Choosing the right frame for your picture

  • By Greg Heffernan
  • 05 Sep, 2016

Choosing the right frame for your picture or artwork is not as simple as you may think. There are several steps to framing and you need to get them all right for the picture to be complemented and for you to achieve the look you desire.

When you have found a picture or painting that you want to have framed the first thing you need to choose is the mount board or as some people call them a picture mat. This is the colored border around the picture and serves two purposes, the first being the color you choose should enhance the picture and not over power or become a focus. Whichever color is the main color in your artwork or picture should be the color used on the mat board. The second reason for the mat board is that it gives a buffer between the glass and your artwork. What size mat board should you use depends on the size of your picture but as a rule the wider the mat board the better the picture will look. Once the mat board is decided on the next thing you need to give some thought to and choose is the frame. When choosing a frame for your picture you need to consider the style of the picture, if you are framing a print you can look to see if you can find the print on line and get some ideas on how other people have framed  the print, if your picture is an original, again you can research on line and get ideas of how similar styles of art have been framed and which of these styles will suit your décor. Now that you know what frame you are having, the next item you have to decide on is what type of glass you are going to use in the frame. The glass in a frame protects the picture or artwork from uv rays when hanging on you wall, if the room you are hanging the picture in is particularly light you may want to have a uv filtering glass put in the frame to stop the painting or print from fading. You may also want to use a low reflective glass so the viewing of the picture is not compromised by reflection. There is  acrylic glass that is now sold that look the same as glass but are a lot lighter in weight and has the added benefit of being a  lot safer than glass as it does not break. This means when and if you want to move the picture and have it hung again you don’t have to worry about it breaking and damaging the picture. When having the picture and frame hung it can be done easily as it will not be so heavy.

If you have given the points mentioned above consideration you should end up with a picture and frame    that you are very happy with, you are now ready to have the artwork or picture hung on your wall.                                                


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