Picture framing is more than a piece of wood and glass to protect a picture. There are some components that are always present and need to be thought of when customizing your frame. Wood Framing Contractor
Let’s start with the material of the frame. Traditionally, frames were made of wood that would last the test of time. They were hand carved in extremely ornate and intricate patterns and, when possible, gilded with gold leaf. Throughout time, technology and mass production made other materials and styles available. The last century brought the rise of the metal frame to the industry which allowed framers and artists a new concept and style for their work moving from traditional into a more contemporary and fresh look. They are also preferred among photographers and their simple, clean line is also often seen in offices and hotel decorations. In the 1980s, plastic-like materials became a choice as well. Though much more affordable, it is not a favorite for highlighting artwork. And in lieu of modern recycling, green mindsets, I wouldn’t go for it.
Once you figure out the type of frame you are going with, let’s think of the color. Picture frames are now available in almost every color you can think off, though not all colors are available in all styles. As well, if you think a color frame will look good on your piece but are not sure, go to framing store and try them out. Color frames have the potential of really helping or really hurting your picture, there is no really an in between. Wood frames are available in more options from natural wood to having a silver or gold coat. Black or white wood frames are really popular as contemporary framing. Metal frames usually stick to metallic-like colors such as gold, silver, copper and black.
The style of the frame is open to your design ideas. There are classic shapes (Swan-shape, round, half-round, shadow box, etc.) but do not commit to any in particular and try as many as you can in your custom framing store. In general wood frames, for their nature, are available in a bigger variety of shapes and sizes than any other material.
Another thing to keep in mind is the size of the “rabbet” (the inside depth of the frame) which is used to fit the artwork, matting, and backing into the frame. The deeper the rabbet the more space between art and glass as well as the possibility of framing 3D objects.
Lastly, keep in mind the width of the frame itself. If your artwork is very big, consider the use of a wider frame as it will bear the weight of it better and take the pressure at its seams. Consider that aesthetically as well a very thin frame around a large piece will get lost, so since you are already customizing your frame make sure it’s noticeable. As well, the wider the frame, the better the weight distribution for it.
As a final thought, remember that no all frames are created equal and as such the best source is a custom framing store. Metal frames, wood frames, all types of frames are available for all budgets and your framer will help you with it. Shop online if you want to, mostly for ideas, but I wouldn’t commit to anything you see on a screen, personally. Anything you frame will become part of your daily life and the more informed your decision, the better.