In today’s publication, we will talk about how to advantageously arrange a picture with a baguette, and I will try to highlight this issue in as much detail as possible.

A baguette is a bar designed for the manufacture of frames for paintings, drawings, photographs, prints. Baguettes are different: carved, decorated, painted; wooden, plastic, aluminum.

The problem of the correct design of a painting, both one’s own and one acquired from the artist, arises more often than it seems. It would seem, what is difficult? You go to the nearest framing workshop and choose the frame you like. But not everything is so simple.

Is it possible to do without a frame at all?

artistic stretch

It is possible, if the so-called artistic stretch is used, in which the canvas with the painting is attached with a stapler to a stretcher in such a way that the painting continues at the ends of this stretcher.

Many are satisfied with this particular method and hang this work on the wall without decoration at all. It is more suitable for a modern minimalist interior.

But only the correct design can favorably emphasize the merits of the painting. It is the correct selection of the frame that can transform the simplest landscape, colored paper poster, photograph or pencil drawing, turning it into an exclusive interior decoration.

With the right choice of frame, the image seems to come to life, begins to play with new colors, and from the harmony of the picture and the frame, a finished work of art is born.

But the wrong frame either distracts attention from the content, or oversimplifies it, killing all the charm. There are really a lot of nuances. It is important to take into account the color scheme, texture, and direction of the style.

The nuances of picture frame design

First of all, you need to choose a frame that would fit the painting. To the painting, not to furniture, the color of wallpaper or curtains! Of course, there are exceptions – for example, expensive designer interiors, where even the wrong vase spoils the impression of the interior. In this case, when choosing a baguette, it is better to contact your designer for advice.

Here the frame fits perfectly both the painting and the interior:

the painting and the interior
aluminum frame

The main thing is harmony. Delicate watercolor will not reveal a strict aluminum frame, but it will perfectly highlight the contrasting black and white photography. And graceful carved frames made of light wood will in no way make up a successful duet with such a photograph, but ideally emphasize the airiness of the watercolor painting

A very beautiful and modern technique, when the baguette is painted as a continuation of the picture, and its image smoothly “flows” into the frame. This technique of selecting a frame has something in common with decorating frames for photographs.

Here’s a good example:

decorating frames

Another very effective way to decorate a painting is to use composite baguettes of two or more profiles of different thickness. It is important here that all the baguettes in the composite profile are of different widths. The inner picture frame, which is closest to the painting, in this case plays the role of a mat. This is clearly seen in the example: the inner frame focuses on the painting and at the same time emphasizes all the beauty of the “outer” baguette.

composite picture frame

Painting is traditionally not placed under glass, as the texture of the paint layer emphasizes the artist’s individual style. But this does not apply to paintings on paper – it is customary to protect them with glass or plexiglass.

The main parameters for choosing a baguette

Baguette style

texture of the picture frame

Any design of paintings, first of all, should strive for the integrity of the composition, consisting of an image and a frame. Ideally, the texture of the baguette matches the style of the painting: maybe it even repeats the nature of the paint strokes or the ornament used in the painting. Modern abstraction in a lush gilded frame will not look.

Baguette color

The color of the baguette should complement and shade the image, be one tone darker or lighter than its main color. The main nuance: for paintings in cold colors, you need to choose a cold frame and vice versa. The exception is natural wood, it is suitable for any shade.

Baguette width

The larger the painting, the wider the frame should be for it. It favorably emphasizes the significance of the picture. It is customary to place such compositions in a conspicuous place and make them the central element of the interior.

larger frame

Small images are also made out with wide baguettes: so that the total area of the frame is larger than the area of the picture. It looks very impressive, but such a decoration of the paintings will require the same style for all other images in the room.

Small image

Often the selection of a frame for small paintings ends with a choice of a thin picture frame. It is especially good for groups of images, it looks modern and sleek.

thin picture frame

Of course, it’s up to you how to decorate your painting. We just gave you some advice on how to easily make the right choice if you do not want to spend a lot of money.