The Framing Guide

Updated: Jan 28

Here are some things to know when finding your perfect frame for your piece.


  • Use acid-free, archival materials if you're matting yourself or adding tape to mount.

  • Do not use a frame that doesn't feel right to you!


You spent good hard-earned money on artwork and putting it in a frame that doesn't make it look gorgeous is just not worth it.

It's important to note that frames that come with matting will have an opening dimension that's slightly smaller by 1/4"- 1/2" around each side.


That means even though they state it'll fit a 5x7 painting, it may eat up some of the margins around the edges. If you see this, please don't fret! This is something that I've noticed is a standard practice in the framing world. Please know that this is normal and there's nothing you did wrong.




M A T T I N G


Most of the art I offer are “traditional” sizes so “ready-made” frames are easy to find.

Matting is a personal opinion, but personally, I find it looks elegant and refined with the white margin all around. The piece will take up more space on your wall which will bring more attention to the artwork that you invested in. And, visually, white space brings a sense of calm and allows the artwork to truly stand out.


Of course, it's a personal aesthetic preference. do what you want! Just be happy with the final look:)


PLEASE NOTE: Always size up for the frames when it comes to buying frames to hold a mat. For instance, a 5x7 original art piece will fit in an 8x10 frame with matting.


If you do not want to mat, be sure to look at the frame dimensions to see if it fits your painting dimensions! For instance, a 5x7 original art piece without a mat will need to find a frame that fits 5x7.



F R A M E C O L O R S


I recommend natural wood, white, or dark brown/black for most of my artwork. But please be sure to choose a frame that fits your design aesthetic. It's a tried and true way of making artwork a natural part of the overall feel of your room!



H E R E A R E S O M E R E A D Y - M A D E F R A M E S I R E C O M M E N D :



F R A M E S F O R 5 x 7 R E C T A N G L E A R T


IKEA RIBBA

8x10 Frame

white & black

$3.99


IKEA HOVSTA

8x10 Frame

birch & dark brown

$4.99


TARGET THIN SINGLE PICTURE FRAME - MADE BY DESIGN

10x12 Frame

birch

$12.00




F R A M E S F O R 8 x 1 0 R E C T A N G L E A R T


IKEA RIBBA

12x16 Frame

white & black

$7.99


IKEA HOVSTA

12x16 Frame

birch & dark brown

$9.99


TARGET MADE BY DESIGN

11x14 Frame

black, white

$13.00

TARGET PROJECT62 THIN GALLERY MATTED PHOTO FRAME

11x14 Frame

black

$20.00




(Image Source: ChrislovesJulia)




F R A M E S F O R 1 1 x 1 4 R E C T A N G L E A R T


TARGET MADE BY DESIGN

16x20 Frame

birch, white

$20.00


TARGET PROJECT62 THIN GALLERY MATTED

16x20 Frame

black

$30.00



F R A M E S F O R 12 x 1 6 R E C T A N G L E A R T


IKEA RIBBA

16x20 Frame

white & black

$9.99


IKEA HOVSTA

16x20 Frame

birch & dark brown

$12.99


Art to Frame (AMAZON)

All Size Frames

black, cherry, clear stain, white

From $11.00 - $25.00




C U S T O M F R A M I N G :


If you would like a custom frame created for your piece I recommend that you check out a local frame shop first (they will probably have the best selection of quality frames and are local which means you're a friend to them!)




O N L I N E C U S T O M F R A M I N G

I recommend both Framebridge and Simply Framed for online custom framing. They offer some fun options and really wonderful prices (usually 2/3 - 1/2 the price of a custom frame shop). ---- How it works: Chose a frame from the collection on their website, send them the artwork with a shipping label they provide, and they mail the finished artwork back to you. Done and ready to hang! Easy Peasy!

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