Art sales have exploded in recent years, with more people filling their homes with original artwork than ever. If you’re looking to buy large landscape prints from great artists, they might not be framed yet. However, if you know what to look for in a mat and a frame, you could bring out the best from your home or your print.
Here are five tips for choosing the right mat and frame for your landscape prints.
1. Accenting The Images
When you purchase landscape prints, it’s usually because of something connected with you in the image. Whether or not you can define it right away, looking at the image can help you decide how you want to preserve it for the future. Take some time and think about what it is that you love in the image.
If there’s a particular tone in the image, you might want to add a mat or a frame in that colour to underscore that tone. If it’s the predominant tone, you should pick a different colour. Going with a tone that’s only in some small part of the landscape could draw a viewer’s eye to that section.
When you choose a colour, you begin to dictate the meaning of the landscape or what is important in it. Because it’s your print, you get the opportunity to do that. Your only worry should be that the frame doesn’t draw attention away from the accent you’re making.
By accenting a portion of the image, you show your love for it and that you care deeply for what’s happening in the landscape. You need to be sure that your framer has the exact tone you’re looking for. A slightly similar tone won’t do as it wouldn’t for any painter or photographer.
2. Complementing The Images
If you can’t pick a colour without overpowering the landscape, choose something that allows the image to take up the space that it needs to. You can complement the image with a mat and a frame without taking attention away from it. A thin frame in a simple neutral colour could allow the image to breathe.
If you’re choosing a colour, go with something neutral in a tone of grey. Be aware that any tone that you choose will help to direct the way that other people see the image. Go too dark and the image will seem like it portrays a dark meaning. Choose something lighter and it will seem optimistic.
Complementing an image with the frame could be done through a material choice. If it’s a landscape of modern New York City, a thin metal frame could complement your image nicely. If it’s an image of a past time, aged or stained wood could be a nice complement to the image.
3. Making a Statement
When you choose your frame, you could make a bold statement. IF you’re buying a landscape print of your favourite party destination, you could have a bold and loud frame and mat to draw attention to your print. You could make a statement about a very simple landscape with a few simple choices.
If you love the place where you bought the print, you could have a custom frame built to be really bold. It can be loud, ornate, and gilded to show off your piece.
You could make a statement with your mat in a more subtle way.
If there’s one particular section of a large print that you like, you could isolate it with your mat. A mat can hide as much as it can reveal. Using a mat to cover some parts of a print and reveal others is a bold move but also an interesting one.
If everything in your home is kind of drab, an exciting and intense frame could bring your guests right over to your print as soon as they arrive.
4. Going Historical
When you get a historical print, one of the best ways to accent the image is to do some research. If you find that the scene in your print is from a certain era, you could have a lot of ideas about how to underscore that era.
A photograph of a bar from the early 20th century could be accented with wood that’s from that age. If the scene is from an old Victorian home, a Victorian wood styled frame could tie the image to the frame.
Having a historic frame to go with the image could give you a lot to talk about when people ask about your image.
A landscape print that’s of a certain forest in Hawaii could be framed by Hawaiian wood. The same goes for any kind of landscape. A little bit of history or context will only improve the piece of art on your wall.
When you have a monochrome print, your first thought might be to go with a monochrome frame. However, you shouldn’t rule out the potential for the frame and mat to give some additional power to the image.
A black and white beach photograph surrounded by a wooden frame could ground the image, which seems temporally far away, to the here and now via a frame. A black and white landscape of a city could be matted with a coloured mat to bring some weight and gravity to the image.
Monochrome prints don’t limit you to just black and white. You can get more creative and make your landscape really explode out of the frame.
Landscape Prints Bring Life to A Home
Landscape prints and bring a lot of energy and aura to your home. Large landscapes depicting places you’ve been or where you want to go could tell your guests a lot about you and where you live. The right art in your home could make people feel welcome and excited to be in your home.
For more views of what kinds of landscapes you could be hanging in your home, check out our blog.