A complete guide to framing art

A complete guide to framing art 

Whether you are a seasoned collector or just have one or two pieces in your home, you will know that framing art, and framing it right, can add a stunning new dimension. Everything from the type, size, and colour of the frame to the way it’s mounted can change the look and feel of a piece entirely, thus altering the mood of the room in which it is hung. If you’ve just ordered your next piece of original art from our hand-picked gallery, here is our complete guide to framing it to ensure that you showcase it perfectly.

Choosing your frame

The frame you choose is incredibly important, and it can alter the mood of the picture entirely. Choosing a contemporary frame in a matt, block colour can add drama to a piece. Going for an elegant, thin frame in metallic gold or silver gives a much more delicate look. There are many fantastic frames available to buy online in standard sizes. If your original art is in an unusual size, you can also get a custom frame made to fit its dimensions exactly. 

Large wall gallery framed art


Beyond simply framing your piece of original art, matting can provide an additional border. The matting is a piece of board which acts as a ‘window’ to display your artwork. The mat board can be cut to any thickness, and can be any colour. This is particularly useful for highlighting a certain tone in a piece of artwork, helping it to suit the room where it is going to be placed. 

If you want to add matting to your new piece of contemporary art, you will need:

  • Mat board in your chosen colour
  • A box cutter or similar blade
  • A ruler
  • A protective cutting surface or mat
  • A pencil
  • A specialist mat cutter
  • Your chosen frame 

First, cut your mat board so that it is the same size as the frame you want to use. Most shop bought frames come with a backing – use this as a template to help you cut the correct dimensions.

You then must measure the window or opening that your artwork will show through. How big or small this window should be depends on the look you are wanting to achieve. Be careful, this requires a steady hand and good use of a ruler! 

Once you have marked, in pencil, the lines where you want to cut, use the mat cutter to carefully cut the mat board. After cutting four straight lines, push the rest of the mat board through to create a gap. 

Place the newly cut mat board on top of your art, print or fine art photograph and secure in place using your frame. 

framed canvas art

Trusted framing experts

Of course, if a piece is particularly valuable or if you simply would rather leave the framing process down to the experts, there are a number of reputable framing businesses that can help you to make your new piece of art look stunning, and perfect for its environment. If you have any to recommend – please let us know!

Have you followed our tips and framed your own artwork recently? Do you have any advice of your own, or have you used a framing company that you would like to recommend to our community? We’re always happy to hear from our customers – let us know your experience with framing in the comments below.

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