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Custom Frames Personalize and Enhance Your Artwork by Andrew Stratton

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Custom Frames Personalize and Enhance Your Artwork

The artwork you want to display deserves custom frames to portray it correctly. With the right surroundings for your artwork, you can add your distinctive personality to the images you want to show on your walls.

Basic Guidelines

Make sure that the item you are displaying is the center of attention. Even with custom frames, the idea is to draw the eye to the art and nothing else. Make the style of the border complementary to the focal piece for best results.

For example, if the art is formal, it may be a good idea to choose a simple and elegant material to surround it that matches this style. If the art is casual, choose a simple trim. Strong or dramatic art generally needs a low-key frame to allow the piece itself to draw all of the attention. Furthermore, some items are so eye-catching and dynamic that they need no surrounding whatsoever. For these pieces, consider a floater frame to let the piece speak for itself.

You have several options when choosing custom frames, as you'll have to decide on the border itself as well as the mounting board and the type of glass (if any) that covers the picture.


As far as borders go, wood typically creates a more warm and traditional effect in your picture, while metal should be saved for bold and contemporary pieces.

Mounting Boards

The mounting board serves as the back of the picture and attaches to your item. Cardboard is not an ideal mounting board due to the acidity of this material, which may damage your item over time. Alternately, polystyrene core will maintain its shape over time, and it will not damage your art.


You also have choices in glass, depending on how you want to display your item. Some people opt to skip glass entirely; however, without glass, your piece will receive exposure to ambient humidity and temperature, which could cause damage over time. Glass often comes in a standard finish, with anti-glare glazing applied to the surface, and most types of glass used in framing include special glazing that prevents ultraviolet rays from penetrating the glass. You can also opt for a combination of anti-glare and UV-blocking glass for your piece.


The matting serves as the border around your item. Choosing mat combinations can be the most challenging part of selecting custom frames due to the extensive color options available. Mats serve a functional purpose: they prevent your item from adhering to the glass. Mats also form a border between the outer frame and the inner artwork. Matting comes in a variety of grades, which contain various materials. Some mats contain chemicals and coatings to reduce their acidity levels. Some mats are made of naturally acid-free materials, such as cotton. Choosing these mats can help preserve your picture for generations.

You will need to decide how many mats you want to layer inside the picture. A single mat is acceptable for a picture, but some people might choose up to three mats or even no matting whatsoever. The colors of matting should enhance the item you are surrounding, so pull colors from the piece and use them in the matting.

Although choosing custom frames can be challenging, the finished design on your wall promises to be worth the effort.

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