Framing Guide

Framing art pieces is an art by itself. Besides its aesthetic aspects, it can also be highly technical. A frame should provide the art piece adequate protection so that it can be displayed for a long time without suffering from any damages.

If you ever buy an art piece from us in the expensive price range (>$1000), we will ensure we cover all the technical aspects of framing, e.g. using acid-free material for the frame, applying conservation mounting and anti-UV protection, etc.

Otherwise, we encourage buyers to experiment with framing freely.

Still, we often receive questions from buyers about how best to frame an art print. That is why we wrote the guide below.

Theoretically the frame you choose should match the artwork's theme in both style and color. This will make the artwork stands out, embolden the message it is conveying.

However aesthetics is largely a subjective matter. For example, we personally feel that using white mat in white frame is superfluous due to the lack of contrast, but there are many who think it is elegant.

So don't let our opinions limit your creativity!

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Mat board / Mount

white mat

We generally prefer a white or wooden mat. But there are a few cases where we would avoid using a mat.

If there is a single dominant color around the four edges of the art piece, that color would already serve as a complementary color to the subject matter of the art piece, and thus there is no need for an additional decorative layer.

framing an art piece with dominant color on the edges

 

Another case where we would avoid using a mat is when displaying a set of art prints side by side. The mats create a visual obstruction to viewing them together.

art print set

 

Lastly, we would also not use a mat when framing large photographic print. There is little need for an extra decorative color in such a display.

large photographic print

 

Frame

gallery style frame

We generally prefer thin (< 2cm) black or white or wooden gallery style frames. However, there are cases where certain frames make the overall visual display of the art stronger or weaker.

As we have said before, we prefer not to use white frame with white mat. We can make it an exception if the frame is wooden white.

white frame with white mat

Also wooden mat goes well with only wooden frame.

wooden frame with wooden mat

For traditional paintings (except for abstract paintings), we would use a traditional golden ornate frame, walnut or mahogany wood frame.

golden ornate frame

For forest and botanical art prints, the types of frames that work best:

forest / botanical art prints

The last one is hanged with a specially designed hanger. One of our favorite stores Vol25 advocates using them to frame forest art prints and it is a creative choice.

A black and white art print usually looks best in a satin black frame with white mat.

satin black frame

 

Canvas

We sell canvas suitable for gallery wrapping, i.e. during printing or painting, we will add an extra margin of 4~5cm on all sides of the canvas.

Usually we mirror the circumference of the canvas on the margin. Sometimes we do have the option of printing a specific color.

We ship our canvas unstretched. Upon receiving, you can find a local service to stretch and wrap the canvas over properly-made stretch bars.

Or if you know abit of carpentry, you could do it yourself. There are tons of videos on Youtube teaching how to do canvas stretching.

gallery wrapped canvas

You have the option of framing a canvas. They look great framed or unframed.

framed canvas