Experienced Frame Designers

Experienced Frame Designers Our experienced frame designers help you arrive at just the right frame design for your art, photo, mirror, certificate, or memorabilia. We strive to understand your desires for conserving and displaying in a beautiful way some of your most valued possessions.

Experience Frame Designers

Size of Items to be Framed

The size of your item to be framed places a large role in the approach to framing. For very small items, frame moulding for example can be very slender in width while large items require a certain depth and width of moulding just to support the size and weight of the framed item. Once items exceed a certain size, materials such as mats and glass need to be oversized. Once items are over yet another threshold, some materials don't exist at all for framing and choices are narrowed to specific materials that work for very large pieces.

Importance of Items to be Framed

Some items to be framed are of lessor importance than others. This helps our frame designers to select materials that appropriate for the importance of the item. For lesser important items to be framed, glass or acrylic may not need to be UV or non-reflective and mats don't have to be rag cotton. For more important and more valuable items that you want to preserve through many generations, it makes sense to use glass or acrylic that is UV and non-reflective and do use mats that are 100% acid-free rag cotton so as to avoid the possibility of items being compromised over many years.

Medium of Items to be Framed

Items to be framed come in many mediums: oil on canvas, water color and pastel on art paper, jerseys, paper products such as art reproductions, playing cards, and certificates, giclees on canvas, etc. The framing approach varies bvy medium. For example some mediums such as pastel need spacing between the art and glass. Other mediums such as oil on canvas don't need glass at all. Some mediums such as giclees on canvas and jerseys need to be stretched while paper products frequently need to be drymounted on acid-free foamboard.

Space for Items to be Framed

Although the rule of thumb is to design for the item to be framed, it frequently can be helpful to consider the larger context of where the item is likely to be displayed. Sometimes it is desired to match the mat, glass, or moulding of other items expected to be displayed nearby. Other times the overall style of the framing needs to complement other framed items nearby. The expected width or height available for the framed item can influence the overall size of the framed piece.

Client Preferred Framing Style

Most important is the style of framing preferred by a client. Some clients prefer a traditional framing approach while others want a very contemporary look. Other clients want a "frameless" approach that utilizes acrylic and standoffs for a more minimalistic and industrial look. Yet other clients want to make their art look bigger while some clients with less available wall space want to keep the size of their framed items only as large as necessary.

Matching Items to be Framed

Sometimes it is critical for a framing solution to match as closely as possible the items framed years ago. Fortunately our huge variety of on-the-wall samples as well as catalog samples makes it possible to match as closely as possible the mat color along with the moulding width, depth, color, texture, and finish.