Your Guide to Choosing the Right Frame Colours

You may have just purchased your very first piece of artwork and are unsure of how to frame it, or perhaps you’ve had a piece hanging in your home for years that doesn’t look quite right.

You’ve taken the time to find a frame that matches the focal colours of your piece, but it clashes with every room you’ve tried to hang it in.

Could it be the colours?

Framing can seem like a simple enough task to the untrained eye, but if not done properly it can throw an entire room out of whack. Any good frame acts as the perfect finishing touch, the element that complements and elevates the artwork within.

It shouldn’t steal focus.

Feeling a bit lost on what colours to choose for your new frame? We’re here to help.

For a Splash of Colour

When choosing your frames, you might be tempted to solely focus on matching frame colours to your artwork. This isn’t needed and can even take away from the piece you want to highlight.

Consider the overall tone of the piece, and whether it complements the rest of the décor in your home.

If you’re wanting to match your frames to your walls, make sure you check the undertones first.

But, what’s an undertone?

Almost all paint colours are created by mixing two or more colours together. This means that every shade of paint in your home has a mass tone (the colour you register it as such as blue or beige) and an undertone. Identifying the undertones are the key to creating a cohesive interior décor and colour palette.

How to find the undertone

1.       Compare your paint colour to its closest relative by getting a paint swatch or colour wheel to compare it to red, yellow and blue-based creams

2.       Your closest match will indicate the undertone of your walls

3.       Voila! You now know whether your paint has cool or warm undertones, and you can now get started on finding a coloured frame to match

Don’t Just Focus on Your Walls

Wall colour is important when choosing frame colours, but you can always go beyond the walls.

Think: the colours of your backsplash, your kitchen countertop, the tone of your wooden floors and cabinets and even your favourite furniture! If all these elements are working together and you add your frames into the mix, then this can even draw out the undertones of your wall colour.

Still in doubt? Choose black or white!

Simple black and white frames are timeless and versatile, there’s just no denying it.

Neutral blacks and whites usually work with almost all interior styles, wall colours and artworks.

If you prefer a contemporary style, match wall colours with frame and mat colours, and this will make the artwork the true standout. However, if you’re leaning towards a white on white look, make sure you match your whites.

Yes, even if you’re choosing a white frame to match your white wall, matching the undertones is still a must.

Picture Frame Substitutes

Feeling ready to give up on finding the perfect coloured frame?

Well, contrary to popular belief, not everything needs to be framed. If you’d like to skip the frames altogether, consider frame substitutes such as block mounting to highlight your artwork in a more modern way.

Ask for Help

With any interior design aspect, if you’re feeling stuck then don’t hesitate to ask the professionals for help.

At Frameworks Custom Picture Framing, we’re passionate about helping everyone find the perfect coloured frames for their artwork and so much more. When it suits you, come on in and visit our Sydney studio where we are more than happy to help create fully customisable frames to suit your art and home, and point you in the right direction when it comes to coloured framing options.

4 Tips for Keeping Your Picture and Photo Frames Clean for Longer

It’s September, which means the spring-cleaning bug is soon to hit homes across Australia. While you may busy cleaning other areas of your house that need some extra love and care, there’s one element to your interior decorating that shouldn’t be left forgotten about.

We’re talking about those frames that are nestled in every corner of your room, protecting treasured memories and mementos, that often don’t get the attention they deserve. While the add a beautiful and personal element to any room, they are often left to gather dust. But, who has time to clean and dust every frame in the house?

While there’s no magical spell for making sure your photo frames are impervious to dust, grime and other unwanted dirt, we thought we’d make the cleaning process easier by putting together some of our favourite tips so that you can keep your picture frames looking cleaner, for longer.   


1. Avoid Placing Them Anywhere that Can Cause Unwanted Moisture

The rule of thumb for hanging artwork and photo frames in your home is to hang them away from direct sunlight and away from the direct blow of air conditioning and heating vents.

This helps to prevent fading images and artwork, while also avoiding rapid temperature changes leading to moisture, condensation and mildew getting trapped under the glass.


2. Clean Wooden Frames Less Frequently but More Thoroughly

Dusting is a job that very few people actually enjoy, but unfortunately, it’s a job that still needs to get done. If you’re someone that hates dusting, then put some elbow grease into your less frequent dusting days.

Thoroughly dusting any wooden photo frames helps to prevent dust and grime from building up and causing scratches.


3. Put Aside a Day to Separate and Clean Metal and Wooden Frames

If you have invested a lot of time and money into your picture frame collection, then you want to ensure they will last as long as possible.

With your treasured metal and wooden frames, separate all parts of the frame to avoid any damage to the picture from water or cleaning products.

For wooden frames: when cleaning the frame, use a soft cloth or brush to gently clean the frame. Avoid using any liquids as this may cause damage. Only use liquids along with proper wood cleaning products to ensure your wood is treated and protected.

For a more detailed tutorial on cleaning your wooden frames, check out our blog here.  

For metal frames: if your metal frames have been treated with lacquer or similar products, then you can simply wipe down the surface. However, if your metal frames are unlacquered and are made from silver plating or something similar, then you can use a specialist cleaning product. If you use specialised products on a lacquered frame, this may cause damage.  

With both frames types, ensure all parts of the frame are completely dry before putting them back together again to avoid any water damage.


4. Clean the Glass Safely

When cleaning the glass of any frame, it’s important to take the time to do it correctly so as to avoid any water damage to your photos. When spraying your glass cleaner, ALWAYS spray the cleaner onto your cleaning cloth first and not directly on the glass.

If you spray directly onto the glass, this can lead to chemical seeping in under the frame, causing moisture damage, mildew and mould. All things that can easily be avoided.  


If you’d like any further frame care tips, or an extra helping hand choosing the right custom frames for your home or office, then get in touch with the experts at Frameworks Custom Picture Framing. We can even professionally clean your frame for you!

Tips on Transporting Your Newly Framed Artwork Home

It’s exciting when you come to Frameworks Framing to collect your exquisitely framed artwork, photograph or picture and you’re eagerly awaiting the moment when you can bring it home and carefully hang it in that perfect place. But have you considered how you will get it safely home without damaging the frame or breaking the glass? Here’s some tips!

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