Exploring Colour & Frame Style Choices For 3 Piece Wall Art
What makes a triptych a triptych & not just 3 pieces of art is that the 3 panels consist of an image, or elements, that relate to each other.
This can be one image split over the 3 panels, or individual images that have a unifying theme.
So it would seem to make sense that the framing should also be consistent, right?
In most cases, a triptych will benefit from the same frame style & colour for all 3 panels. But when using 3 individual images, it's possible to use different frames & matting to create interesting & unique wall décor.
Some triptych art styles suit being unframed, but framing can be a wonderful option too.
If you're unsure whether to frame your 3 panel wall art, maybe you'd like to read: Framing Triptych Prints, You Can But Should You?
Should You Use Different Coloured Frames For Single Image Triptychs?
The most common answer would be no, but I feel it's a yes & no .. it will depend on the style of art being framed.
Triptych art needs to look unified & the uniform framing of a single image spread over 3 panels is what helps to marry the entire artwork together.
As the image above demonstrates, different coloured frames just create a haphazard look without any coherency.
Although each of the frame colours match the room's décor & looks good against the wall colour, they don't harmonize with the triptych image.
In the image above, the white frames look great against the darker blue wall & also creates coherency with the 3 panel wall art.
But triptych panels can consist of different sizes & orientation.
Any style art can be used to create a triptych, not just photographs.
I feel that the abstract & geometric style of art in the image above looks fabulous with 3 different frame colours.
Although it's still a single image, the colour of the frames reflect the colours in the artwork & make it pop against the white wall.
In this example, different frame colours actually enhance the art, it looks even more funky whilst retaining coherency.
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Uniform Framing For 3 Individual Images
Triptych's can be created from 3 separate images that follow a theme or posses a similar style.
A framed print can also be matted & this can be a fabulous look for triptychs made from 3 unique images.
The frames can remain the same whilst creatively using different matte colours.
Because the matting is obviously within the frames & the frames are the same style & colour, coherency is retained whilst creating colourful & interesting 3 piece wall art.
With a minimalist décor, 3 different coloured artworks within the same coloured frames & mattes still adds colour but manages to stay visually restrained.
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Can Frame Styles Be Different?
For this I feel it's a definite no.
It's fun & creative to experiment with various coloured frames & matting, but different frame styles are too disjointing & the essence of the triptych theme is lost.
Using different style frames can be fabulous for creating a gallery wall & achieving an eclectic or bohemian style, but it doesn't work for triptych art.
But then I always say, if you like the look of it & you're happy .. then go for it!
Framing can compliment & enhance any artwork & triptychs are no different.
But the frame needs to improve & add to the artwork.
Getting the style or colour wrong can actually detract from what could of been a wonderful piece of wall décor.
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