For my birthday I received an unframed Andrew Bucci. Initially I just assumed that I would put it in a delicate gilt frame -- maybe something with tones similar to what Gerrie Bremermann chose for hers.
But exceptional water-gilded frames can be very expensive. And the salon-style wall I'm assembling is less formal, in keeping I hope with Peter Dunham's look.
Other small paintings that will be part of my grouping include this black-wood framed piece by Amanda Talley.
The golden rule in framing says the art must always be the star; mats and frames shouldn't detract from the picture. After that, as gallery owner Emily Amy told us in January, "...frames are works of art in themselves. If you need to add a frame to a painting, you can really add a touch of your own personality and taste to the piece."
My Bucci happens to be an abstract of something very outdoors-y and natural, so I took my cues from the branches. I picked up the earthy, neutral tones with a simple stained wood frame and coffee-hued double mat. This allows the soft blues and greens of the painting to pop forward, rather than fade into the wall. (I did opt for the most expensive grade of archival glass.)
There are myriad options when it comes to frames, and I still don't think natural, stained or painted wood works with everything of course, but at times it can be an alternative to a less than stellar gilt molding.
As a post script, I always thought the framed botanicals above were interesting; feminine subject matter with strong black frames. It works. Interior design by Suzanne Rheinstein, House Beautiful, May 2002.
This a tiny image cropped from a New York Social Diary photo of Miles Redd's living room. Perhaps you can make out the work on paper with brown mat.