While the picture itself is the centerpiece, choosing a good or bad picture frame can make or break the piece. However, once you have the information, choosing the right frame and installing it correctly will be fairly straightforward.
There are also a few different ways in which you can seamlessly fix the picture into the frame. Here is some useful advice that will help you to choose the right type of structural support for your needs as well as the best-suited frame.
Deciding what type of frame best suits your needs
Some people prefer to simply buy a prefabricated frame, while other people will enjoy the challenge and project of choosing their own materials and constructing it themselves. Whichever option you choose, you will need to ensure that you have the exact measurements of the picture that you want to frame.
Prefabricated frames will easily fit into any decor as they come in all different types of material and styles. Building your own frames is a complicated process that should not be taken lightly if you are inexperienced. However, it can provide an extremely rewarding end result.
Type of structural support
You will also need to decide what type of support and structure the picture will need. The choice between a canvas or mat stretcher bar is not a decision that can be made lightly. You need to match the type of picture with the type of stretcher. The two most common materials that pictures are made form are paper and canvas. Paper pictures are normally used for photographs, prints, drawings and posters. They should be secured with mat stretchers. Canvas is usually used for pictures that have been painted using watercolours, acrylic or oil based paints. You will need to use a canvas stretcher for these pictures.
Mat stretchers are flat and will provide a smooth and solid foundation for the picture. The main reason why you shouldn't use mats for paintings is that the mat may shine through the frame once the picture has been hung. Mats are often used for archival pictures as they normally have been made from acid-free materials.
Canvas-based pictures are created on materials that are very thick and therefore will need the strength of a canvas stretcher when they are hung. This stretcher will allow the canvas to be stapled into the frame, providing additional support. This is the reason why most artists leave a bordering amount of canvas blank to allow for the stapling process. If you have any other questions about the framing process, ask a framing professional from a company like Christensen Fine Art.