Contemporary Picture Frames: Frames to Accent Contemporary Design

Written by Mark Rogers

Minimalistic, natural, and even distressed are the hallmarks of today's contemporary picture frames. The lack of detail and understated appearance of contemporary picture frames puts your artwork front and center, as the frame lacks the ornate detailing that can sometimes detract from paintings or photos. The growing appeal of modern Scandinavian design has been a major influence on today's preferences, particularly the increasing popularity of minimalist furniture.

While there are no hard and fast rules on framing, most framers choose contemporary frames for similarly styled minimalistic artwork. Framers of antique work often use wood picture frames with intricate detailing which complement that style of art.

Of course, you, as the framer, are the final arbiter of what you would like in your contemporary frame. Our job at Frame Destination is to make sure you have access to the materials you need to create the contemporary picture frames that match your unique vision for interior décor.

Contemporary Wood Frames

Clear, satiny finishes that feature the natural beauty of the wood are becoming a favorite with interior decorators in everything from tables to picture frames. Contemporary wood picture frames that highlight the wood grain are often available in a variety of colors, including natural honey maple and cherry.

Some contemporary wood frames are made with salvaged wood that highlights the “distressed” look. Shades of brown and gray are popular with contemporary framing, lending even more to the natural look.

Contemporary Metal Frames

Contemporary can also mean the use of metal for its simplicity — frames in silver shades have become popular for framing photographs, especially black and white photos. In gallery shows and other art presentations, the picture frame of choice is generally metal, often with slim, flat profiles.

Though contemporary picture frames can be sleek, the “distressed” look is also popular in metal frames. Many feature surfaces that have been hammered slightly for a “pebbled” appearance.

Completing the Contemporary Frame

Whether you are an experienced expert framer or a novice just learning the art, you'll find a wide variety of framing kits and supplies, from acid-free mount board and mat board to your choice of glass or acrylic glazing.

Find the style to match your contemporary home décor by playing with a variety of ideas and contrasts. We offer many picture frame options in wood tones in a variety of contemporary styles, including wide profiles for a bold look and slim profiles for a subtle, natural effect. Alternatively, accent your photographs with one of the many clean and modern metal frames in our extensive line.

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1 thoughts on “Contemporary Picture Frames: Frames to Accent Contemporary Design”

  • Jerlynn

    Do you recommend what color of frames go well in darker rooms? I have a room in the basement with dark walls. Should I be looking to choose a lighter color picture frame?

    • Mark Rogers

      Usually the top priority is to select a frame color that goes well with the artwork. Something that helps to set it off from the wall in the case of gallery style frames and in the case of custom frames helps to highlight and or extend the artwork. Once that is accomplished you want to make sure that the frame sets the artwork off from the wall so it does not have to be a light color but it should not be the same. In general lighter colors will be easier. How light will depend on the kind of look your are going for and how much you want them to stand out.

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