Quick Tip: How to Make Your Art Pop


So, I know I said that I wouldn’t be blogging today, but the idea struck me as I was working on a client project this week, and I wanted to share with all of you!


Quick Tip: How to Make Your Art Pop
From the 2019 Cottages & Bungalows Magazine Project House
Photo by Light Ridge Studio, Art by Peter Batchelder


Quick Tip to Make Your Art Pop


Last week, I was at my framer’s for a client project. My clients had a number of pieces of art that they treasured, but the pieces were scattered about the home without much cohesiveness. Together, we pulled a few that I thought would coordinate with their new living room scheme.

Doing so, however, would require reframing them to really bring them together and make them shine in the new space. Some we would be framing in groups, some we were just looking to enhance the art better than the current frames did.


For example, two of the pieces I would like to reframe are below:


Quick Tip: How to Make Your Art Pop


Quick Tip: How to Make Your Art Pop


I felt these similarly-themed landscapes would look nice framed in the same way and stacked one on top of the other. But I also felt they would look better floated in their frames.


“Hunh,” you may eloquently ask?


Floating art in frames allows the full image to show to the full extent. It creates a space between the frame and the canvas, which is usually painted black. See Peter Batchelder’s painting above. He frames all his art this way.


Pastoral Glow: Peter Batchelder, New England Artist & Master of Light
Living room, inspired by a painting by Peter, by Meredith Rodday, as seen in the Boston Globe.


For more about Peter and his art, check out this post.


I framed this artwork from my very first One Room Challenge by floating the art in its frame.


Quick Tip: How to Make Your Art Pop



You can read about how I compared my local framers to Michael’s supposed mega-framing sales here.


For my clients’ paintings, see how a frame overlapping the side hems in the image?


Quick Tip: How to Make Your Art Pop



And now, floating the art.

Quick Tip: How to Make Your Art Pop


For art that isn’t on canvas — on board or paper, for instance — you can float it by having it applied directly to a paperboard backing. That’s what I did for the cute little paintings in Thing 2’s room.


Quick Tip: How to Make Your Art Pop


Both Minted and Framebridge offer this second kind of floating frame job — and they are both offering big sales this weekend! Minted has a great collection and is offering 20% off frames on framed art through Tuesday, 9/23 with the code FRAMES19. Framebridge has 15% off orders of $50 or more with the code LABORDAY


For floating frame treatments for canvas art like Peter’s, my clients’, and in my foyer, your best bet is your local framers. Support local businesses!


Will my clients go for it? I hope so!


A pin to remember me by:

Quick Tip to Make Your Art Pop


And some other “tip” posts you may enjoy:


A Simple Trick to Master Your Gallery Wall (Without Using a Single Nail)

Seagrass Carpeting 101

How Designers Stainproof Upholstery (And So Can You)

3 Important Things to Know Before You Install This Kind of Tile


In the meantime, I continue to sit here at the local laundromat (since I don’t have a washer & dryer right now for the first time in 15 years due to the Remuddle Remodel) doing 7 loads of laundry, with both boys capering around. Life is good.


See you next time!


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