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.