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Unending Romance between the Frame and Artwork

By Karan Jain 5 years ago 752 Views No comments

'The best frame-makers could charge more for their frames than many artists could for their paintings'

Interested in buying Indian art and home décor and would like to know a little more about how to frame the same…..without undermining their effect? Read on for more

When it comes to enhancing the appeal of a painting or a piece of art, the frame is as important as the artist's contribution, sometimes more. It provides an effective cushion between the decorative space and artwork that it intends to be a part of. Also, while deciding upon the perfect frame for precious artwork, the act may prove to be slightly overwhelming. Fortunately, the following tips and tricks come in handy and help you choose the perfect frames for your art collection.

'The best frame-makers could charge more for their frames than many artists could for their paintings'

To Frame…. or Not?

Not every painting or art piece needs to be framed. For instance, framing is totally optional for contemporary gallery-wrapped canvas paintings. Here, gallery wrap points to high quality canvas wrapped around stretcher bars and then secured to the posterior (rather than sides) of the bars. This kind of mounting makes the sides of the canvas smooth, neat and free of visible tacks or staples. So, choose your frames accordingly!

Know your Artwork

Before framing, you need to have a fair enough idea of the artwork in question. The various styles of Indian paintings alone include a diverse range of mediums: acrylic figurative on paper, floral in water colors, oils on canvas, or still life etched in charcoal. Whatever you choose to buy a frame for, the ultimate selection will depend a lot on the medium.

Remember, the character depicted by your art piece is also instrumental in influencing its frame. So, is your piece relaxed or formal? Is it a subdued painting that needs to be further brightened or is the piece a bright piece that requires toning down? Is it a simple landscape that needs a better presence or is your choice a better piece of photorealistic artwork that requires a frame that would be subjacent? In other words, you need to gauge the medium and tone of the piece to decide upon its frame.


Buying artwork and placing the same in the right place is a skill acquired by some. Take a good look at all the walls in your interiors—where would you like to display your artwork? Will the place that fits the bill be your formal drawing room or the living room that boasts of a much more casual setup? The frames will obviously vary with respect to whether you want the paintings in official, residential, commercial or gallery spaces. While galleries usually opt for clean lined wooden/ simple metal frames for highlighting the artwork (with mats and mounts in neutral colors), official and residential spaces need to consider the nature of décor, artwork and owner's taste.


The size of your art piece is no longer a restraint with diverse kinds of frames available for some magical transformations. The final framed version of a 12x12 squarish art piece can make an impact via a medium width frame and wide mat border; while for a larger piece of artwork, you may go in for a thinner frame of a color matching the same.


Your budget is essential too. It is important to have a clear idea of the amount that you are interested in investing in your frames. While your prized possession calls for the best possible frame, the eco-friendliness, pocket-worthiness and purpose of the frame have to be considered too.

Way Forward

The primary aim of a frame surmounted on an acrylic painting or oil canvas is to retain the beholder's focus on the piece—so as to create a unified effect that separates, stands alone, and invites undisturbed contemplation. It provides structure for the presentation and protection to the painting on display, while enhancing its appearance in every conceivable way. All in all, trust your instincts and personal taste to create a tastefully done, original frame for protecting your artwork.