How to mix vintage paintings and modern decor

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I need ideas on how to incorporate fairly large vintage paintings into a modern decor without painting the beautiful dark timber frames.

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  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Dec 04, 2017
    If you want to spend the money to have them re-framed, you can pick a more modern molding.

    The easiest way is to mix the old with the new. Make groupings using the Vintage with some modern art or some different pieces of wall art in between or around the paintings. A modern wall vase with a sunflower! In other words, mix it up!

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Dec 04, 2017
    We had several vintage paintings and brand new photos that had been framed, what worked was that though they were entirely modern and vintage they were all in black and white. I would just keep an eye on color

  • Dena Roberts Dena Roberts on Dec 04, 2017
    Buy some modern frames a couple of inches larger than the existing frames and "frame" the whole vintage picture, frame and all, inside the new modern frame. Leave a gap all around the existing picture frame of about an inch. Use a mat color to compliment your modern decor color.

  • Sharon Sharon on Dec 04, 2017
    If the dark frames stand out too much you might put a bit of gilding paste on relief work that would coordinate with the frames of the other art. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xc2Dbylv94E comes in many colors.
    Another technique would be to mount the new art on floating frames, or very tiny reveal frames.... https://www.google.com/search?client=opera&q=contemporary+frames+for+art&sourceid=opera&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8 on 2nd row on the right side, are the small reveal and floating frames. For the tiny reveal frame's mat you could incorporate the color of the darker old wood frames by using duponi silk, grass cloth or just dark mat board to make a coordinated wall display.

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Dec 04, 2017
    Hi, Gloria Larsen! In the art museums I’ve been to, they don’t change the furniture or rugs to match the paintings. If you can, leave up to a foot of blank space between the vintage frames, but maybe paint the wall that pulls the unmatched frames together, or that accents one of the colors in several of the paintings. Polish the frames and vary the forms of hanging them. If you have one or two with cords or ribbon, accent those. Modern people can like vintage paintings. And, please, photograph your process and post it on Hometalk.com. 😇