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Picture Framing Tips From Expert Framers

The art of picture framing requires a little know-how, but it’s a hobby that offers very satisfying results. A frame is an important visual component of a photograph or piece of artwork; it has a big impact on how the image is perceived. Frames can make a picture seem bigger or smaller, they can draw the eye to certain details, and they can add a stylistic element. The following are a few tips from expert framers.

Choosing The Frame

Most frames are made of either metal or wood, and both have their advantages. Metal is a very durable material, so it will last a long time, and it’s great for contemporary interiors. Wood is more versatile because it can be stained or painted, and it can also be carved into ornate patterns. Choose wood for a more traditional look, but find a color that will complement the painting.

Choosing The Mount

The mount is a solid border around the picture, and it creates some space so that the edges of the picture are visible. The most popular color for mounts is white, but experts advise choosing a color that is lighter than the painting but darker than the wall. Mounts come in many colors and can even be used in sets of two or three. The most important thing to remember when choosing a mount, however, is that it should not compete with the picture for attention.

Choosing The Glazing

The glazing is the glass that covers the picture though acrylic is actually used much more commonly. Acrylic has several advantages over glass: it doesn’t break easily, it can reduce glare, and it can protect a painting from UV light. Not all glazing does all those things, but they are options to consider based on the value of the art and the location where it will hang.

When assembling the frame, lay a towel or sheet on the table to protect the surface from the frame’s sharp edges. Although it may seem awkward at first, it will become easier with practice. Being able to select and put together the components of a frame opens up a world of possibilities for people who enjoy displaying artwork on their walls.