To the very last detail. You get to choose what to frame, as well as the color scheme, style and even proportions.
How many things/times in life can give you exactly what you want?
With thousands of frames, styles, textures and mats to choose from, framing design possibilities are almost unlimited. By mixing and matching them in different combinations, you can hand pick frame treatments to accentuate the best attributes in any piece of art.
What you will be framing plays the most important role in how it will be framed. For example, a canvas is generally framed quite differently than a print on paper, even if the print is of the same image.
The subject, era, style and color scheme of the items being framed should also be factored in. When each of them is carefully considered, the resulting frame design is more likely to be in sync with the art.
There is a time and place for framing to be of a historical nature while in other situations it is fun to explore new "out of the box" options.
Typically, any historical art, documents and artifacts are framed to look authentic to their period. Traditional frame profiles and fabric or hand painted mats are common.
If a new piece of art was painted in an old world style, it may provide the perfect opportunity to update the look; spice it up with a present day frame design.
Drew is gallery director at Sunflower Fine Art Galleries, Mirrors and Expert Picture Framing, 172 7th Street, 516-747-7406.