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Old 06-18-2019, 11:45 AM
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Red face Need advice on choosing style of frame

I see some frames are flat while some have a deeper scoop and diagonal lines in the corners.
Which style is considered more professional? Is one better than the other, or just personal preference?
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Re: Need advice on choosing style of frame

Whatever frame you choose needs to enhance the painting. I can only choose the frame when I see it with the painting.
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Re: Need advice on choosing style of frame

Speaking as a custom framer (what I do during the day), I can say that there are untold thousands of frame designs available. Countless profiles (shapes), countless finishes; closed corner vs. mitered; different price points, vendors; it goes on and on.

When I work with my customers, I balance a number of concerns: where will it hang? Why is it being framed? What compliments the art? What's the budget? etc.

Design rules are very similar to those an artist use to determine color use, values and composition in making art. Same principles, different applications. Ideally, the framing matches the art, drawing attention to the art and not to itself.

Given those considerations, the sky's the limit as to what will work. There's a wonderful book about this subject that I highly recommend: Guidelines For "Great Frame Design" by by Greg Perkins: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/09...KIKX0DER&psc=1
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Old 06-20-2019, 04:55 PM
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Re: Need advice on choosing style of frame

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Whatever frame you choose needs to enhance the painting. I can only choose the frame when I see it with the painting.
Thank you Bethany for the reminder to consider how it enhances the painting!
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Old 06-20-2019, 04:58 PM
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Speaking as a custom framer (what I do during the day), I can say that there are untold thousands of frame designs available. Countless profiles (shapes), countless finishes; closed corner vs. mitered; different price points, vendors; it goes on and on.

When I work with my customers, I balance a number of concerns: where will it hang? Why is it being framed? What compliments the art? What's the budget? etc.

Design rules are very similar to those an artist use to determine color use, values and composition in making art. Same principles, different applications. Ideally, the framing matches the art, drawing attention to the art and not to itself.

Given those considerations, the sky's the limit as to what will work. There's a wonderful book about this subject that I highly recommend: Guidelines For "Great Frame Design" by by Greg Perkins: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/09...KIKX0DER&psc=1
Thank you Steve, really appreciate your expertise and wonderful advice. You're right, I should consider all these factors. I also appreciate your helpful book, will check it out!
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Re: Need advice on choosing style of frame

I put together frames for a living and I am constantly astonished how often our designers select ugly looking moulding that turns out to look fantastic when used to frame a specific photograph, design, or painting. Also I was shocked the first time I realized that the correct selection of moulding can make mundane looking art instead look great. My recommendation is simply to visit a frame shop and look at the wide selection of items framed for display.

My understanding is that the moulding is irrelevant aside from how good it manages to make the artwork look on display.
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