Black and white photos create a classic dramatic effect. Black and white prints can be placed tastefully anywhere in the home or office. With so many wood frames and metal frames to pick from, choosing a frame to feature your black and white piece can sometimes be a challenge. You want to be sure to emphasize the picture while creating a look that will fit your décor. Here are some tips on framing black and white pictures.
A thin metal frame in frosted silver with a smooth black mat add a classic look to your picture at a great value. This look can be created for around $40. The thin metal frame will define the space while the dark mat draws the eye inward to the photograph.
To create a “gallery ready” look to your photo, choose a solid wood frame in black with a grey or silver hued mat overlaying a smaller black mat and once again overlaying a smaller white mat. This layered effect of the mat will catch the eye and draw the spectator into the picture. This is a great yet complex mat scheme that will nicely compliment a still life black and white picture.
Choose a wide and high profile frame to create a greater presence. A frame with a brushed silver finish will be elegant when paired with dual mats in white (outer) and grey (inner). The inner white mat will create a subtle barrier between the image and frame. The inner grey mat will provide a subtle progression into the art while creating greater emphasis between the black and white tones within the image.
For a look that will be sure to make a statement, go for a black solid wood frame with a colored mat. The bold color of the mat will demand your attention while adding dramatic effect to your black and white print. For an equally profound design with a softer finish, try a colored wood frame with a simple white mat. This will add a bold design element to any home or office.
Black and white photos have an inherent old world feel to them. Pairing them with distressed wood frames will add rustic elegance to any design. This can be achieved through repurposing an old frame or buying a distressed frame from a store. The distressed frame with a simple mat can draw more attention to the details of the photo while adding to the timeless feeling generated by an old photograph. Try this with wedding pictures or old family photos.
Unusual mats are a great way to create an unexpected element with black and white photos. Gluing burlap, patterned fabric, or even crayons to a plain mat will generate a natural curiosity within the photograph while tying into the nature of the piece. Obviously, you would not use a crayon mat for an Ansel Adams photograph, but it might add a unique touch to a photo of your child. Look at the black and white art you are framing and think about any textiles that could be used to bring the photo to life in a matted frame.
There are many ways to frame and mat black and white pictures. Doing what works for the individual picture and where it will hang is the key to tasteful and professional looking frames.
Author Bio : Rebecca is an art lover with a passion for collecting vintage photo frames. Her collection is largely art deco and includes everything from custom picture frames to fine wooden frames, unfinished wood frames, poster frames & even shadow box frames.