If you’re ever at a loss with how to decorate a blank wall in a living or family room, take a cue from this sophisticated space filled with enlarged black and white photography arranged in a tight grid.
This image has been seen by many, but it’s still one of my favorites. It took some thought to achieve the look, but I love how this display keeps your eye moving around and yet it is still so well balanced. Notice the mix of black and white frames in different sizes and that one black mat thrown into the mix, all of it hung on a blue painted plank wall – lovely.
Profile color is one of the more distinctive features we notice when first looking at a frame, and the right one can complement the artwork perfectly. However, not paying enough attention to this choice can lead to a frame that either overpowers the artwork inside, or doesn’t give it the sense of importance it deserves.
Black and white photos are generally accompanied by black and white frames. Frames for colored photos, much like prints, should ideally complement the dominant colors in the photo.
Determining the focal point of an artwork is often a subjective task, so you as the art enthusiast should determine what you want the eyes to focus on. You can call out specific elements, tones and emotions by utilizing opposing subject and frame colors.
Black and white are classic choices that don’t appear everywhere just by chance. This duo is the most situationally-friendly when it comes to framing as they work well with most interiors, artworks, and photographs.
Want to minimize your TV? I love the way Emily has combined both black and white photography and art in a clever gallery wall arrangement to detract from the flat screen – a smart design solution if your television is out in the open.
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To get started with your own gallery of photographs, Ann Beck Photography has plenty of suggestions for combinations of frames to inspire you.
The location and hanging placement of your artwork is just as meaningful as its accompanying frame. Decide where you would like your art to reside. If you’re selling the work this may remain a mystery but if you’re responsible for its final resting spot, you don’t want it to look out of place.
How do you display your collection once it’s assembled? I’ve always loved this simple trick from Better Homes & Gardens – simply cut any paper (newspaper works great too) to the size of your framed photography and position the paper on the wall with painter’s tape until you’re satisfied with the arrangement.
An awesome work of art is just not the same when it’s in an inappropriate frame. Follow these quick tips and you’ll have a clearer idea on what frame colors will work best. If you’d still like some more guidance, check out our post on how to style your frame to match your project and home.
There are so many places and so many opportunities to place your life on display in the form of black and white images or artwork. How have you incorporated black and white photography into your home?
An entry is the perfect place for a smaller arrangement over a console table.
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For her hallway, I suggested four extra large black frames and white mats with their darling faces enlarged and all four hung in a grid; or a simple hallway collage like this one I created for another friend years ago.
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Another idea is to install a floating ledge in a dining room for layering different sized frames. Angle them so they sit up against the wall or hang a few for variety.
Our unique frame builder is a very useful tool that can help you better visualize how different frame and mat styles will match whatever it is you’re looking to frame.
You can also manipulate the mood of your subject simply by changing the color of the frame.
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Traditional works such as charcoal, pastel, and watercolor go well with modest natural wood frames. Level’s natural gallery and rustic profiles show off the wood’s grain beautifully which lends itself to a more unrefined, approachable feel.
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We’ve compiled a quick list of things to consider when you’re choosing a frame color to best suit the art you’re looking to frame. To summarize:
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Here’s an asymmetrical variation on the same concept but over a sofa – notice the singular thick white line that separates the top and bottom frames.
Pictured above, two identical prints rest side by side. However, the black frame feels heavier while accentuating the deeper, more downcast tones, while the white softens and draws attention towards the less saturated parts of the art. The interpretations and emotions are drastically changed when frame colors are interchanged, rendering each print almost unrelated.
Because of their diversity in subject matter and affordability, posters and prints are a crowd favorite when it comes to purchasing wall art. Never let your poster go bare on a wall because you couldn’t decide on which color frame to choose – aim for a color that’s already used in the piece. Struggling to decide if you should add a mat? We provide some insight into choosing the right frame and mat combos in another blog post.
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Give it a go with the button below, by first entering your artwork dimensions. From there you can upload a preview image of your artwork or photo.
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Dining rooms are always in need of a conversation starter, so make it your photography on a ledge filled with nostalgic moments you’ve captured and framed.
Who says your black and white collection needs to be in black or white frames? Paint them a vivid color for big impact, quite the statement!
Symmetry is the easiest look to pull off, just gather up the same size frames in a grid – bonus points for large off-center mats, and then hang your favorites in a series. The bigger frames and mats are an investment but worth it, the look is timeless.
And don’t forget this tip when you get to the hanging part – again it’s painter’s tape to the rescue for perfectly positioning nail holes.
Timeless black frames offer a nice touch of drama while providing your art with a defined territory and personal space. Conversely, white frames work very well with colorful content and allow for soft emphasis on the artwork. White frames on a white wall is especially alluring, giving the illusion of free floating artwork without borders that’s one with its surroundings, perfect if you feel like your space is cramped or needs to be lightened up.
In the photos above, the natural walnut and white frames share the same image. However, while the natural walnut could work, it distracts the eye from the image, unlike the white frame which allows the photo to stand out.
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But it got me thinking…beyond the hallway, there are multiple ways to display black and white photographs, it just depends on the space and whether you prefer a more eclectic and asymmetric display, or if you favor a symmetric or streamlined look.
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The best part about a gallery like this is you can change out the photos as you please since photography enlargements are so affordable. Showcase your favorite vacation, your wedding, silly faces, your family members, whatever is meaningful.
In a hallway, Martha has an interesting take on near reflective symmetry – here the photographs share black frames in different sizes. Despite their variation in size, the balance is achieved by the continual rotation from large to small in reverse and the fact the frames are positioned off of one straight center line.
Got a poster, print or photo to frame? Then it’s time to get started on customizing your own frame.
We’re here to help if you ever need a second opinion, and can track down other styles if you are looking for something beyond our ten available frame colors.
If your gallery comes in the form of a residential home then it will come down to your current surroundings, style and personal taste. Modern, industrial, and contemporary homes pair well with white or black frames. In rustic, vintage, and bohemian dwellings, natural wood tones would look right at home. Don’t be afraid to match your frame color with existing furniture you may have to create a cohesive space with various complementary features. Just reach out if you’d like us to match a specific shade from your room and we’ll see track down any frames that’ll fit.
I met a friend at her house a few weeks ago, she has four cute kids and an empty hallway, and she was asking what to do with the “blankness” of it all. I’m a big believer in “bigger is better, make a statement!” when it comes to displaying photographs, and you cannot go wrong with black and white – they are undeniably classic and oh so sophisticated when gathered in a group on display.
Continue with the rest of this blog post to give you some additional guidance on what style and colors to go for.
Medium refers to the different types of materials used in the art process. Any material can be used as a medium, here are the most common types you’ll run into: