Notes on Framing

How should I frame my art? 

Framing is completely unique to each client. Simple black or white or natural wood always lets the image shine, but some of my favorite works are standout because of the frame choice. Color, pattern, texture - there is no wrong way to frame the art you love. Choose what makes you feel good.

In the case of “artist’s choice”, a favorite around here is a box frame.  The added depth of this kind of frame makes a statement while not detracting from the image itself.

What about store bought frames? 

Frames come in a variety of “standard” sizes, however artwork doesn’t always.  Even if the image size listed seems standard, often a border is added to allow for framing or matting, and in this case for the artist’s signature, and does not fit into standard store-bought frames.  Sometimes a standard size mat is cut to fit the artwork, and *sizes up* that art to fit into a standard frame size.  

Floating is a beautiful option that lifts or floats artwork from the wall slightly, adding depth and interest to the piece simply by adding a bit of space.

Should I use a custom framer?

You may be comfortable framing their own artwork, or even creating a frame yourself.  If you decide to go with a professional, we recommend finding a local framer so you can see multiple samples in person.  Often framers will offer free consultations and can rely on their experience to offer lovely options you may not have considered. 

If you aren’t familiar with local framers, Avant Art offers this list of vetted framers across the globe. That may be a good place to start.

Make It Archival

Standard mat and mounting boards contain acids, which can deteriorate a work’s colors and essence over time. It's good to ask if the materials being used in the frame process are archival, especially this frame will be the artwork's forever home. Most framers offer this, ensuring that no materials or chemicals are used that could affect the longevity of your artwork. It's also a good idea to discuss the handling of your artwork for future options, should you ever want to change the frame.


Hanging oversized, large or just particularly heavy artworks will almost always require finding a stud in the wall or a brick, depending on your wall structure. If you’re unsure or just need a bit of assist, art installers are available for hire, and often make the process smoother and safer for you and your artwork, as well as the wall. This isn’t alway necessary of course, but can be a big time saver.