unique floater frame

Unique Floater Frames for Paintings

We recently framed a “Twombly-esque” painting on canvas in a unique floater frame. This frame pictured here is typically a cap frame, meaning it crops over the edge of the art, mat or glass. In this case, we added a floater base and build-up and made it into a floater frame for this unique work of art. The canvas is floating 1/4″ all around with an 1/8″ recess.  The frame itself is a step frame in white gold with medium antiquing and blue clay underneath to tie into the blue of the painting. The repetitive steps in the frame pick up on the repetitive and continuous brush strokes in the piece.  The frame and the art should look like a pair, like they belong together; and together they are a true partnership.

Thinking creatively and out-of-the-box in the framing industry is truly an asset, and in this case the client was pleased with the results.


Fun with Fillets

We framed two still life oil paintings on board in a pair of complimentary frames that elegantly enhance the paintings by picking up on the overall tonalities of the works.  We added the same gold fillet to each piece, adding some brightness allowing the works to pop in the overall soft presentation.

Bring us your artwork:  painting, works on paper or otherwise, and let’s play with some frames and fillets. Fillets come in all colors: gold, silver, white, black, and every shade of the rainbow. Come join us and let’s explore some options.

deep bevel

A bright side of deep bevel frames

Deep bevel frames are a popular and attractive design, but can often add shadows to a piece as the bevel can block out light.  This can be useful when someone wants a tint of moodiness added to a work of art.  But a touch of shade doesn’t work with all pieces.  How then does someone get the attractive look of a bevel while keeping their piece bright and undramatic?

This painting contains almost no black as the artist chose to use bright blues, turquoises, and yellows to fill the canvas.  The handcrafted frame bordering the piece is of a honey-colored wood that compliments the warm tones of the painting.  The ½ inch wide wood face shoots down to become a sharp, ¾ inch-deep bevel.  The bevel has been painted with a white gold that shines instead of absorbing light.  The white gold reflects the image back outward with even more brightness.  This technique adds both depth and a lively effect to any work of art.

four seasons

Four Seasons – Tim Carroll

New work up in the shop by UK artist Tim Carroll! For such a unique piece we needed to create a totally new finish on our handcrafted frame. We went with a 22k Moon Gold on the face with a chestnut stain on the sides.

vintage expression

Expressionist Vintage Painting

This stunning expressionist vintage painting from a Parisian artist deserved something unique, so we chose an art deco frame. The decorative art style of the 20s and 30s was characterized by bold geometric shapes and strong colors. This style is mirrored in both the piece and the hand gilded white gold frame.

Lemon Gold

After a careful assessment, the client chose a hand finished 18K Lemon Gold finish over black rub. This frame enhances and lightens the nineteenth century still life painting done by a Russian artist.

small pieces

Framing Small Pieces

This antique Mughal painting has dimensions of only 2 5/8 inches by 5 ¾ inches.  As a method to create a larger outer frame dimension and a more impressive final presentation, a 4 inch border of antique white mat radiates outward from the piece.  The antique white shade of the mat offers a neutral border without an overly stark effect, complimenting the aged quality of the art.  The deep bevel of the mat creates dramatic dimensions within the frame by creating an angle that draws the eye inward to the painting.  The simple and deep bronze frame adds a glow to the final product as well as degrees of complexity to compliment the elaborate details of the Mughal art style.

beveled floater frame

Beveled Floater Frame

We find this hand-finished, off-white floater frame with slight inside bevel to be a great match for this painting. Similar to the bevel on a mat, the inside bevel of the frame leads the eye into the piece. Paintings do not require a mat, so the incorporation of the bevel into the frame is a beautiful pairing.

The piece is floated just a 1/4″ from the frame on all sides and recessed 1/8″ from the front of the frame.


Sharp Elegant Framing Design

We recently framed a painting on paper from 1977 depicting a female nude in an expressive style.  The paper has a deckled edge so we wanted to show it off by floating it 3/4″ around on a soft linen white float board. To emphasize the geometrical theme throughout the artwork, we chose to use a Tall Flat Slant frame in linen white to match the float board.  And of course we chose Museum Glass as the glazing, not to be distracted by glare. This allows the viewer to enjoy the piece without distraction of a reflective surface.

The artwork is vibrant in color and style; the frame compliments the geometrical design of the piece but at the same time disappears with the soft white-on-white frame and background.  A good frame job emphasizes the artwork so that the art is seen first and foremost; then the eye can travel out and start to notice the framing second.  Framing is a supportive and protective measure for any piece of art and should never deter or distract away from the main focus: the artwork.


Simplicity can be the key

Modern and contemporary framing techniques aim to simply frame a piece of art, allowing the entire focus of the viewer to be absorbed by the art itself.  Our client for the framed pieces below is the artist of the works.  Her vision for her prints stand strong within the minimalistic frames chosen.

Framing a piece with a white mat and matching white frame is a clean approach which allows the art to “pop” as the colors are amplified by the plain borders around the piece.  This is a very powerful method for framing prints as every unique detail boldly stands out to the viewer.  The ¼ inch float mount for this print physically brings the piece closer to the viewer within the shadowbox of the frame. The piece dramatically creates a shadow beneath to add complexity to the white on white framing style.  The piece is given space to breathe and become the soul energy.


This print on genuine leather has been stretched and sits within a 5/16 inch wide black floating frame.  The bright shades of the piece are offset by the thin, dark border of the floating frame.  The ¼ inch space between the art and the interior edge of the frame creates a chasm that acts as an effective double border.  Not only does this enlarge the framed piece, it prevents the lacquered black frame from overpowering the print.  This is a border that creates more breathing room and adds complexity to the framing job.  This soft leather piece is protected by a ¼ inch recess into the frame as there is no glass in front of the art.

ash floater frame

Ash Floater Frame

Paris was thrilled to receive this completed piece from our factory this morning. The ash floater frame with a taupe stain was custom built, based on similar in-store samples, to fit the client’s specifications. When it comes to hand-finished framing, Paris is pleased to work with you to create a shape or stain to fit your needs and your artwork!

canvas floater frame

canvas floater frame

canvas floater frame

Floater Frames for Canvas

Floater frames are utilized for many works on canvas. The term is derived from the idea that the canvas sits inside the frame, traditionally floating between a ¼ – ½ inch away from the edge. Equally, the canvas is recessed an 1/8 inch from the frame face.

Pictured here is a hand-finished mahogany wood frame with a plum stain. A moon gold face over a red rub elevates the painting without overwhelming.

colorful floater frame

Unique Custom Floater Frame

A scarlet red stained, birds-eye maple floater frame provides this vibrant painting dramatic depth of within the frame while simultaneously lifting the piece quarter-inch to meet the viewers eye.  This unique framing method offers a variation from a standard mat by complimenting the intricate nature of this painting with the painted black interior of the frame.  The two inch floating margin within the frame gives the piece a wide border, therefore enhancing the bold colors of the painting.  There is no conflict between the image and the stunning shade of the stained wood frame.  With this border, the scarlet shade of the stain playfully amplifies the warm tones of the painting.

painting on canvas

Custom Framing – Painting on Canvas

For this beautiful geometrical painting on canvas, we chose one of our custom made frames. This frame profile is called “Gramercy Goose” because it resembles the neck of a goose. The profile’s dramatic step complements the geometric forms of the artwork and the dark teak color blends perfectly with the overall color palette. This is a beautiful example of how to frame a painting on canvas.

The vibrancy of India deserves a frame to match

This bright and colorful Indian painting depicts images accented with antique gold and silver.  The black border with silver botanical patterns act as a perfect window through which the painting is seen.  We used a white four-ply mat board to create a thin border within the sand color of an eight-ply double mat.  This white border prevents the piece from being overwhelmed by the many colors used in this framing job.  The double matting technique of the four-ply and eight-ply mats, as well as the quarter-inch spacer between the mat and glass, gives this piece a dramatic cascading effect which is even further emphasized by the black border of the painting itself.  The sand tones of the doubled mat mirror the shades of the sky and hills in the background of the painting.  The cap frame we chose has a facing of antique gold leaf, complimenting the antique gold used in the painting.  The sides of the cap frame are light mahogany to compliment the rich warm tones used within the piece.  Our final touch was to use museum glass as to cut the glare, allowing this piece to glow all more brightly.

Joan Mitchell Floater Frame

Pictured here is an abstract floral painting by the artist, Kent. The artist used a palette knife to apply the paint in sweeping motions which has abstracted this traditional garden scene, contemporizing the piece.

Keeping with the contemporary traditionalism of the piece, we chose to use a Joan Mitchell Floater frame in maple with an antique white finish. On this varied and multi-colored painting, we chose antique white as opposed to bright white to soften the edges and overall appearance of the painting. Next we chose to float it ¾” and recess ¼” allowing for plenty of air space around and above the painting.

The frame elevates this garden scene, and it is truly museum worthy.

the opening

The Opening

In this photo is a contemporary oil painting on board by La Roussou entitled “The Opening.”

The painting has a rich range of orange to burnt umber tones throughout the piece. We chose a maple frame with mahogany stain to pick up the dark background tones of the work.  The highlights of the painting are rich umber so we chose a purple heartwood liner.  We had it matched to the Showroom sample that worked with the piece seamlessly.

The end result is that the painting and frame are harmonious and speak well to each other.


Old World Flavor with a Contemporary Twist

We recently framed a small, cracked, oil painting of Venice. The piece was in need of polishing for more than aesthetic reasons; the wood panel  had literally snapped down the middle and the painting was in two pieces!

Because the wood was so light, we were able to safely mount the halves onto a silk-wrapped mat board. We chose a very pale and creamy green that perfectly matched the highlights on the buildings.

Now that the painting was whole and in stable condition, we wanted to celebrate the antiqued charm and bring out the inherent beauty of its wear-and-tear. To do that we floated the piece in a deep shadow box, so that the irregular edges are visible, and the viewer is aware of the piece as a physical object as well as a transporting image.

We settled on one of our handmade maple frames with a “Light Teak” finish. Light Teak is a satiny black wash, which mingles with the natural tone of the maple and takes on greenish undertones. The overall effect is a very clean, contemporary look–that doesn’t forgot its classical roots with muted greens and silk.



When you walk past our storefront at 2642 Broadway, you’ll notice more than just a wide selection of frame samples. On our walls you’ll find a captivating group of artworks that represent examples of our framing techniques.

Daniel John Gadd is a painter who lives and works in Montclair, New Jersey. Directly to the left of our front door you’ll find his thickly textural and loosely figurative paintings, framed in our custom-made, hand-leafed floater frames. The warm silver finish on the frames allows the subtle pastel tones in the paint to stand out and shine. Check out his website (www.danieljohngadd.com) for more examples of his work and for information on his upcoming shows.


Traditional, Modern

This charming oil painting is both traditional and modern.  The still life subject matter is traditional, yet the composition and paint handling is strikingly contemporary.  Its linear arrangement of objects reminds us of Giorgio Morandi’s minimal take on the still life to re-invigorate painting in the early 1900’s.  The painting’s thick brush strokes and muted palette are also refreshingly modern.  In order to properly compliment this piece, we needed to select a frame that could match its interesting duality.

We found a perfect match with a handmade, Art Deco frame that also carried both modern and classic elements.  The rounded pattern throughout the frame mirrors the paintings texture, while the radiating corner design pulls the eye into the center of the piece.  Considering the painting’s shimmering highlights, we finished the frame with a masterfully applied gold leaf.  The final, framed piece glows with the warmth of gold while showcasing the painting’s beautifully nuanced surface.