It can be a shame when beautiful works of art are not accompanied by gorgeous picture frames. When you combine them properly, the end result of this union can be truly breath-taking when placed in the right position in your home. A well thought out frame can be a great addition to any living space, which, in turn, enhances the overall look of any interior design. However, when chosen wrongly, a poor picture frame can distract the viewer from the artwork and from time to time, it can look unprofessional and out of place.
Whilst it is important to consider the decor of your room while figuring out what picture frame to use, don't forget the importance of how the frame should enhance the key components in the picture whilst providing that finishing touch. Although it is an easy mistake to make, try not to match the frame with the room decor at the expense of a frame that complements the picture... believe us, it's a bad idea.
So, what are the methods that we use when constructing a picture frame? Have a look at the interesting points below so you can make more of an informed choice:
Put simply, the reason why we use mounts is to separate the frame from the picture. This helps to provide extra protection to the picture and also prevents condensation and dust from building up. Mounting also prevents the frame from rubbing against the piece of art, if you allow this to happen, you can expect the image to deteriorate over time.
There are several different mounts that you can find nowadays and each one provides a different level of protection. Wet mounts and dry mounts are commonly used to prevent the image from cockling or bubbling at the surface. These mounts are commonly used when framing photographs or posters. One thing to bear in mind, however, is that both dry mounting and wet mounting are irreversible processes and you should try to avoid this method if you are looking to frame pieces that are valuable as this can significantly lower the price if you were ever looking to sell the artwork.
Museum mounting (also called hinging) is the highest form of protection. The art is attached to the board with Japanese paper hinges and hangs freely. The reason why most museums select this method of mounting is because it allows the art piece to contract and expand with the change in humidity. Along with the general gap between the art and the frame, hinging also consists of lignin-free cotton fibre and has a non-acid surface which makes it perfect for preserving pieces of art that are of high value.
Well thought out window openings, fabric mats or fillets can be a fantastic way to significantly enhance and give a whole different perspective to your chosen art piece. Try to determine what will suit your picture because framing aspects like this can help to make your picture stand out to your friends and family who will be viewing it in your home.
Choosing a frame that compliments the picture is important because it not only helps protect the image but also enhances the presentation and gives the piece a finishing look. Along with this, it isn't just the frame that comes in a variety of different finishes and styles, but also you have a choice between the various glazes, stains and finishes.
Mounting quite simply is the material that is placed around a picture within the frame. You can use any selection of colours and generally manufactured from a paper based material. The purpose of this mounting is to visually enchance the artwork whilst also providing a barrier which protects the artwork from any condensation that can get in between the artwork and the glazing. You'll often find that it increases the overall size of the finished piece which enables the artwork to make more of an impact within its surroundings.
The acrylic material or glass that covers and protects the front of the artwork is often referred to as glazing. There is a huge choice to choose such as regular clear glass, non-glare (acid etched), conservation glass (filters UV light) and anti-reflective (chemically coated). You can even use acrylic-based products that are UV filtered and non-glare. While acrylic weighs less and is often considered as safer, a non-abrasive cleaner and a soft cloth is the best method for cleaning. Glass is not available to order online for delivery via courier due to the increased risk of breakage.
You'll want to frame whatever you buy. Any good framers will be able to show you a vast range of different solutions and advise on what might be the most suitable given the work and its proposed location.
You can contact EasyFrame on 01234 856 501 and / or sales@EasyFrame.co.uk and they'll always chat even if you don't want to buy!
Article Posted: 08/04/2020 07:47:15