs and colours are constantly changing. However one of the constants for the last few years has been white frames. There was a time when I would not have used them but since a lot of profiles and shapes are now simple and contemporary, it makes it a very usable colour. House interiors have changed and simple coloured walls can host a dramatic display.

As a framer, my job is to enhance your artwork not challenge it – the focal point should always be the artwork. When using white frames, I always try to match the mountboard colour to the frame so that there is a seamless edge and no significant difference in tones. A simple white frame with a white mount, maybe introducing colour into a double mount, can be very stylish and here are some examples to show you what I mean.

Colourful Acrylic Paint pour by American Artist, Artful June

Moroccan Tile with suitable shaped mount

Small accents of colour in “funky” corners enhance the artwork
Paper Butterflies in white box

How to hang pictures in groups

Hanging pictures in groups is an art in itself. It is important to remember that groups are best together if they have continuity:-

  • Frames are all the same colour but vary in sizes
  • Subjects are similar and frames are different
  • All same size frames with different colours

If you wanted to hang a selection of artwork the easiest way to do this is to clear a large space on the floor and lay out your frames. Move them around until you are happy with the display. Some people do not worry about spacing between but I like to have continuity between the frames regardless of their sizes so if I opted for 5cms gap I would factor that into the layout on the floor.

When you have the layout, you then need to work out the hanging measurements. This is best achieved by hanging your picture on an expanding ruler lip so that you can find the height of the string in relation to the top of the frame. This measurement tells you where you need to place the hook on the wall to get the correct position as per your layout design.