Everything about framing
When it comes to creating a beautiful gallery wall and framing your art pieces, understanding the elements and sizing is essential. We will help you break down the key components and offer tips for achieving the most beautiful gallery wall - the Maison Flâneur way.
Elements of Framing:
Framing isn't just about putting a border around your art; it's a carefully orchestrated combination of elements that enhance the overall presentation and give your wall a personal touch.
Sat between the frame and back board, all the different elements create a composition for the artwork to shine. Depending on the style of your artwork, a full bleed or a mounted piece might be more adequate. An anti-glare glass might also be your preferred style in a well lit room. However, before picking your frame, one of the most important factors is the size.
What about sizing?
Selecting the appropriate frame size is vital for effective visual storytelling, especially for intricate artwork such as "Together Because It Feels Good". The chosen frame size dictates composition, ensuring a well-balanced and engaging portrayal of the subject. Whether opting for a wide-angle to capture expansive scenes or a close-up for detailed emphasis, the choice significantly influences viewer perception. You can visit our size guide for a more techincal guidance.
In essence, the importance of choosing the right frame size lies in its capacity to enhance narrative impact and aesthetic appeal, making it a critical aspect of successful visual storytelling.
What's a Passe-Partouts?
Passe-partouts, often referred to as mats, offer a multitude of design possibilities to elevate your artwork's presentation.
By increasing the distance between the glass and the artwork, they create a captivating depth effect that draws focus.
Ensure the nuances of your picture match the mat's colour to achieve a harmonious overall appearance. Bright pictures pair best with bright mats, while darker images benefit from black or grey mats.
The width of your passe-partout edge is a matter of taste but typically looks most harmonious when it's about 10-12% of the longer side's size.
For optimal coverage, the passe-partout cutout should be 5 mm smaller than your image.
White may give your image more room to breathe within the frame.
Black will highlight the art as it removes all light from its surroundings.
How should I approach the design of my gallery wall?
Creating a beautiful gallery wall is very personal and you should be ready to infuse it with your own taste. There's no one-size-fits-all approach; each gallery wall is unique.
- Repeat colours 2-3 times across your art pieces to tie them together.
- Mix different art styles for depth and variety, aiming for 2-3 pieces per style.
- Vary sizes and orientations, ensuring a mix of vertical and horizontal pieces.
- Embrace diverse frame finishes and styles, with three finishes being a good rule of thumb.
How to work on your wall gallery layout?
Laying out your gallery wall on the floor is simple, cost-effective, and requires absolutely no technical skills.
- Start with your largest art pieces, placing them off-centre for visual interest.
- Distribute similar-sized pieces, colours, or art styles throughout the wall to maintain balance.
- Mix and vary your frame styles to create an engaging visual rhythm.
Choose a "standard" spacing that feels right but don't obsess over perfection; imperfect arrangements often yield the most character.