Today we are featuring a Guest Blogger: Mary Scott Canada owner of The
Painted View, South Florida’s leading boutique renovation, remodeling
and decoration firm – See more at:
Over the years The Painted View has worked with many clients organizing,
matting and framing portraits of couples, families & pets for use
as a design element in both homes and offices. Whether your style is modern,
transitional or traditional this is a fun way to customize your home or
office and is a very effect design tool. The range of the ‘portrait’
has expanded on many fronts and has become way more interesting as an
art form. The framed portraits of everyone in white: dressy or casual,
the oxfords: dressed down with jeans or up with khakis beautifully matted
and framed are timeless accessories. However donʼt be afraid to shake
things up and add some personality. Cross over into what we call portrait art.
Contemporary portraits feature people in studios, on beaches, in gardens
or even parking lots just being themselves. They are fun and compelling.
Forget the busts or everyone lined up with the stiff smiles, this new
style creates a hip relaxed art and works fabulously for interior design.
Like a living plant, these portraits breathe life into a room. Hung grouped
together on an accent wall or a clean series, these images are priceless
custom art and make a statement.
Since the substance of portraits is subjective it should not surprise you
that the display format would be also. The designer you are working with
should know what to recommend for your home or work place. If you are
working with a framer yourself be uber descriptive as to what you are
trying to achieve. Depending on the space available, the surrounding design
aesthetic and the number of pieces to be hung, here are a few general
1)Portraits should be custom matted and framed by professionals. Spend
the money it will show.
2)Portraits from a single session hang together. Collection or contemporary
series all need to live in the same area.
3)The most recent portrait(s) should be showcased. You can always add to
the collection or replace them with newer images as you prefer.
4)Adding to a collection with other photos is terrific just remember newer
matted & framed photos must compliment the original series.
5)Framing style(s) and matt color(s) must flatter the subject(s).
6)Less is more in framing portrait art. Whether you go for minimalist modern
or heavy traditional the star of the show is the image and the framing
must coordinate with the surrounding decor.
We are ardent fans of customizing things to suit your lifestyle. Seeing
loved ones used in an artistic way to illustrate emotions without words
is rewarding. When you need help getting your portrait session together,
and are ready to frame a series or display a collection please contact us.
Mary Scott Canada