Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Seeing Red — Make a Fashion-Forward Statement

In pop culture, the color red is associated with a number of different emotions, from hunger to energetic motivation. By selecting appropriate shades and properly combining them with complimentary tones, this popular color can bring out the latter in your artwork, building inspiration and energy into your space. When it comes to picture frames, the best results are all about color selection and coordination. How do you make the best use of this versatility?

A good look at current trends is a great place to start. Because of the passionate nature of the color red, it’s easy to overuse, accidentally overstimulating the integrity of your artwork. In today’s design environment, red as an accent color is the most common decorating strategy. Designers will use red — either brighter or darker tones, but always bold — to bring the eye to the greater details of your pieces.

Our bold red frames not only accent the subtle detail in your artwork, they also add that extra punch to a well-decorated room. Depending on the look and feel you’re shooting for in your interior space, red picture frames can pair very well with black or white mats.

For a darker motif, go with a bright red frame and a black mat. For more contrast, combine that same red frame with a white mat. To keep things more neutral and blended, use either a black or white mat with a duller, softer red frame. Going for a more eclectic, futuristic look? Try combining a red frame with a variety of different blues. Softer blue hues will typically work best, but depending on your artwork and the color scheme of the room, a bright blue could work nicely as well.

To give you further ideas to work with, here are a few color combination strategies from various corners of the design spectrum:

Contemporary design trends toward using bright, bold reds as accent colors, rather than a base color. With irregular but solid hits of red, the eye is often drawn to aspects of your artwork you might otherwise miss. It brings light to the darkness and punch to the softer hues.

Modern design calls for a variety of shades from the bolder choices of contemporary design to dark burgundy or brown. Maintain the hues as an accent, but shoot for the darker, deeper tones.

Traditional design skirts the bolder, brighter reds and aims solely for the burgundy and brown colors. This design style requires a more indirect approach, blending the red more fully with the other colors.

This style relies on neutral palettes, therefore creating the perfect framework for pops of bright reds similar to that of contemporary design, but with a more subtle background.

Country design leans towards chalkier, softer reds; think barn red. These hues might lean closer to pinks and purples rather than stark-blood reds.

Check out our red frames and pick the one that works best for you!

Just for fun, we created a Seeing Red playlist! Check it out here and have some fun!

Ready to spice up a room with some red accents? Check out our collection of red frames in wood or metal. If you need any help, give us a call at (800) 537-0944!

Laura Jajko
Laura Jajko is President of American Frame and a longtime contributor to  "A Good Frame of Mind."  Here, she delights in bonding with others over her love of art and framing. With more than 40 years of practical experience, she brings a unique perspective in a straightforward style that she hopes will spark lots of interesting and relevant dialogue in our online community. Connect with Laura directly here on the blog or follow her on Twitter @LauraJajko.


  1. Pink frames are cool too! When are we going to see some of those?

  2. What a great way to add a pop of color to a room!

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