Is a frame just a frame?
I personally think, to a certain extent, art is in the framing. A great frame isn’t just a supporting act; I have frames that possibly cost more than the contents they holds, thereby becoming art in their own right.
I find bare walls unfriendly and often I try to fill the spaces with whatever I can find. Of course in harmony with the surroundings, plastering every square inch will look busier than an Indian market place.
I like to frame canvas art. I don’t think it detracts from the work itself and find naked canvases up on the wall tend to look messy. I also like to re-frame cheap poster art or water colours bought from thrift stores/antique stores using a better frame, mounting and if necessary non-reflecting glass.
I got a set of watercolours I had picked up while on holiday in Venice re-framed for my apartment in Singapore a few years ago. The framer made a suggestion, to add that extra bit of drama, of ‘floating’ the artwork over the white mount. A little expensive but worth every penny; the paintings looked worthy of putting up and so different from when they were stuffed into their make-shift IKEA frames.