Guest Blogger: Sidney Wagner of Eclectic Design Group on Current Trends in Framing June 18 2013

Ann Balzac Keane We are thrilled to welcome this month's guest blogger and interior designer, Sidney Wagner of Eclectic Design Group who just recently opened her interior design center and retail showroom on Coleman Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Sidney is writing about current trends in custom picture framing:

"If you are a design enthusiast or just enjoy perusing the pages of shelter magazines and/or Pinterest, you have probably realized that the current trends in art are more modern in nature. As an interior designer, the pieces that I am currently sourcing for my projects are typically abstract oils and/or watercolors and charcoal figuratives. As for the framing of these pieces, it varies based on the artwork itself.

For the abstract art I like a thin, modern, mat-less frame with a deep profile like a shadowbox or perhaps floating where the image is towards the front of the frame. Then I will either chose a colored finish frame which pulls out a paint color in the artwork or neutral finish frame like natural or white that lets the art speak for itself. When framing the nudes, I like to keep it simple and go with a black frame, either traditional or modern in nature, depending on the client’s home. Additionally, I will either use a black mat or no mat, this is based on the art and frame combination as well as the overall size and the space where it will be hanging. However, if I do use a mat, I like to use a reverse bevel to help prevent any loose charcoal from getting on the exposed bevel!

Additionally, some of my favorite frames right now are the natural driftwood frames; the colored or “washed” driftwood frames; the bleached pickled frames; the thin, sleek colored lacquered frames; the thick, white flat lacquered frames and I always love a classic thin, flat gold leafed frame."

To contact Sidney Wagner of Eclectic, visit her showroom at 875 Coleman Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464. Or call 843.388.7002 shop/843.324.6816 cell

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Stay tuned for more images of art work framed by A Simple Tree Framing and installed in creative, eclectic spaces by Sidney Wagner.