Capping is a term used in the framing world and is a little trick worth knowing!
Capping essentially means to add a frame on top of another (to cap or top a frame with another). This design style can completely alter the feel of your piece! It allows us to play with the combination of different design styles like modern and traditional, rustic and glam and so on! Or even help overcome some aesthetic challenges. Let’s look at some examples.
Adding a bright, thin line of moulding to a neutral frame base is like adding a bold necklace to a classic black dress. It gives just the right amount of personality to your frame design while maintaining a classic feel.
By contrast, capping a thin, bold frame with a more prominent, rustic frame will give a subtle polish to your overall design while still reading rustic.
We also love capping a colourful frame with a modern metallic to add pop while maintaining a sleek vibe.
Using a white frame as the bottom of a capping design helps make a piece larger when a little extra size is needed. In addition to making a piece more substantial, as a bonus this look adds interest.
Another design challenge that we come across is trying to hide weathered edges of a sentimental, existing frame. Capping is a great solution that hides the damaged sides while updating the design.