Designing with Bevels
Framing an artwork often sees people considering features ranging from material to colours and even thickness. The numerous components to think about may often leave you too frazzled to notice a small but crucial part of the frame. In this instance, many tend to overlook the bevels.
Despite being a seemingly insignificant part of the frame, the type of bevelling can ingeniously create subtle contrasts that surprisingly add depth your treasured artwork, making it pop. Consider the amount of money you are putting in to getting your favourite work framed, leaving out vital details like these might not give you the most bang for your buck.
Within the trade, a well-cut bevel is the yardstick seasoned framers hold on to. Taking pride in producing precise and flawless cuts, those who are practiced in this craft aim to create frames that have cleaner and more polished looks with bevels. Essentially, the bevels, albeit outwardly inconsequential, allow your frame to exude the vibe of your choice and give it character.
What bevels bring to the table doesn’t stop here. There is more to just basic bevelling, leaving many spoilt for choice if they know what to look out for. On top of the possible play on colours, a reverse bevel is certainly an option you can consider. With a reverse bevel, the mat will be the only coloured component you can see while the light shadow the reverse bevel casts naturally adds an understated dimension to the matting. This lifts the entire framed artwork, as though bringing it to life.
Another feature that gives your framing oomph is pairing a neutral mat with a fillet that compliments the frame. This combination of colours never goes wrong. Given the colour contrast, the eyes naturally focus on the artwork, elevating the richness of the latter. While reverse bevels are usually an economical choice, they often leave a rustic feel, something that might not be your cup of tea.
This brings us to the art of gilding bevels. Instead of that traditional appearance that might not suit some, this type of bevelling fashions a more polished finished look instead. For the ones with a taste for simplicity, a gilded bevel is certainly what you are looking for. Drawing eyes to the painting, gilding can be burnished for a more vibrant texture or distressed for a vintage appearance. These options offer you the chance to customise your frame to your liking.
Gilded bevels are one of the best alternatives to fillets if you prefer not to use any wood products, perhaps due to the presence of valuable material like gold leaf of high karat. By gilding the entire section of the bottom mat, the look of an antique frame is achieved, possibly creating an illusion of a fillet. This not only ensures that the cherished material is safeguarded, it also ideal for those with a preference for a frame with an old world charm, killing two birds with one stone.
Often gone unnoticed, bevels provide great opportunities for design enhancements. The myriad of combinations you can have just by mixing up the type of bevelling, fillets, gildings and colours, are sure to see you create the perfect frame for your artwork. With this in mind, don’t rush through the framing process the next time you head down to get your frame made. Consider how these components fit together to create your end product and spend some time to take a closer look at these inconspicuous bevels.