How to choose the correct frame to display your art

A great artwork needs a great home—not a specific art gallery or museum, but a frame as beautiful as the masterpiece it protects. Today, as more and more hotels and hospitality and tourism related businesses have been investing in art as a marketing strategy, how can hotels know how to properly showcase these artworks properly, accentuating their beauty and enhancing their effects to its viewers?

First, it is important to know about the primary purpose of frames to artworks. An oil or acrylic painting is to focus your attention on the work of art—to create a unified whole that stands alone, separate, and invites undisturbed contemplation. Meanwhile, artworks on paper are meant to be framed for it to provide structure for the protection and presentation of the piece as well as to enhance its appearance.

According to the Wall Street Journal, “The best frames are an extension of the art they surround, not its antithesis.” True enough, hoteliers should find the perfect frames to place an artwork for it to enhance its beauty and effect on its viewers.

There are many types of frames based on the material. Of the wood-made options, there are those that made of ash, basswood, cherry, maple, oak, poplar, and walnut. Other types may be made of metals, such as steel, silver, and gold. These can be hand carved, or machine carved, finished, or gilded.

So, how can you decide which frame to use?

There are no hard rules in choosing which type to go with a certain painting. But of course, due to the long history of art, several schools of thought with regard to frame selection have been developed. Here are the things you should consider in choosing frames for your artworks.

Aim for Balance

One of the best tips in deciding which frame to choose for your art is to seek for balance—in color, style, size, etc. A painting, no matter how beautiful it is, if enclosed in a wrong frame can ruin its overall look and presentation. Refrain from using the dominant colors in the art as the dominant colors in the framing.  Instead, identify secondary colors in the art that share the prevailing value and temperature of the art as a whole. Keep in mind that the focus should be on the artwork, the frame should just accentuate it.

Consider the color value and temperature

A color’s value is where it falls on the white to the black ladder, and can sometimes be associated with tints or shades. As a general rule, when an artwork falls more toward white it’s a tint; when it falls more toward black it’s a shade; in between are tones. The key is to use the dominant value of the art as the dominant value in framing it.

At the same time, you should also consider the artwork’s temperature. You have probably heard of the terms cool-toned, or warm-toned. These two are the temperatures of an artwork. It refers to the relative preponderance of cool or warm colors.  To have a clearer picture, cool colors are the colors of spring:  blue, light green, violet.  Warm colors are the colors of autumn: red, orange, yellow, brown.  The temperature of the picture should also be a consideration, taking the dominant temperature as a factor to which frame to use.

What is its Theme?

Next, think about the artwork’s theme. What is it about? What was the artist trying to communicate to the viewer? While the work is open to interpretation depending on who looks at it, take a clue by asking and considering the people who will view it, which is your guests. Ask for their opinion and work from there.

Paintings that are abstract, edgy, or modern art most often looks best with plain geometric frames and little or no frills. Meanwhile, more traditional works displayed in a portrait or landscape orientation pair better with more traditional looking frames.

Size matters

One of the biggest considerations is the size of the room and the size of the painting. Of course, it’ is important to think about the space that your painting will be displayed in. Go for the right size, not too big and not too small for the painting and space.

Don’t let it steal the spotlight.

Most importantly, keep in mind that you should pick a frame that is less eye-catching than your art, while avoiding frames that are too similar to the painting, especially in color and value. Keep in mind that there should be a balance between contrast and similarities.

Having a moderate amount of contrast, by using a dark frame with a predominantly light painting, or vice versa is often helpful not only because it gives a baseline point of reference for the colors within your art, but because it also clearly separates your art from everything else in the room. Lastly, it is better to play safe and choose understatement rather than overstatement, in both color and contrast.

Is Hotel Art Necessary?

As the terms Art Tourism and Hospitality Art became more and more popular than ever, a debate has been brewing in the global hotel and tourism industry. Is hotel art necessary for higher revenue and better guest experience? Hotel operators, art suppliers, and hotel owners each has their own piece and stand regarding the issue.

To answer the pressing question, one must first identify the roles of art in the domain of hotels and hospitality industry as a whole.

Art as a Marketing Tactic

Many cases can prove that today, art is being used as an effective marketing strategy by many hotels these days. Despite various advancement in technology, one of the best and effective marketing strategies is still the word of mouth. People always talk. Hotels with interesting art displays, thought-provoking pieces, and controversial works will always be talked about. Intrigue and curiosity is one method of driving people to your property’s doorstep. At the same time, magnificent, jaw dropping collections are also the talk of the town.

When hotels with art collections are being talked about and art did its part as part of the marketing strategy, economic boost is next. Hospitality art builds the economy at the local level, enhances surrounding non-arts businesses and provides job opportunities and ways for individuals to participate in activities associated with the arts and cultural events.

Art Tourism: Fueled By Millennials

Today, more than ever, tourists from all over the world are fueled by curiosity, and the desire to experience as much as they can. This phenomenon is very much common to the newest breed of travelers, the Millenials. A decade and a few years after the new millennium, the tourism and hospitality industry has become a witness to the rise of the newest breed of tourists and travelers alike, who are slowly dominating the globe-trotting population.

‘Millenials’, as they are collectively called are individuals who are described as attention-seekers, modern and those who crave for learning while they travel. Fortunately, one of the newest and booming trends in hospitality and tourism industry – the use of arts – quench their thirst.

In the previous years, hotels across the world have started to adapt the newest trend in the industry. Today, art is no longer merely for the pleasure of the eyes as mere decorations, but hotels now double the function of their space as collectors of artworks from all kinds of artists. This trend of adventurous, knowledge and experienced travelers is only beginning.

Currently, one-third of all travelers are Millennials — a percentage that will only increase. By 2020, it’s projected that half of the money spent in the travel sector will come out of the pockets of millennials. Indeed, this age group will be shaping the tourism industry over the next decade.

Art Tourism: Enhancing Heritage, Supporting Local Artist

The hotel industry has discovered that incorporating distinctive pieces into a property’s design can enhance the décor, feel and ambiance of a hotel – regardless of its classification: luxury or budget. In fact, art is used by luxury hotels to stand out from another. While budget or local hotels use art to showcase history and tradition. Art incorporated with tourism gives a cultural lift on every travel or trip. Ideally, hotels feature the artworks of their local artists, as a way of giving them exposure, and at the same time sharing the culture of their place to their visitors.

From the guests’ point of view, it is very similar to getting a trip to the gallery or museum which enables them to get to know the place and the people, as well as their way of life represented by art.

Hospitality Art became a giant trend when people travel for business more often than for leisure. Most of them spend their days and nights in a new city just to attend endless meetings and conference, boxed in their hotel and their rooms for their whole stay. The trip was not maximized, and then they realized that if people can’t afford the time to go to museums, why not bring the artwork to the busy people?

Because of this, people don’t only view artistic hotels as aesthetic, but also as a cultural phenomenon that they can connect to and learn a few things from.

Art consultants and hotelier experts alike believe that art has a key role to play in helping the new enterprise to find a distinctive voice. Art is no longer just for decoration. Today, it is a voice—a brand character and personality which can make or break a hotel’s name and branding. Indeed, it is a way of hotels to set themselves apart.

Hiring an art consultant? Look for these qualities! (Infographic)

Art consultants represent clients who wants or needs to acquire some forms of art—including paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, etc. who do not have any idea where to start or what to do in the first place.

Professional art consultants represent their client in acquiring art for personal collection, investments and for businesses. They work with clients from numerous industries including healthcare, education and enterprise level corporations to source, procure and place artwork solutions that uplift physical spaces, especially today that art integrated in these sectors is a booming marketing strategy on its own.

They also help in the process of branding, marketing and relationship building among other clients in the area of arts. They are hired to assess the clients’ needs and tastes, including their likes and dislikes; staying abreast of trends, including which Artists are hot and which pieces are for sale; working with auction houses and galleries to source art; advising on purchases, based on criteria such as theme, budget, and value; commissioning original artwork for clients; appraising the art in owners’ collections; and framing then installing new purchases.

How can you find the best ones in the field? Look out for these signs: