Framing Your Fine Art Print
Wondering how to frame your new art print? What color frame to use? To mat or not to mat? Where should you even purchase a frame? Let's get some of those questions answered!
((And if you'd rather watch a video answering all your questions, just scroll to the bottom of this post.))
READY MADE FRAMES:
All of my prints are 5"x7", 8"x10", 11"x14" or 16"x20". These are standard print sizes, which means that you do not need to have these custom framed (unless, of course, that's your thing).
So, where can you buy a frame for my prints? Honestly, anywhere that sells frames! These are some of our go-to stores:
- Ikea: Check out their HOVSTA frames, here
- Target: Several customers have used these
- Michaels: Huge selection of frames such as these
- West Elm: These are beautiful.
HOT TIP: If you find a frame that you love, but the mat is not cut to the size you need for your print, you can have a mat cut inexpensively at most large craft stores or a frame shop.
Question: But what color frame should I get?
Answer: My answer is always the same: What color works best in YOUR space? For my state prints, I usually recommend a black, white or a natural wood frame. I have also had multiple folks use a silver or gold frame, which looks absolutely beautiful.
Question: Should I add a mat?
Answer: This is your preference as they'll look great either way. I've had many customers mat a state print with a color found in the artwork itself -- it looks absolutely lovely and is a great way to add a bit of your decorating personality to your space. Adding a mat can also make your finished product appear larger for a larger space.
Question: What size print should I get?
Answer: How much wall space do you want to cover? Smaller area: get the 5"x7". Medium to large area: get the 8"x10" or 11"x14". If you're wanting to cover a really large space, then I recommend the 11" x 14" print with a 3-4" mat and a 1-2" frame. This will make the art look much larger and achieve the effect you're going for.
Question: Where did you find the frames in your pictures?
Answer: The birch frames are modeled after an Ikea frame (HOVSTA). The hanging frames are handmade by my husband and me, back in the day when we had time for that sort of thing!
Question: Can you just frame my print for me?
Answer: Not yet -- but one day. Being able to sell items framed is much more than just finding a manufacturer. It's also shipping and packaging + storage space (something we have very little of!).
Still have questions? Send us an email at email@example.com -- we're happy to help!