Thursday, October 27, 2016

6 Ideas: Dress Your Art with This Hot Trend

Have you seen the new design and fashion trend of using monochromatic color schemes? I know what you’re thinking: Monochromatic color schemes are boring. But they aren’t! They provide relaxing, understated elegance and create harmonious, visually cohesive looks.

Monochrome is simply containing or using only one color. So "monochromatic" includes all the hues — tints, tones, and shades — of a single color. It’s important when using this color scheme that you choose plenty of shade variations within the main color you’ve chosen. Combining these varied tones with lots of textures and patterns ensures that your design will be far from boring.

When choosing the monochromatic piece you’ll frame next, the art doesn’t have to be completely monochromatic. The main color in the art should be the main hue of your color scheme. Check out our six examples:
  1. Brown schemes give feelings of warmth, comfort, and security. Brown is a natural and down-to-earth color that is often seen as very solid. For this art, we combined our Radius Colorcast Walnut (RC19) with a Chestnut PaperMat (E4119). They go perfectly with this watercolor nest, emphasizing the detail.
Artist: Laura Barnhardt-Corle
Image: Nest #5
  1. The color white conveys freshness, cleanliness, and peacefulness. It can also create a sense of open space and add highlights. In fact, designers often use the color white to make rooms seem larger and more spacious. White often seems like a blank slate, symbolizing a new beginning or a fresh start. We chose a Basics Wood Frame (L1192) and AlphaMat in Spanish White (8463) to help accentuate the movement in this art.
Artist: Kelly Brown
Image: Fashion Bride
  1. Blue color schemes often invoke feelings of stability and reliability as well as calmness and serenity. Blue is peaceful, tranquil, secure, and orderly, and it's often used in fashion, design, and marketing because of these traits. We framed this colorful art in Radius Colorcast Indigo (RC58) and Midnight Blue PaperMat (E4837) to highlight the beautiful blue tones in the feathers.
Artist: Cady Driver
Image: Morning Strut
  1. Black can be a very confident and empowering color, giving the feeling of control. Black is also associated with being formal and sophisticated. For this treatment, we used our Restorations Frame (31504) and Black PaperMat (E4089). The white of the bevel core creates the perfect contrast from the image while our use of a black frame and mat allows the blues, purples, and pinks of the sky to shine.
Artist: Darren White
Image: Sunset in the Rockies
  1. Because green is heavily associated with nature, it is a refreshing and tranquil color. It also symbolizes good luck and health. Because of its calming effect, green is also thought to relieve stress and help heal the body and mind. For this image inspired by nature, we used our Twilight Metal Frame (TW249) and Green Olive AlphaMat (8412).
  1. The gray palette is clean and sophisticated. It is conservative, dependable, and practical. Because gray is the transition between black and white, it is often referred to as the color of compromise. The closer gray gets to black, the more dramatic and mysterious it becomes. The closer it gets to white, the more illuminating and lively it becomes. Check out our examples of both below.
Natural Steel Metal Frame (RC58) and Ash Mat (8518)
Artist: Cynthia Decker
Image: Showoff

Not sure which color to highlight when choosing a frame and mat board for your monochromatic art? Simply find a frame you like and click on the large frame image. On the framing engine page, you can upload your image, dress it up in different combinations of frames and mat boards, and play with sizes, colors, and more until you find the perfect look to complement your monochromatic piece!

Still undecided? At American Frame, we love to help you frame it right! Visit our website where you can check out our Framing FAQ page or contact us for personalized assistance. Already have a beautiful monochromatic piece displayed in one of our frames? Let us know! Share a photo on social media with the hashtag #FramingHappiness!

Lindsey Harrison is the Showroom Manager here at American Frame. She has an interior design degree and joined our team after working as a designer for 8-plus years, although in her free time she still helps clients with smaller projects. Lindsey resides in Maumee, Ohio, with her husband and their rescue dog, Lucy. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time with her nieces and nephews.


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