The frame should suit the art.
When choosing frame and matte styles and colors, keep in mind that they should enhance the art, as well as suit the decor. Take the time to have your framer show you an assortment of color/style combinations within your budget. If in doubt, keep it simple.
If you're at a complete loss and want something you know is going to look great? A favorite of many of our clients (and us), is a chunky (wide) black frame and single black matte with a v-groove—it's simple and elegant, and makes the vibrant colors Michael paints with really 'pop', without altering them. On a budget: alternately, a metal frame is less expensive. A black metal or simple brushed aluminum or chrome (silver) frame with a white or black outer matte works very well.
Don't be afraid of color.
Thinking you'd like to be a bit 'creative'? With so many choices available, the urge to go with color mattes can be irresistable! And, can make a beautiful work of art even more striking. Really, the possibilities are endless. One thing to keep in mind, is that a color matte, whether the main (outer) one or the accent (inner) one will affect the colors in the painting. A red matte, for example, will bring out the red tones in a piece. The same goes for a blue, green, purple, orange, or golden matte.
If you're looking for some more ideas, please check out our Facebook page—many of our clients have generously shared photos of Michael's art framed and hung in their homes. We hope this inspires you to be creative!