Picture Framing Decisions
Even when you have arrived at your home or office with the framed item in hand, there are still decisions to be made: How far above the furniture? Where in relation to other framed objects? Where best for the viewer? Room lighting? Direct sunlight? These considerations will influence the outcome of your project. Can the department store clerk answer these questions for you?
The environment in which the framed item will be displayed must be a factor. Will it be placed in a temperature-controlled area, or will it be on a patio or other similar area? What are the colors of the surroundings? The walls? The furniture? An experienced framer is usually better equipped to offer help and guidance.
Picture Frame Selection
Frames should enhance the objects within, not hide them. The subtle nuances that lie within a picture can be easily overwhelmed by an inappropriate choice of frames, and the vision of the artist who painted it would be lost to most if not all future onlookers. The right choice of a frame will prevent the item from being hidden and moreover will showcase the artwork that can be shared and enjoyed for years to come.
Picture Frame Glass
The correct choice of glass can make all the difference in the world to the preservation of a framed object. Conservation glass shields 97% of harmful ultraviolet rays, which is the chief cause of fading. Non-glare glass is a good choice when reflections from light sources behind the viewer make the experience difficult. One drawback, reflections aside, is that the artwork can appear muted. Museum glass is the ultimate choice because it shields the subject matter from almost all harmful UV light, and it will provide the viewer with a truly “high-definition” experience.
Color is usually the first thing considered when a new home or office space is decorated. We tend to color our homes and offices to reflect our personalities and styles. And, the same thing applies when we are selecting a frame. So, we choose the most appealing and complimentary frame and move on. In our minds, we have connected the item’s surroundings with the frame.
Now we add the picture itself to the equation. It can become a tad overwhelming when viewing the vast array of colors available to us, but the smart thing to do is to pick a few colors that stand out in the picture and work with those. Then, with that selection process simplified, we can complement the picture with our choice of frames.
But wait! This picture requires a mat. And, mats also come in a variety of materials and colors. Matting is used to guard and enhance the artwork. The mat-board is located along the borders of the picture and under the glass. Here too, it becomes a balancing act. Okay, type of material: check! Color: check! Now what? How about the dimensions of the mat surrounding the picture? Although this will have an impact on the cost of the project, due to its effect on frame and mat size, if the final product is going to be visually appealing, it needs to be done correctly. And to whom can you turn for straight answers?
When all is said and done, your most important decision will involve the selection of the frame shop and the framer. Carefully choose someone who can guide you through the process: a consultant as well as a framer. The experienced framer will help you realize the vision you have for the item you hold in your hands.
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