There are different “things” which you want to preserve for your today and leave to your ancesters or you inherited from your preditors.
They may be a painting, a photo or an object. As long as you want them to see and to be seen, the best way is to “frame” them and hang on your walls. Not only as a decoration object but as a part of your life.
Having something framed is a kind of investment as long as taken care by an “expert framer”. In this age of mass production and manufacturing there are too many “pictures or paintings” which you buy fast and and throw out fast. We are not talking about them. Whatever worths to frame, must be framed properly.
All mats and backing must be acid free (because acidity damages paper or discolours the art work), frames must be made of wood (because any kind of plastic or poly. materials contains chemicals and they are not healthy neither for you nor for your artworks), if you will use glass prefer the ones with UV protection.
How to choose the best frame?
This basic question is on mind of every customer.
Actually, the answer is simple!
“Don’t let anyone else to sell you his or her dream.”
You may ask opinion from professionals (like your framer or interior decorator or artist), but in the end pick whatever is looking the best to YOU. Pay for your dream, not someone else’s.
As of material, frame should be preferably wood or metal.
We do NOT recommend and sell plastic frames.
IF anything worth to frame, choose the best one, because it is a kind of investment . Whether at home or at the office or anywhere else, frames are part of your life. Treat yourself in the best possible choice.
How to take care of your frame and artwork?
- Use a feather duster or damp cloth when cleaning your art and frame to avoid scratches.
- Be sure to spray liquid cleaner directly on the cloth rather than your art and avoid immonia based cleaners.
- As with any work of art, do not display your paintings or photos in direct sunlight.
- Neutral tones like whites and creams are always easy to look harmonious with artwork. You can combine them with your wall colour or with any bold colour which may add drama.
- Black mats are also neutral but might be strong. Mostly black makes the art pop.
- A black core mat helps you to save money ( instead of having double mat) also tiny black line helps to passing colours between mat and artwork.
For oils, acrylics or prints on canvas you need to have a Professional stretching. Otherwise it may loose or can cause cracks on painting. IF there is no specific reason, prefer ¾ stretching bars. The wider ones are more expensive (which only makes profitable for framer) and always bare in mind that those bars, limits your frame choice.
Ask the advise of your framer or designer for dissent frame choice. And consider their professional experience. BUT always spare the last decision for yourself as you will pay the bill and more important than that you will live with that frame.
As any industry, each and every year new frames, new colours, finishes and new framing fashions comes on the market. Look some new products. But never choose a frame which may overwhelm your artwork. Your guiding principle must be, when it comes for framing most of the time “less is more”.
We would like to propose you to shop in neighbourhood as always. We and other local stores like us, provide you the most valuable products with reasonable prices. No need to mention about the high costs of rent, hydro, labour etc…
Therefore, the price of a frame itself is not only a piece of wood, paper and glass.
Although, when you buy from any chain department store or brand name franchise stores cheap, imported low quality ready frames etc. mostly that’s not going to be a long lasting product for your artwork and neither will help local economy.