Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Art question

So, on my epic trip to Buenos Aires, I bought some original artwork (unframed) in a gallery. It's a pencil drawing and a portrait, but upon getting it home, it looks very pale to me. In the gallery, the artist's works were all set in white mats in white frames. They looked airy and beautiful. However, I've pretty much made a commitment to black and dark wood frames in my home (an outdated photo of my art wall here). So should I go with a wood frame and a brown/beige/taupe mat? A black frame with a white mat and a black bevel? A black mat? Decisions, decisions. It's a quality piece and I want to frame it right. Any thoughts?

Photo above is not my home, unfortunately, but it does have some pale artwork. (And what looks like a Christian Dell lamp over on the right.)

from Patric Johansson


mb said...

You know, even though you committed to black frames, I think you can do a pale white frame with a white mat. It can work.
Go to the frame shop and play around with the stock.

Cassie said...

You are probably right. I have seen some REALLY varied frame collections out there.

I wish I had a frame shop where I could trust their taste to guide me.

Designers' Brew said...

Maybe black with pale grey mat? Try a place called New Yorker Picture Frames on 2nd Avenue in the 20s--they're great and should have some good suggestions.

Cassie said...

I just might try them, DB.

erin@designcrisis said...

Thin black frame with white mat?

Guy said...

If you're going white - I've had success in buying a plain frame and painting it the same color as the wall. Not sure if that'd be best in this instance, but just another option!