Contemporary Gilding

We recently framed this beautiful abstract print with a contemporary gilded frame. Firstly, we chose an antique white mat board to compliment the warmth of the art paper. We gave it about 3-4″ with a slight drop at the bottom for gravity. Then we chose a very simple profile, clean and elegant in any finish: ½ Face x 1-1/2″ Depth. And lastly to add the cherry on top, we chose to make the finish a clean sharp moon gold. We decided on moon gold for the warmth of the tone, which fits this piece perfectly, but also to set it off: to make it special. This piece is going to be featured in a prominent place in the client’s home so it had to be a knockout.

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Framing Vintage Botanicals

We have a lot of clients that bring us vintage botanical illustrations and it has become one of my favorite things to design frames for.

The soft colors in the illustrations pair beautifully with both metallic and wood finishes.  For this piece we decided to do a mix of both. The pink tones in the flowers called for a moon gold but it was a little too strong so we toned it down with a natural maple with a white rub on the sides.  Vintage art tends to look great with fabric mats and this mauve silk was the perfect color to separate the piece from the frame.

With a good eye for design, a piece of art can become one with the frame rather than the frame being something solely utilitarian. This piece is a great example of that.