Frame Shop Essentials: Key Considerations for Custom Framing

The frame is the first and most obvious choice you’ll need to make. Frames can be an art form in themselves, available in a variety of materials such as wood, metal, and plastic. Each material offers different aesthetic and functional benefits:

  • Wood Frames: Available in both ornate and simple designs, wood frames can n add a classic or rustic touch to your artwork.
  • Metal Frames: These come in various hues and can provide a modern, sleek look.
  • Plastic Frames: Often the most budget-friendly, plastic frames come in a wide range of colors and styles.

The cost of a frame can vary significantly based on its material and design. According to the Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA), custom framing can range from $50 to $500 or more, depending on the complexity and materials used. Make sure to choose a frame that not only fits your budget but also complements your artwork.

Matting: Adding Depth and Dimension

Matting is like a frame within a frame, providing an additional layer that enhances the presentation of your artwork. Here are some matting options to consider:

  • Single Matting: A simple off-white mat is often used to avoid distracting from the artwork.
  • Double or Triple Matting: This allows you to incorporate colors from the artwork itself, adding depth and complexity.

Matting can also be beveled, meaning it has an angled edge that adds a sense of depth. The choice of matting can significantly impact the overall look of your framed piece. According to a study by the Fine Art Trade Guild, matting can increase the perceived value of artwork by up to