It is important to ask questions at the frame shop. Be a well-informed consumer by making inquiries about the materials being used. The more you know, the better your decisions about framing your art and memorabelia will be. Below are some simple suggestions for framing.

  1. Narrow mats create a busy target. Don’t be afraid of large mat borders.
  2. Don’t try to match room colors exactly.
  3. The framing should not overpower the art.
  4. Hang pictures at eye level.
  5. Mix frames of different colors and styles in a room.
  6. Reframe pictures and reuse frames: perhaps a new mat color is all you need to coordinate your old artwork with your new decor your picture framer has hundreds to choose from.
  7. Use plexiglas on art that will hang in children’s rooms or play areas.  It does not shatter like glass and the edges of broken pieces are not as sharp.
  8. If color is critical, bring samples of fabric and paint into the picture framer.
  9. Look at room decor in magazines and on television to help figure out what you like.