You've got a beautiful piece of art. You have a great space to display it. Unfortunately, the frame doesn't do it justice.
This is a problem that doesn't have a clear answer. Framing art is a matter of individual taste though there are some decorating tips to keep in mind. Like the art itself, over-complicating the frame its in can drag the eye in directions it doesn't want to go in.
For just a single piece, putting a 'busy' frame on art that is already loaded with imagery is akin to wearing polka dots with plaid. If the frame is multicolored, displays items unrelated to the art, or is in an different style (abstract vs. rustic), the feel of that art piece can change entirely. However, if the frame is relatively neutral, such as the image above, and links to the picture or painting inside of it, there's absolutely nothing wrong with a little embellishment. Also, consider putting a softening buffer between the frame and art with mats. Single or Double Mats inside a frame can eliminate the jarring transition from frame to art. Triple Mats seem too busy, in my opinion but there's no reason not to consider it, particularly for larger landscapes.
For a gallery wall, there's a fine line when it comes to balancing those embellished frames. You can have one core artwork in a detailed frame while the rest art neutral. Or have three, aim for an odd number, while the others are neutral. Or, all of the frames can be unique. All without slipping into the polka dots with plaid dilemma. On the latter, you definitely want to consider the space all those pretty frames are in and what the background wall color is. Flat, neutral and warm is best but if there's wall paper, you can toe the line a little further by blending the frames into the wall's aesthetic.
When it comes to framing, the only hard rule I stand by is to make sure everything uplifts the art.
On to 2020
Our 2019 Show was awesome and we are looking forward to the 2020 Art in the Wilds show June 27, 10AM to 5PM and Sunday, June 28, 2020, 10AM to 4PM in beautiful Evergreen Park, Kane, Pennsylvania. Put it on your calendar!
Written and managed by Jackie, a member of the guiding forces behind Art in the Wilds.
Are you a fine artisan who would like to send us your application? Applications for the 2020 show will be due by March 1, 2020! Click here for more info (the Application will be posted at the end of this year): Guidelines