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How to pick the right frame and preserve your artwork for years to come?


#1 Mat 

  • Keep the mat as neutral as possible, avoiding bright white or colored mats. 

  • We do not recommend to use too many layers of mats, a classy simple framing is best.

  • Try to use acid-free mats even though the other mats are cheaper. The former will fade and leak into the artwork, causing light brown marks.

  • You can cut the mat either equal from all sides or get it a little wider at the bottom, it will look better. 

  • Don’t economize on mat width. It serves two purposes: keeps the artwork from touching the glass and creates a visual space between the artwork and frame.

#2 Frame

Try to find the frame which best complements the artwork. Here are several points to consider:

  • Remember, the rule of thumb is that “if the frame fits the work, the frame becomes invisible”. Therefore, the most common mistake is a “too loud” frame. 
  • Style conformity: try to match a painting with a frame that’s from the same period
  • Size conformity: choose a frame that complements the size of the piece after it’s matted (not before)
  • Focus on fitting the frame to the work, not interior. Meaning forget about the color of your sofa.
  • When choosing a frame, pay attention to the depth of the frame itself. It should be deep enough to hold the painting with mat and glazing.
  • Over-framing. If you hesitate about frame-to-painting proportions, you can always check it with the “one-third method”. So, your frame shouldn’t take up more than one third of the surface area of your painting.

#3 Glass or plastic

  • Glass or plastic must not touch the painting, it must be raised-off by a mat. Otherwise, any condensation inside the glass would be absorbed directly into the art, having no room to evaporate. 

  • When choosing between glass and plastic, try to use UV glass to protect the painting from fading.