Ideally people should choose their own frames to suit the picture/painting, and their decor and tastes. Many times they land up making a wrong decision due to ignorance and wrong guidance. With a choice of hundreds of variety of frames and designs available it is easy to get confused. Some of the following tips may help in selection of the right frame.
Appropriate framing enhances your picture and draws the eye to the image. Unless it is the advertisement for a picture frames, the picture should take first place. The width of the frame should at no cost overwhelm the picture. Of course at times, a small print with very wide frames in neutral colour also looks great.
People generally do not bother to change the frames of pictures till it is discarded. We have to put up with faded, stained frames or pictures whole life unless we take care of the quality in the beginning itself. Acid free archival mounts are the best option for pictures in museums.
People with transferable jobs better avoid glass framings. Lamination with a nice frame around gives a class look and is the right solution for them. Rather than large frames, many small pictures arranged in collages are in latest trend. That is the sole reason of the popularity of collage frames. One more advantage with the collage frames is that they can be also hung vertically or horizontally.
The colour and the size of the matt / mount also should be selected with care. Wrong decision can totally mar an otherwise beautiful picture. Neutral colours like Black, grey, cream, off-white and whites are the safest choices. Coloured mounts are to be chosen only when it enhances the picture.
Bevel cut thick matt / mounts are the latest trend and lends a great look to photographs. Multiple mounts, sometimes with slightly different colour immensely enhances the picture at a very small additional cost.
Similarly, silver and gold frames should be spared for mirrors, pictures of Gods, and the deceased. Antique finish looks great with traditional pictures and paintings. Consider beautifying your corners and columns with frames exclusively made for the purpose.