Framing for Different Spaces: Tips for Choosing Frames for Home Décor, Galleries, and Offices

When it comes to framing, one size definitely does not fit all. Whether you're updating your living room, curating a gallery exhibit, or injecting creativity into your office environment, the right frame can make all the difference. At Format Framing, we know a thing or two about matching the perfect frame to any setting so we’ve put together some handy tips for choosing frames for different spaces.


A Duo Arthouse recent install, framed by Format⁠.  

Home Décor: Making Your House a Home

Your home is your sanctuary, and the art you choose to display should reflect your personality and style. Here’s how to pick frames that complement your home décor:

  1. Match Your Style: If your home is modern and sleek, go for minimalist frames with clean lines and neutral colours. For a more traditional or rustic home, consider wood frames with rich finishes or vintage designs.
  2. Consider the Room: Different rooms serve different purposes, so think about the vibe you want to create. For living rooms, bold and statement frames can be a great focal point. In bedrooms, softer, more subtle frames can create a calming effect.
  3. Create a Gallery Wall: Mix and match frames of different sizes and styles to create an eclectic gallery wall. This can be a fun way to display family photos, travel pictures, or your favourite art pieces.
  4. Use Matting for Emphasis: Adding a mat can give your artwork a polished look and help it stand out. Choose mat colours that complement both the artwork and the frame.


Kate Ballis on display at Gallery Smith, framed by Format⁠

Galleries: Showcasing Art Like a Pro

In a gallery setting, the artwork is the star, and the frame should enhance, not overshadow it. Here’s how to frame for galleries:

  1. Consistency is Key: For a cohesive look, use similar frames throughout the exhibition. This helps the artwork stand out and maintains a professional appearance.
  2. Go Neutral: Neutral frames like black, white, or natural wood are safe bets for gallery settings. They’re timeless and let the art take centre stage.
  3. Think About Lighting: Gallery lighting can create reflections or glare on glass, so consider using non-reflective glass or acrylic to keep the focus on the art.
  4. Highlight Unique Pieces: For standout pieces, you might choose a slightly more decorative frame to draw attention, but keep it tasteful and in harmony with the rest of the display.


Offices: Mood-enhancing Monday to Friday

Art in the office should create a professional atmosphere while also being inspiring and engaging. Here’s how to choose frames for your workplace:

  1. Professional Look: Stick with frames that have a clean and professional appearance. Simple black, white, or metallic frames often work well in office settings.
  2. Brand Consistency: If your office has a specific colour scheme or branding, choose frames that align with those colours to create a cohesive look.
  3. Inspiring Artwork: Select art that inspires creativity and productivity. Motivational quotes, abstract art, or nature scenes are great choices.
  4. Personal Touches: Adding a few personal pieces, like employee achievements or company milestones, in unique frames can make the space feel more welcoming and personalised. 

Choosing the right frame is all about balancing style, function, and the vibe you want to create in your space. At Format Framing, we’re here to help you find that perfect balance, whether you’re decorating your home, setting up a gallery, or enhancing your office. Browse our offering online now or reach out to us for personalised framing advice that suits your needs and space.


Header Image: Duo Arthouse at Sydney Contemporary, framed by Format⁠