Framing Adivce


No matter what kind of picture you’re looking to put up, whether it’s a painting or a photo, the way you frame it can make all the difference. And a lot depends on what you want to say about your picture. Do you want it to be elegant and glamorous? Minimalist? Quirky? Frames can make colours in the picture pop, or they can add brightness to a darker image. You can also use frames to display 3D objects – to show them off or keep them safe.
Maybe you can’t frame your grandfather’s favourite armchair or your mother’s authentic 1970s beanbag – although who knows, you might find a framer who’s up for the challenge! But you’d be surprised how many sentimental or valuable objects can be framed for display. In fact, 3-D framing can be a great way to showcase your most prized possessions while keeping them safe and protected.

Frames for canvas paintings

If you’ve bought high-quality art recently and you’d like to emphasise it in the best way possible, there are two essential choices for framing canvas paintings: a traditional rebated frame, or, for a more modern feel, a tray frame. Tray frames can fit close to the painting; alternatively, they can have a gully around it to give a ‘floating’ impression.

Canvases are rarely put behind glass as they need to breathe. If glass is required, this could be used in a traditional rebated frame, with a slip to hold it away from the painted surface. Another option is a box frame, with the canvas attached to the backing board, and spacers to hold the glass.

The front of a traditional frame overlaps the canvas slightly, so it might not be great if you have details around the edges that you want to emphasise. But canvas pictures put into traditional frames can also be bold and eye-catching, taking up more visual space. Canvas paintings in traditional frames draw your eye immediately, especially as these frames tend to add size.


Framed Canvas Painting

All of this also depends on the kind of painting you’re displaying – tray frames, for example, might suit canvas paintings with a bit less detail to be emphasised in the centre and more going on at the edges. Bold, vibrant pieces might be better off in a traditional frame.


Our framing portfolio showing the kinds of frames we offer is available here. And we have more top tips for framing your art here too.

Deep Box Frame

Frames for 3D objects

Frames aren’t just for paintings and photos. 3D objects can look great in a frame too.  Examples of 3D items you could display in frames include music or sports memorabilia, clothing or accessories, and personal mementoes. There will be different aspects to consider here in comparison to displaying canvas paintings or any other 2D image. You’ll need to think about size and shape, and find a space that fits the object. Highlighting small artistic details might not be as much of a concern in comparison.


The kind of frame you use will of course largely depend on the kind of object you’re displaying and its size. It needs to suit the object visually, and fit it in a way that works both aesthetically and practically. You can include more than just the object too. Maybe a few relevant images around it, or even smaller objects, could elevate the item. You’ll have several choices for frames in this scenario, including double glass frames, shadow boxes and box frames.


Double glass frames can allow you to see all sides of the object you’re displaying. The glass space in between the object and the frame also adds a modern, minimalist feel, and this can put more emphasis on whatever it is you’re displaying. You’ll also have the added benefit of keeping old, valuable and precious items safe. You can find more information on framing 3D objects here.

Frames for galleries and colour matching

If you’re going to put together a gallery wall, choosing the frames for each of your paintings will be an important – and fun – part of the process.


It is, of course, very important to take colours into consideration when choosing your frame. They can’t clash with the colours in your painting – and the colour you choose also needs to fit with the kind of painting it is. More modern, traditional minimalist art might work better with either a neutral or natural-toned frame, or plain black.


If it’s a quirkier picture, bright colours might be a better fit. Gold, or darker natural tones, often suit older paintings very well.  Whether they’re 2D, 3D or a mix, you’ll also need to make sure that all the pieces fit together aesthetically. Ask yourself if your display has a particular theme. If so, what’s the best way to emphasise it?


If it’s filled with very modern pieces, for example, adding a few golden or ornate frames would probably look out of place, unless your display is divided into different sections. At the same time, it can be a good idea to shake things up a bit by choosing slightly different frames for each painting or image. Think very carefully about what would suit each one – and work with the others – and try to choose accordingly. 

Arranging gallery walls

Once you’ve chosen frames, there are a few additional key things you need to keep in mind while arranging your walls.


If you have a few large pictures with bolder frames, try to make them your centrepiece, hanging others with more low-key frames around them.  If you have frames with a wide variety of colours, experiment with putting complementary colours near to each other.


As each kind of frame will also say something about the image within it, you should try to group pieces together by theme. Don’t forget to consider the walls where you’re displaying your paintings, images or objects. Is there an effective colour contrast? Or does it just clash? 


Finally, if you’re contributing one or two individual pieces to a public space or gallery, try to imagine them in a wider context. If you’re really stuck, you might want to contact the organisers to find out what style the other frames in the exhibition will be.

Gallery Wall Frame Instation

Expert advice from Lasermark

At Lasermark, we have a variety of options for bespoke, high-end frames. If you’re still conflicted about the perfect frame for your art, our Arundel-based team of fine art specialists are here to help.


If you need any more information or would like to speak to us about a particular project, please do get in touch.

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Not Just Paintings: Custom Framing for 3-D Objects

When you think about framing something to hang in your home, you probably think about 2-D objects: paintings, photographs, perhaps even an important document such as a letter or certificate. But did you know that 3-D objects can also be framed?
Maybe you can’t frame your grandfather’s favourite armchair or your mother’s authentic 1970s beanbag – although who knows, you might find a framer who’s up for the challenge! But you’d be surprised how many sentimental or valuable objects can be framed for display. In fact, 3-D framing can be a great way to showcase your most prized possessions while keeping them safe and protected.
Framing 3D Objects
Rafael Nadal's Tennis Racket Box Framed

1. Box frames

If you want to display a small item like a piece of jewellery, a fine ceramic plate or an antique curiosity, the standard choice is a box frame. These frames are deeper than a standard picture frame, and the item is mounted directly onto the backing. We design the moulding with a deep rebate and spacers, so that there’s adequate room between the item and the glass.

This is a very effective way to display any 3-D item. As well as crafting the frame to the right dimensions, we can create a custom backing and hand-finish the moulding in just the right colours to make your favourite possession really “pop”. Box framing is especially effective if you want to make a single object the centre of attention. And it’s slender enough to make a small, discreet display if that’s what you prefer.

What objects can I frame?

It’s no exaggeration to say that a skilled custom framer can frame anything within reason. Of course, there are limits – anything very large, heavy or bulky isn’t going to fit in a frame that can go on your wall or shelf. But if you have a valuable keepsake or beloved item, there’s a good chance we can build a tailor-made frame to show it off to best advantage. Maybe you’ve dried your bouquet from your wedding day and want to make sure it stays beautiful forever. Or maybe you have a childhood toy, a celebrity souvenir, or a piece of sports memorabilia that makes you happy every time you look at it. Perhaps you’ve got something fragile or valuable, like a piece of fine porcelain or heirloom jewellery. You love to look at it, but you don’t like to leave it lying around where it can be damaged, misplaced or broken. Framing is a great way to make the most of these precious items while keeping them protected, whether their value is monetary, sentimental or both. There are three main types of frame we use in this situation: box frame, shadow box frame, and double glass frame. Let’s take a look at each one in turn.
Framing Clothing
Deep Box Frame For a Favourite Hat
Shadow Box Frame
Signed Suit Shadow Box Framed

2. Shadow box frames

Shadow box frames are a specific type of box frame, with one or more raised areas of border or mount. If you’ve got a few favourite things you want to put on show together, or you just want to make a bigger impact, a shadow box frame is the way to go. These frames are deep, giving you the flexibility that comes with having plenty of room. The raised mount of shadow box frames casts a shadow within the display, dramatically highlighting the items inside. People often use shadow box frames to group items together and tell a story: for example, a baby’s first rattle & teddy; or a family member’s service medals and photographs in uniform. But a shadow box is also a really effective way to display a single 3-D object like a bouquet, small sculpture or statement jewellery piece. With the right custom frame, placement and lighting, a single object can become the focal point of the whole room. Both box and shadow box frames can be hung on a wall, placed on a shelf or even on the floor. Our job is to craft the frame that will perfectly fit both the item and the space, creating just the display you want for your home or workplace.

3. Double glass frames

While box and shadow box frames generally have a solid backing, double glass frames – sometimes called floating frames – allow you to see an object from both sides. These standalone frames fix the object between two transparent membranes so that it appears to be suspended in mid-air, all while perfectly secure and protected. You’ll often see double glass frames in museums and galleries, showcasing delicate pieces of art, coins, and fragments of manuscript. If you have an item you want to be able to admire from all angles, this is where double glass frames come into their own. They’re also a very effective way to create a striking display with an elegant, minimalist feel. Delicate materials, such as lace and embroidery, also benefit from a double glass frame to hold them securely while protecting them from environmental or accidental damage. Our double glass frames are built to your exact specifications, with careful attention to the integrity and safety of historical or fragile materials.
Old Photos Double Glass Framed

Extra precautions

At Lasermark, we know that your keepsakes are precious and cannot be replaced. Whatever you bring us to frame, we’ll always handle it with the utmost care, and we’ll work to make sure it’s protected. That’s why our box, shadow box and double glass frames can all be built with clear UV-protective glass to filter out UV rays and prevent fading and damage. We also offer acid-free backing and mounts.

If you own something that means the world to you, there’s no sense in hiding it away in a drawer or cupboard where you can’t see it. Custom framing is an excellent way to keep your sentimental and valuable items for posterity, while also enjoying them in the here and now.

As fine art specialists based in Ford, Arundel with expertise in museum and gallery framing, our experience and our tools are at your disposal. Why not let us create the perfect display for your favourite possession? If you would like to discuss a potential project or ask us a question, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Top Tips For Framing Your Art

The Mount

Often an overlooked part of the framing process is the decision on whether or not to choose a mount, which can have a real impact on the finished artwork. A mount draws the eye to the image and can enhance its’ appearance.

A mount not only provides breathing room for your piece of art, but also serves to protect it from damage – it prevents the artwork from touching the glass and creates a visual space between the subject matter and the frame. Conservation mounting is crucial when framing artwork of value, it allows the painting to move freely within the frame, preventing wrinkling and moisture build-up. Mounts also reduce the number of times the picture is handled because you can lift the art by the mount, rather than the piece itself.


There are, however, instances when some prints look better without a mount. For example, large photographic prints or posters when placed directly into a black or white frame – this will provide a polished and contemporary finish.



A beach view, Climping - Karen Halsey
Karen Halsey - A Beach View


Framing is an art in itself.  A frame does much more than just enhance the image or piece of art you have chosen.  A good quality frame also protects your artwork, preserving it for many years to come. 


The colour and finish of the frame is a great way to emphasise the artwork it contains and compliment your interior style.  Before you pick your colour, take some time to consider the overall look of your space and decide what aesthetic you want to achieve – think of it as a link between your art and your interior – are you looking to create harmony or stark contrast?

To mount or double mount…that is the question! This is a second mount that sits inside the primary mount and creates a thin outline around the artwork – think of choosing a colour that is found in the artwork itself. The use of two mounts of the same colour can also achieve a subtle and delicate visual.


To really showcase a piece of art and add a dramatic twist, float mounting is used to raise your art slightly above the mount, giving it the appearance that it is floating. Float mounting works wonders when framing watercolours, time-worn or artwork with raw or frayed edges. This will require a box frame to allow enough space for display of the floated artwork.

Example of Float Mounting

An artwork’s style should suggest the frame style. For example, a period painting or one of classical subject matter is well-suited to a timeless, traditional, elegant gold-leafed frame or a handsome walnut or mahogany wood frame.  Lighter, earthy or more abstract paintings may look best in sleek, less fussy frames.  For paintings that are in-between, there are transitional frames, those that blend elements of the traditional and the contemporary.

Here are a few top tips to keep in mind:

  • Consider the overall tones within the picture when selecting a frame and mount.
  • Select a lighter frame for casual or simple art and choose a darker frame for more elegant or formal pieces.
  • To help your artwork stand out, ensure your frame colour isn’t too similar to your wall colour.  Having said that, try not to worry too much about fitting in with your décor – artwork is often moved around, so as long as the frame compliments the piece of art, it will look great wherever it is hung.


Perhaps like the setting for a diamond, the frame around a work of art is the finishing touch, the element that completes and elevates the artwork itself, so it is most definitely worth the investment.  It may seem an overwhelming decision to make, but here at Lasermark we have the experience and expertise to help guide you through your mounting and framing journey.  So if you have half-forgotten photographs, paintings or pictures hidden away, why not give them a new lease of life on a wall and the attention that they deserve…

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Are reflections spoiling the look of your art?

Whether it’s a painting, a photograph, a diploma, or anything else – framing something for display is the ultimate indication of its significance or beauty. It should go without saying that something being displayed should ideally be seen properly from all angles, rather than ruined by reflections from unfortunately placed lights and windows or even the viewer themselves. Even the most confident among us would struggle to argue that the Mona Lisa would be improved by a slightly distorted version of our own face being overlaid onto it. In this sense, non-reflective glass is very much the unsung hero of the piece; doing its job properly means going completely unnoticed.

How does anti-reflection glass work?

To answer this question properly, we need to understand what causes a reflection. Reflections are caused by light bouncing off a surface and into your eye. This is why shiny objects like mirrors and windows, and still bodies of water produce the most detailed and complete reflections; a high proportion of the light is reflected as opposed to being absorbed.


Non-reflective glass typically has a unique coating which absorbs light, thus reducing the amount which bounces back to the eye of the viewer. Glass conventionally used to frame pictures reflects approximately 8% of light, but the coating can reduce this to as little as 0.5% or one sixteenth as much.

Where is Anti-Reflective Artglass Used?

Particularly effective when used to display darker pieces, specialist anti-reflection glass also serves to ensure perfect colour. When light is reflected, it can often be tinged a certain colour dependent on glass quality and the angle it is being viewed from as well as what is underneath. 

Anti Reflective Art Glass

As such, museums and galleries around the world frequently utilise non-reflective glass in order to ensure their visitors can fully appreciate the items being exhibited. The benefit is two-fold as certain pieces can be susceptible to damage from UV rays, which are also dispersed by the anti-glare coating.

Anti Reflective ArtGlass is used in Galleries

Standard Artglass has a UV filtering capability of approximately 70% but specialised Artglass UV increases this figure to 92%, keeping artefacts safer for longer. For the most important, most public, and most vulnerable display pieces, TruVue Museum is as you may expect a type of glass specifically designed for museum use. This achieves an astounding 99% UV light filtration, keeping anything displayed behind it as safe from UV rays as possible while still being on show. Short term UV damage may not be noticeable but over time ink or paint can fade and disappear before your very eyes, so it is of course sensible to take precautions, particularly when it comes to those most significant pieces.


On top of this, of course, the glass is applicable for domestic use by art enthusiasts and collectors, or anyone with a piece they want to display in the best possible (unreflected) light.

Anti-reflection glass is something most people have likely come across before without even thinking about it– which means it must be working!