Do you buy the painting to fit the wall or change the wall to fit the painting?
Is the colour behind the painting as important as the frame which it sits in?
The artwork needs to feel at home, complemented by its surroundings, not overwhelmed by them, and this means careful consideration of the above.
This article from The New York Times written by Michelle Higgins seeks to answer this question. She consults colour consultants from major art galleries and interior designers to seek out the perfect way to show off your artworks best features. It also discusses why white may not always be the answer and how even the finish on the wall, matt, gloss or flat, can affect how a painting hangs.
The New York Times.