People often wrestle with whether or not an item has enough value to justify investing in custom framing. Our experience leads me to answer this way: If the emotional value led you to store it safely over time, or it has enough meaning to garner any of many possible feelings when you view it... I think you know the answer! Let's dig into the decisions and experience you can expect when you decide to have an item framed by a professional.
I've often heard people refer to "the fine art of framing," a reference to the drastic improvement that well-designed custom framing can enhance and accent the aspects within a work of art. Professional custom framers make a living helping you achieve your desired aesthetic result and ensuring your artwork is not damaged during the process.
Rule #1: Take it to a professional framer with a reputation of excellence!
This is by far the most important aesthetic decision you will make throughout the process! If you entrust some customer service rep for design advice, your odds of receiving a finished product that you'll love for years to come just plummeted to almost nothing! Working with a professional framer also ensures that your item will not be damaged by materials or during the framing process. Quick plug: The Framer's Gallery has been in business over 30 years and all framing is completed on-site! Never take important items somewhere that may ship it to another location for framing. Here are a few other tips for you to consider prior to your first custom framing experience.
Selecting your Mats.
Neutral colors and fine fabrics work well when choosing your top mat. Mat boards are available in suede, linen, leather and a variety of other specialty finishes that can enhance the artwork! A well-chosen companion fillet or additional mat can play with your artwork and create a visual zen that'll have you smirking! Oh yeah! So have fun in this part of the process! Try a few combinations! We can print background images on your mat, or cut unique shapes, patterns or edges! Check our Hall of Frame for some examples. By the way, if someone recommends mats that aren't 100% acid-free, grab your art and run for the door! Acid mats can stain your artwork over time... yuck!... and are still frequently sold online.
Choosing a frame.
Try and wrap your head around this one, there really are no rules when choosing a frame! Now, I know what you're thinking, "But I came here for a little advice!" Okay, mull over this. Consider frames that complement the style of your artwork and do not distract your eyes away from it. When framing a floral painting, search for something delicate. If it's a poster from a rock and roll concert, get a little dangerous! If your art is busy, keep the frame simple. Also, be open to viewing a variety of frames with your artwork. If you began down a path of "cheap black frames" from the local big box, that doesn't mean you should stay the course! In fact, question the direction you've been steering your design life! Embark on the experience of optical karma that different frame finishes can offer your walls as they interact with your piece! Interested in seeing your frame before you buy it? Click here to try the LJ virtual framing tool.
Rule #2: Art doesn't have to match the couch!
When you choose framing materials that are at peace with your piece, it will look great and you'll love it (wherever it hangs in the end)!
Light causes fading over time... not only sunshine, some indoor lighting as well. Most fine framers today only offer glazing that provides UV protection. That's the standard, period. Unfortunately, glass without UV protection is still out there and can have you noticing fading as soon as just a couple of years. Museum glass is the industry-leading glazing material. Nearly invisible, it provides a crystal clear view of your artwork, almost no reflection, and protects against 99% of harmful indoor and outdoor light rays. Museum glass keeps your framed pieces clearer and brighter for longer, and you won't be looking back at yourself each time you stop to enjoy your art! That's what mirrors are for! Have us print your photo on canvas and avoid glass completely!
Rule #3: Have fun!
Custom framing personalizes your home! Follow these simple tips and the next piece you hang will enhance your interior environment more than you could've imagined! This process of framing your artwork, family heirloom, concert poster, or sports jersey is your moment to create and display something that's truly one-of-a-kind! Have fun!
By the way, The Framer's Gallery is proud of our No Risk Guarantee! If you don't love the frame or color selection, bring it back within 10 days and we'll replace it for free. If you choose a more expensive frame, just pay the difference.
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