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

The FRAME

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.

A FINAL THOUGHT

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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