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Framing Tips

Framing Tips

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You’ve been staring at that empty wall for awhile now. It’s been bugging you what to hang on it. But there’s so many factors to consider when trying to choose the right photo, print, or original piece of art. First of all, whatever you hang has to be the focal point. This also means that you’ll have to make some allowances to suit the decor of your home. That doesn’t neccesssarily mean that you have to destroy the impact of your picture for the sake of your curtains, carpet, or bedspread.

The hardest part is trying to find something that fits within the style and mood of the room. For instance, if you have a Victorian-styled home with antique furniture, an ultra-modern picture isn’t exactly going to bring out the fireplace.

If you’d like to fill the empty wall space with family photographs and the like, consider the following: How long are you going to display the photos for? Do you want a permanent framing job ealing the photo in, or would you like the option to change the photos on a regular basis?

Let your framer know so that they can frame the photo appropriately to cater for either scenario. WIth photos it’s best to keep them away from the glass, using a plastic spacer, or better still, a matboard. This will prevent condensation damage, which can cause the photograph to adhere to the glass and ruin its surface.

Don’t be afraid of trying different combinations and ideas like decorative cuts when using mat boards. Different colours can and will elegantly stand out your piece – the focal point.

When choosing glass consider the location of where the frame will be hung. If there is direct light hitting the wall, such as from sun-facing windows, spotlights and the like, standar clear glass will cause reflections which will interfere with you and your guests viewing the picture. Standard non-reflective glass can fix this problem in most cases.

But you’ll have to consider the following: if the non-reflective glass is not flat against the image, such as when using matboards or shadowboxes, it will give a greyness to the colours, and take away from the clarity of the image.

A better solution would be an ultra-fine single-etched non-reflective glass, such as Tru-Vue Reflection Control. This glass may cost a little more than standard non-reflective glass, but it has far less impact on the colour and clarity of the image.

So really, if you’re already going to fork out for non-reflective glass due to the frame being in direct light, you may as well chip in a bit more for UV protective glass and not only prelong the life span of the framed piece and keep it’s value but it’ll also give you peace of mind.

And by using acid-free mounting materials, you can be sure your framed artwork will be well-preserved to stand the test of time (acid in framing materials, including cheap cardboard matboards and spray-glue, can cause brown marks, known as ‘foxing’, to appear in your valuable artwork).