An Extensive Range of Moulding, Mat and Glazing Options
Finer Frames has many, many moulding samples to choose from. They are conveniently divided into style groups and colours to allow for easier choice. Many mouldings are offered in several widths and depths and colour variations, some mouldings only have one size and colour.
Size, colour, texture, and style all work together to enhance your artwork. The right mat and moulding mean the entire package becomes a work of art. Overall feel and style of your artwork often prescribes the type of moulding. Framing a geometric abstract in a gold Victorian moulding might confuse the eye. A metallic aluminium moulding may not be suited to a traditional portrait. That said, anything is possible!
A frame should not overpower the artwork by drawing too much attention to itself. This does not mean the moulding should always be small, or simple, or that the mat should only be a small border in some neutral tone. The scale of the frame can be matched to the visual strength and the scale of the art. Size isn’t the only measure of an image’s strength. If you had a piece with immense historical value or visual strength, a strong frame may be needed to reflect its gravitas. A huge pop art poster may call for a very simple frame style.
Many people successfully frame purely on interior design choices. Matching the moulding and mat to the furniture at the expense of what looks good with the artwork may not work long term. Tastes and styles change and the picture may not stay in that room or even that house. Often people discard artworks they once loved because the frame no longer matches the furniture or the colour of the decor. Think about reframing if the decor changes, rather than discarding something you really love.
Mats come in all colours, textures and thicknesses. Using our CMC cutter we can cut accurately cut elaborate outlines and corner patterns, multi holes and deboss patterns into the mat. There are infinite variations, Have fun and explore the options.
Here are some guidelines and ideas that will help you with understanding what mats may be suggested for your artwork.
We often suggest a mat for both aesthetic and practical reasons. Placing the frame directly onto the edge of the art only works in certain circumstances. The artwork often looks closed in and cramped and the frame is king. The mat also provides a point of enhancement using colour and texture and proportion. Neutral mats are adequate in some instances, but mats come in a tremendous array of colours and textures, all of which will help the artwork to fit into its surroundings.
Multiple mats add more depth for a three-dimensional look. Wider mats create space between the artwork and frame, keeping the frame from overpowering the art. Textured mats can make a more dramatic or subtle transition between the artwork and frame. Sometimes patterns in the artwork can be mirrored in the frame or mat design to great effect.
Colour selection is very important because it provides the visual space in which your artwork will be displayed. The mat colour can enhance details or complement the background colours.
To enhance the focal point of the art, a colour that coordinates with the background can be a good rule of thumb. Alternatively, picking a hue within the artwork itself can shift or trick the eye to focus on a particular green of a path or highlight of the landscape.
"What type of picture framing glass should I use?"
If you haven't framed before or its been a while, you will have a wide choice of glazing options. Here is a handy list.
- 2mm plain glass: Standard picture framing 2mm clear float glass. It is relatively inexpensive, and will protect your artwork from dust and physical damage. It provides very little protection from damaging ultraviolet light, and it is highly reflective.
- Non-reflective glass: This glass has a frosted look. The non-reflective coating or etched surface minimises glare but does not protect against UV damage. The further that it is placed away from your artwork, the fuzzier your artwork appears. If you are wanting a deep frame this may not be the right choice unless you specifically want the foggy look.
- Conservation Clear: Looks very similar to plain glass but offers 99% UV protection. If you’ve got have artwork heirloom or photo you want to protect long term, the choice of Conservation Clear glass is a good decision.
- Museum Glass: It is really a given that all artwork needs protection against UV light which causes irreparable damage. Museum glass gives 99% UV protection and has an anti-glare quality that makes the glass surface almost invisible.
- Ultra Vue or Tru Vue glass: Has the ultra clear and anti reflective qualities of Museum glass and filters 70% of UV rays
- Acrylic: Acrylic, or ‘Perspex’ as it’s more commonly known, is a lighter-weight alternative to standard glass, especially if you are framing a very large piece. A square metre of 2mm glass weighs 5kgs. It’s a shatter-proof option for public art display. Museum quality acrylic is scratch resistant and antistatic and a metre square weighs just 1.9kgs