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When thinking about how to frame something, keep in mind, your art piece will always look it's best if it is framed for the art and not for the room it will be going in. The decor of the room may change over time or you may decide to move the piece of art one day.
Detailed or busy art pieces are best displayed in simple frames.
Simple or not so busy art pieces are enhanced through more ornate frames. Mirrors can handle very detailed and extravagant frames.
Hang your artwork so the center of the piece is at the eye-level of the "average" person in the room. If you are hanging the art in a room where more time is spent seated than standing, "eye-level" should be lower.
Care should be taken to hang your art piece in an area where it will not become damaged by heat, ultraviolet (UV) light rays or humidity. Try not to hang your framed artwork or photographs in direct sunlight.
Choose subdued lighting effects that will not reflect into the glass, especially when you are not using non-reflective glass.
The width of the mat border should never match the width of the frame. This tends to draw the eye away from the art they surround. Large mats lend more importance and drama to the art piece.
Rectangular matting has the widest margin at the base. The margins of the sides and top are of equal width.
Vertical matting, generally, uses the same art principals (mat margins) as the rectangular matting. Many liberties can be taken in varying the margins, just to have fun with the design.
Good design based on commonly accepted framing principles is one of the many reasons to come to Chrisman Picture Frame for your custom framing..