When you’ve created or received a painting that bears personal meaning, sparks interest or brings joy, it’s worth framing and displaying beautifully in your home. And whether you’re a professional artist, an avid hobbyist, a true collector or simply someone who purchased or was gifted a special piece, framing your painting can be quite a pleasure.
Custom framing is often the best option for paintings displayed at home, as artists tend to work in sizes that are not standard. In this case, off-the-shelf products from big box stores that don’t cater to specific size specifications won’t support your needs. If you’re displaying a painting on paper, framing is a must. And even when it comes to stretched or deep canvases that don’t necessarily require a frame, opting for one can give the piece a more finished and elevated look.
To help you understand the elements involved in selecting the best framing treatment to elevate and preserve your painting, here are some valuable tips and insights from our framing experts.
Tying Purpose to Setting
With any framing project, we always recommend focusing on three essential factors: purpose, style and budget. In this case, purpose will correlate directly to the area of your home in which the painting will be displayed. Why does this matter? Well, environment and aesthetic play an important role in choosing a framing treatment that will tie everything together.
Consider, for example, how differently you’d expect a painting to appear in a formal dining room versus a child’s bedroom. Or how a framing treatment might vary between an office or library and a personal yoga or exercise studio. Each type of room exudes a unique feel and purpose, so recognizing those distinctions is one of the first steps to effectively framing a painting in your home.
Addressing Cost & Value
Budgets are important, as are the real and perceived value of the painting you’re intending to display in your home. Therefore, it’s helpful to think about how these factors will impact your selection of frame and materials.