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Selecting a frame

We hold IN STOCK more than 130 mouldings and over 50 different mount colours.

When considering framing the first thought is "should the work be mounted?" – Probably not if it is an oil, but almost certainly if it is a water colour. Remember, a mount will make the finished article much bigger (narrow mounts tend to look skimpy), so, if there is only a small space on the wall will the finished article look right? (& vice-versa).

Next, we try to make the frame/mount compliment the work (after all you want to look a the picture). So if the work is a delicate water colour then you will probably want to reflect this in the frame/mount appearance by using paler mount colours and a more delicate moulding. There are always exceptions of course.

We also have to make sure that the frame is actually strong enough to hold the picture, glass etc.

Whilst we are in favour of the framers’ version of Occam’s razor (the simplest combination of frame/mount is probably the best), one can achieve very good results using a number of different mount colours or shapes, multiple openings etc.