How to elevate your art with framing
Frames for your pictures, be it art or photos, can be so much more than tools to display and protect your pieces. The right frame, mount and glazing transforms your already extraordinary picture to out-of-this-world special.
This post focuses on the benefits of professional framing and what makes it so very special, with top tips from the incredible team at Mimi V Artworks, Balham. One of my stockists, they have also framed a few pieces for me and blow me away every time I walk in there with their creativity and love for what they do.
There are three areas to think about when it comes to making the most of your piece - the frame, mounts and glazing.
Professional framing is always going to be more expensive than buying a cheap frame from large homeware stores. At home, I have a mix of both - professionally-framed and off-the-shelf. Whilst it isn’t always practical budget-wise, the difference for me comes down to the exceptional level of detail, quality, care and knowledge achieved with professional framing. It is truly incomparable, plus you’re supporting a small, local business.
When going to a framers, the team at Mimi V’s suggest having an idea of budget in mind beforehand so that they can try to accommodate you.
Think about the style of frame and colour you’d like. If this feels daunting, start by looking at what you already have in your home. Will your picture be displayed with a collection of other frames, or will it be on its own? Is your decor style traditional or glam or minimalist? And what about the style of the picture itself?
I personally like to use mounts on our travel photos and art that we have in our home. I like the breathing space mounts give to the piece, focusing your eye on the work.
However, colours, especially whites, can be tricky to match to the paper or colours of your piece. There are so many varieties available, some are even shiny, and being able to physically see them, hold them against your piece and discuss with a professional makes all the difference. They can suggest ideas you may never have thought of to enhance your piece. Some pieces don’t even need a mount, whilst others spring to life when a mount is added. Think about what you like and what will go with your decor. Make sure it enhances your picture, rather than becoming a distraction.
Something I never realised was how many different types of glazing options there are. The choice depends on your tastes and also the type of picture.
For vintage, antique or original, Mimi V’s recommend Conservation glass. Whilst this type of glass tends to be the most expensive, it has a 99 year guarantee of UV protection, meaning that your piece will not fade whilst hung up on the wall for 99 years. After that time it would need to be re-glazed. That’s pretty much a lifetime of protection!
Art Glass is what would be used in museums. It is the purest available and looks as if there is no glazing. It’s ideal for highly detailed pieces to really show off the work.
Non Reflect or Matt Glass is great for modern art work, especially for pictures in very light rooms as there is no reflection from it.
Standard Glass can go on everything but has no protective qualities beyond keeping out dust.
The team at Mimi V’s prefer standard glass for their prints as it suits most pieces. It is cost effective, keeping the price low so that it’s not too overwhelming when buying a print. Non Reflect works particularly well with pieces that have dark block colours and for limited editions or originals art glass is used to make it extra special.
Combining it all together
The possibilities with professional framing are endless and when it comes to enhancing and preserving your special pieces and memories for a lifetime and more, it can be invaluable.