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Few pieces of decor have such a profound effect on a space as art. True, the kind of furniture you choose – such as a leather sofa or an upholstered chair with metal rivets – also plays an important part in creating the room’s ambience, but artwork evokes deep emotions in the viewer. It can give your home a relaxed feel, turn your dining room into a Tuscan courtyard or even take you back in time to the early 19th or 20th century. At Pottery Barn, we don’t do anything halfway. Our framed wall art is expressive and well-defined. That makes it easy to find pieces that fit your dream design. Not sure exactly what you’re looking for or how to present your favorite art? Here are some helpful tips.


What are the advantages of framed wall art versus a bare canvas? Both are beautiful design options that enhance your home. The main difference has to do with vibe. Frames give artwork a look that’s both traditional and modern. In a way, they prepare the art or photograph for the viewer, highlighting specific qualities. Also, many people love the look of a black-and-white photograph underneath the layer of glass offered by a dark frame.


On the other hand, wrapped-canvas art feels a little more intimate and vulnerable. It’s like baring your soul for everyone to see. That makes it a good choice for areas where you want an especially warm feel. One other important benefit is the ability to divide a single piece of art into three or four different canvases. Having no borders helps the eye to see the continuity of the design. In the end, trust your instincts. You know what you like.


What kind of ambience can you create with framed wall art? The possibilities are practically endless. Frames are very chic. They add an elegant quality to the room. So if you want to create a room that feels lavish and magnificent, framed wall art is a great way to bring it to life. For something sleek and contemporary, black borders evoke a modern vibe that combines well with floor lamps, upholstered furniture and metal accent tables.


One distinctive talent of framed wall art is being able to create striking groupings. From four-by-four arrangements to larger nine-by-nine grids that work with smaller photographs – and anything in between – groups of artwork turn lots of heads for an unforgettable accent wall. There are lots of possibilities, but one great way to build this kind of composition is to choose identical frames and sizes. That way the sharp lines of each painting line up for a bold geometric statement. Want to think outside of the box? Take advantage of corner spaces to let a long rectangle of photographs spill over onto a second wall. This gives the artwork a three-dimensional quality.


What color is best to frame art? There’s no easy answer. Even interior designers are split between two basic concepts: some believe that the art itself should determine the frame tone, and others say you need to take into account the rest of your room decor. In the end it’s usually a matter of personal preference.


If you decide to select a frame based on artwork, how do you do it? Decide what elements in a photograph or painting you want to stand out the most. It could be a central figure, a specific color or the way it makes you feel. Then choose a frame that fits, such as an espresso border in a photograph of an open field with a single large tree. One extra hint: black borders go with anything.


And if you want to create a picturesque vignette? Maybe you want to draw attention to the whole by taking into account the effect of a tufted leather sofa, a vibrant accent wall, carefully-chosen side tables, vases, florals and light fixtures. In that case, go with a frame that makes your artwork stand out, but that also complements the overall color palette of the space. White frames look amazing against a blue wall, for example.