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As a result of this guide, I have had a couple of conversations with people about framing artwork they have bought unframed, so thought I would share my thoughts on framing too.
So, you have been to an art fair, exhibition, gallery or simply found a piece of art which you love. If you are reading this it is likely that your beautiful purchase is wrapped in cellophane, it’s all very exciting, but what now?
You could take it to your local framers, there are plenty around, and most can give you great advice on what to do. But be warned. They are not all great. Some are likely to just push you towards having the highest priced frame with the most expensive non-reflective glass, with little thought for your home, so ask around before going down this route.
If you are local to me, I have a couple of local framers who I highly recommend and a couple I wouldn’t.
Another option is to frame it yourself. There are lots of stores around which sell frames but please do not use a frame that you don’t love. Why? Well, you have just spent good money on your art piece so why cheapen it by putting something you love into a rubbish frame.
So, what should you consider?
If you are framing originals or prints on paper, first you will need to get matting for your artwork and that matting needs to be acid-free to avoid damaging your beautiful artwork. Don’t skip this, as matting your artwork provides a margin between the artwork and the frame which is calming and allows the work to really shine. That said, some people prefer not to use matting or mount, and, in the end, you have to be happy with the final look, so you decide what works best for you and your home. Works on paper generally need to be protected with glass and here you need to consider where you are going to be hanging the work before you get it framed. If it is going to be in a fairly sunny position you will need to consider glass with UV protection to stop the work from fading.
If your new artwork is on canvas, there are a couple of options depending on the canvas. A thin canvas can be framed with a canvas surround, like matting, between the canvas and the frame. Wider frames probably don’t need this and with a thick wrapped canvas or box canvas, it is probably best mounted into a floater frame.
These days you can get frames from all manner of different outlets, supermarkets tend to have some great quality small frames, home decorating stores generally have a good larger range, so take a look in IKEA, B&Q, and Department stores not forgetting also to check out antique shops, second hand shops and charity shops. [For my American followers I am talking about Meijer’s, Walmart, Home Depot, Macy’s, vintage, thrift and resale stores]. Second hand/charity stores have an abundance of frames, usually with horrible prints in, but simply remove the work and replace with your artwork instead.
Style of frame.
The style of the frame needs to fit in with the style of your home. It’s likely that the style of your home will probably be similar to the style of paintings you enjoy. Modern colourful artworks tend to look best with simple monotone frames with as little fuss as possible so as not to take away from the art. The likelihood is that if you like modern art, the style of your house will tend to be modern too.
If on the other hand your home is classical with patterns walls and Chintz fabrics, then beautiful old-style gold frames, which are works of art in their own right, will sit better in your home. You can often find these beautiful frames in charity, second hand or antique shops.
At the end of the day, the work is going to be on your wall for some time, so you need to think as much about the framing almost as much as you do about the art itself.
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