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Framing Tips

While there are no hard and fast rules for how to go about framing your artwork, there are a few guidelines that can help things go more smoothly. Mostly they involve recognizing any special needs you may have in preserving your artwork and trusting your eye when it comes to the design!

Our friendly staff can help you work with existing ideas, recommend the best ways to preserve your artwork and help you realize the perfect design. We can also make suggestions, or send you home with samples for further consideration. Stop by the shop anytime for a full consultation.

FAQ

Why Frame This? What Can Be Framed?

Framing helps to protect and preserve your artwork and memorabilia. It enhances your environment by highlighting items and images that bring you delight, show your history, or represent a special place or memory. Framing is not just for posters, prints and paintings. Framing is not just for posters, prints and paintings. Books, Christmas ornaments, family heirlooms, military medals, coins, stamps, special outfits, clothing and sports jerseys, concert tickets, musical instruments and collections of all sorts can be beautifully displayed in picture box frames and custom made pedestals. Check out our gallery page for some more examples.

How Much Does Framing Cost?

Framing costs can vary widely depending on the size of artwork, the materials used and any special needs the work may have. We have over 100 frame styles in stock and many different framing options that can accommodate almost any budget. Our staff can help guide you to the right frame package at the right price for you.

How do you go about designing a frame package?

There are many different things to consider in designing a frame package. A short list includes the cost and size of the artwork, the mounting of the artwork, any conservation concerns it may have, the style, proportion, and colors of the materials used to frame it, and how you would like the framed work to work with any overall interior design scheme you may have. Our staff is knowledgeable about all these considerations and more than happy to offer recommendations. You can also check out our design page , which considers all these issues in greater depth.

How should the framed artwork be installed?

There a few ways to think about the design or layout of the artwork on the walls: do you want to emphasize individual pieces, or group things together? Often large or distinct pieces that demand attention look best in a dramatic isolated presentation. Often large or distinct pieces that demand attention look best in dramatic isolation. Small pieces like photos and mementos, however, may look better in arranged groupings that can be thought of as one big composition on your wall.

Each case will depend on the artwork and the space in which you would like to present it, and we're are more than happy to come out for a consultation. We will attach the proper mounting hardware on the back of your frame and will give you any special instructions on securing it to the wall. More information on the design, layout and basics of hanging artwork can be found on our installation page .

How do you care for framed artwork?

The main things that you need to keep in mind when caring for your artwork are light, humidity andtemperaturechanges and dirt. Hang your artwork out of direct sunlight. If it is sensitive, make sure you have extra UV protection in the glazing.

Paper fibers, linen and cotton all react to moisture in the atmosphere, so controlling the humidity and temperature as much as possible can help your prints and paintings looking their best. If your frame becomes dirty, it may be gently dusted with a feather duster or soft cloth.

Glass may be cleaned with a soft cloth and any glass cleaner withoutammoniasprayed on the cloth, not directly on the glass. If your piece is framed with plexiglass, you must use a very soft cotton cloth and either a special cleaner for plastic or a mild soap and water mix used on the cloth only and not directly sprayed on the plexiglass.

Paintings without glazing may also be dusted with a feather duster, provided the surface has been varnished or is not too sensitive. If the painting marks easily, you may want to consider glazing it.

Keep an eye out for any holes or stains that may be caused by water damage, mold, or insect infestation. If you notice any of these, bring the work into the shop and we can make recommendations on preserving it.

Reference

From posters to paintings to shadow boxes, there are many options available to display and protect you artwork . Because it can be difficult to keep track of all the choices available, we've put together a reference page to help.