Custom Framing Artwork
The perfect print, the exquisite oil painting, or the water color you simply had to have, you love it and want to share it. You have the placement on the wall that calls out to display it, the lighting is perfect, and all you have to do now is hang it.
It sounds simple enough doesn’t it? A word of advice, before you roll it under your arm and march into a custom framing shop, look around your room, make note of the elements you like best about it, and keep that in mind when you get to the shop. You will be glad you did when you see the array of options that await you there.
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- Custom Framing Guide
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- How to Hang Pictures on Your Wall
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Custom framing is in itself an art. It can take a simple piece and make it the highlight of your room, so now imagine what can be done with your precious print. The more information you can offer the craftsman about the elements in your home that you really enjoy the better they can transform your print into a show piece that not only suits your décor and style, but allows its own beauty to be highlighted, not overwhelmed or hidden.
Communicate clearly with the framer, allow them to show you options you may not have considered. A small print can be highlighted with double matting, yet that may detract from an oil, a large watercolor may be best suited to a pinstripe thin border frame, but be overpowered by a heavy ornate one.
Matting has a magic of its own, it can bring out specific colors, or assist your artwork in blending more harmoniously with the rest of your décor. It can give smaller pieces more impact and dimension, or give balance to shape.
Lighting is a key component, as the sun shifts is there going to be glare? The proper glass can ensure the artwork is visible any time of day.
Take time to view the portfolio of display the shop has on display. They can help you isolate which elements you like and why, and use that to offer suggestions to give your artwork the perfect finish that you will love for years to come. The creative matting on this one, the fine lines of the brass frame on that one..but oh, look how elegant it is in gloss black!
Have fun with it. Your artwork and how you chose to display it is as individual as you are. It should reflect how you feel about the piece, and your home. Be open to suggestions and don’t be shy about offering them. There are design guidelines but there is no such thing as a hard and fast rule. If you have in your mind’s eye the ideal of the finished piece communicate it clearly with the framer, they can craft an amazing variety and, as artists themselves, they will actually enjoy exploring new design concepts. Inlays, engravings, piping, combining materials and imagination will allow the frame to be as beautiful as the artwork it houses.
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