It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words.
A fantastic piece of art or beautifully-shot photo creates its own world, acting as a singular snapshot of a time, place or emotion. However, what is often overlooked in the process of showcasing an artwork is the effect that photo frames can have on its presentation.
While stunningly ornate photo frames can bring an air of grandeur and style to a piece, an improperly-chosen frame can just as easily take away from its aesthetic appeal. With that in mind, a “less is more” approach is often advantageous when attempting to choose the ideal photo frames, which is why we have put together a guide to the benefits and uses of minimalist photo frames.
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Choosing Photo Frames That Suit Your Setting
Finding the Balance
Choosing photo frames doesn’t just come down to selecting colours and materials, it’s all about finding a photo frame that compliments the strengths of your artwork itself. Therefore, when attempting to find a fitting frame for a very visually-busy piece of art, it’s important that you use a frame that doesn’t try to draw the eye away from the main attraction.
As an example, it is exceedingly rare to see a poster mounted within an ornate frame. This is because poster frames are designed to emphasize the image itself, rather than adding to it visually. Additionally, given that posters generally tend to be quite large, a thin, simple frame helps to balance out the shapes in an unintrusive way.
Once a photo or artwork has been placed within a frame, the two are inevitably going to be observed as a singular whole. With that in mind, you want to ensure that one doesn’t unbalance or cause discord with the other. So, when framing an aesthetically-busy piece, minimalist photo frames is the perfect way to keep the observer’s focus exactly where it should be.
Selecting Your Style
The nature of minimalist frame design doesn’t necessarily offer a wealth of options to choose from. However, the subtle differences from frame to frame to have an impact on the overall effect a frame has on a space. Material can be a key factor towards the ‘feel’ or ‘atmosphere’ it adds, and as such should be considered when styling.
Wooden frames offer a warm, rustic look that can be used to beautifully compliment vintage interiors and shabby chic decor. Additionally, wooden frames are excellent for accenting, allowing them to enhance photographs without overpowering them.
For those of you who prefer a more clinical or ‘clean’ aesthetic when showcasing display pieces, you may want to elect to use metal photo frames. Metal frames are often used in bathrooms and kitchens, as they can be matched or coordinated with the existing metal fittings present in both rooms.
The ideal starting point when selecting the material of your minimalist frame is to look over the materials it will be surrounded by. Not to be overly simplistic, but wooden frames tend to compliment other wood-oriented pieces, and the same can be said for metal.
Keep it Simple
While there are an enormous variety of frames to choose from when looking to mount a photo or artwork, sometimes the simplest choice can be the most effective. That’s why, whether you’re looking to hang your vintage Star Wars posters, or just trying to find a tasteful surround for your wedding photos, minimalist frames are a perfect way to compliment both your piece and your interiors.
If you need assistance when trying to find a perfect frame to fit your piece, visit us in-store, or contact one of our framing experts today! With a range of photo frames that can be custom-fitted to your piece, Frames Now are sure to have a style to suit your needs.