Frame Envy Team
Pick a room–any room–in your home and take a long look at the space. Note the details that stand out to you. The fabric of your couch, flooring material, furniture finish, cabinet hardware, tile, decor pieces–each of these items adds an element to your overall interior design. That element is called texture, a physical and visual quality of a surface.
Texture is a major aspect to any home design. Most people focus on how an item feels (smooth vs. rough, hard vs. soft, shiny vs. flat). However, texture is more than a physical quality. Few people spend their days running their hands over a fabric wallpaper, but that texture adds an element that evokes a visual quality throughout the design. In a room, texture can:
Designers use texture to complement the overall design and create balance in an environment. Custom framing plays into that concept and is often used to highlight elements in a design concept.
When people talk about texture in custom framing, their minds automatically think of matting. Metallic, embossed, suede, linen, silk, or other types of fabric or pattern mats easily add texture to a piece of art. Limited edition mats designed to emulate basketball, football, golf, or another pattern incorporate a personal touch and add to a theme of a frame. Fabric mats are almost always richer in color than paper mats and elevate frame designs without being too distracting. Examples include:
Sometimes, it makes sense to blend different types of mats to add depth to a piece. Double matting a diploma with a paper mat and a hint of gold makes the diploma pop. We shadowboxed a medal using different fabric mats to accent the object.. Incorporating different textures inside a frame can be a showstopper, if done well.
As exciting as the matting is, we can’t forget about the frame moulding. The frame itself can add texture, with or without a mat. Metal, wood grain, gloss, flat, pattern, and colorful finishes add a physical and/or visual texture in custom framing. Some of these designs are ultra classic while others are created to complement a specific trend. A few years ago, gold was out, and bright white frames were all the rage. Now, people are open to different concepts and colors. With that, comes new opportunities.
In art, it’s the details that blow peoples’ minds. Compelling art has interesting elements that keep the viewer coming back for more. Custom framing should be the same way. Yes, it is important not to overpower a piece of art, but that doesn’t mean you have to choose something boring. You can easily add a pop of texture without overdesigning a piece.
Here are a few tips:
Texture makes a design go from average to exquisite. It is easy to take it for granted. If texture is incorporated well, you may not even notice it at first glance. When you’re designing your next custom framing project, notice the surfaces of each frame and mat you’re reviewing. If you’re ever in doubt on whether something will work, you can always try it on at home.
Learn more about our try it on at home sample program here.