The art of framing by Vasudha Narasimhan

While picture framing to some may just be a border or a decorative edge to display a painting or an artwork, to others it is a passion, a labour of love, and a profession. I am sure all artists who take so much interest in their work will agree with this and reiterate the saying “the art of framing is an art in itself.”

The purpose of the frame is not just to display the artwork in its most appealing form, but also to protect it from dust, sunlight, and moisture. Recently, I met a wonderful couple, Mr. and Mrs. Froehlich from Germany who are very passionate about their work and stress the importance of framing an artwork. They welcomed me into their studio and gladly took me on a guided tour telling me about the different types of frames and how to choose them based on the style elements.

Initially, we talked about the traditional and classical gilded frames. The basic wood frame is first primed and then coated with a base colour. This colour acts as a backdrop for the gilding process and the effect of your frame totally depends on this colour. Therefore, it is important to first identify the effect that one is aiming for. The gold foil is then placed on this and the work on achieving the desired effect begins. The process is the same for silver and copper foils.

I learnt that it is ideal that you choose frames based on the ambience you want to create. It is important to decide the style of your design along with its style elements.

It is a good idea to use tabletop frames for family photographs and portraits.

New frames in lacquer finish are now available in the market. These complement the colour of your furniture and are readily available in various sizes

Mrs. Froehlich illustrated the convenience of box frames. They are easily available and so many artists use them. The advantage is that these can be used as is, without the frame. She also demonstrated that by adding a simple frame to these boxes, the artwork looks a lot more sophisticated and gains the importance it deserves. These frames also instantly enhance the aesthetic appeal.

There are many different types of frames available in the market from traditional wooden, aluminum, and plastics to Plexiglas. While traditional frames have elaborate mouldings and detailing, there are imitations available at a lower price. Based on the art, one selects the framing panes and mounts. These panes are in glass or acrylic and commonly used while framing watercolours. Oil paintings are generally coated with an anti-reflection material to protect it from fading due to dust and sunlight. It is obvious that square and rectangular frame shapes are commonly used but to have a personal touch, frames of different shapes can also be made to order.


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Vasudha Narasimhan is a fun loving person who has a great passion for the most creative things in life. She did a 2 year Diploma in Interior Design from Ireland and is now a freelancer. She also teaches at various design institutes and conducts workshops on specific design concepts.

She runs the popular blog – Cherishing Spaces

3 responses to “The art of framing by Vasudha Narasimhan”

  1. kk says:

    this will b vry helpful…i shud b goin thru it once agn

  2. mitu jalan agarwal says:


  3. Thanks for the wonderful information. Usually people do not pay much of attention to these small things. Well presented.

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