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When it comes to choosing artwork for the home, 62% of homeowners prefer photography pieces. To make those photography pieces stand out, they need proper setting. This means selecting the right matboard color and frame to showcase the artwork. 

Follow this guide and make your home's artwork stand out. 

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Originally known as salon walls, gallery walls are defined as a collection of curated items (photographs, art and personal objects) hanging in a grouping. 

Creating a gallery wall layout can also be a source of anxiety. There is a lot to consider when you are designing a gallery and one poor design choice can ruin everything.

Thankfully, grid gallery walls make the process easier. Grid gallery walls work off of a grid with an equal distance between each frame. 

By following these tips, you can create a grid gallery wall that you will be happy with for a long time. 

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Did you know that interior design can have a beneficial effect on your mood? After all, most of us love to decorate our own space.

One of the most common ways to do so is by setting up posters. However, it can be difficult to choose the right size poster frame. There are many different poster sizes to choose from, and using the wrong poster frames is something you will want to avoid.

We've put together a brief guide that details everything you need to know. Let's get started.

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Have you ever been in the following scenario?

You have the perfect photo of you and your dormmates or your favorite piece of art. And then you stick whichever frame you can find on it. 

And it completely ruins the photo.

Thankfully, you can avoid this situation if you follow a few simple tips for choosing the right frame material. And with all the different styles available, you'll be sure to find one that fits the unique personality and feel of each.

Ready to pick the perfect picture frame material to complement all your photos? Keep reading for everything you need to know!

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Wooden frames in different sizes

Did you know that photography was invented as early as 1826? Since then, people have loved taking pictures and keeping pictures in their homes to remind themselves of certain memories and people. However, if you want your photos to look truly stylish when sitting around your house, you'll have to choose some wood picture frames. 

Many people don't think that picking out a picture frame is all that important, but it can actually change the look and feel of your home's interior design. So, what kind of wood frames should you be looking for and how should you choose? Keep reading and learn more about choosing the best picture frames. 

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Did you know in Renaissance Italy, the frame around the paintings was a work of art? They featured elaborate carvings and were commissioned for specific reasons.

These days, framing is more about protecting valuable art, keepsakes, or memorabilia. Sure, there's plenty of room to express yourself creatively, but a frame should enhance the art, not overpower it.

Things hung on the wall without good (or any) frames can make the space look unpolished and untidy. A well-made frame elevates your space, but it can be expensive, especially if you need a custom-sized one.

Enter DIY picture framing. You can save money without sacrificing style by learning how to make your own frames. Keep reading to learn how.

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Over four million college students are to graduate during the 2020-2021 school year. This holiday season is a perfect time to consider the best way to frame a college diploma

A professionally framed diploma makes a valuable gift for yourself. as a college student. You may also want to gift one to the graduate in your life. You will value your framed diploma for many years to come. 

Continue reading to learn how to frame a college diploma!

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Picture frames are a great way to show off your favorite memories and photos, but hanging them on the wall can be a hassle if you'll need to hammer in some nails on the wall. Hanging picture frames and other framed artwork with nails will leave permanent holes on your wall unless you have them patched and filled.

Luckily, there are some alternative ways to hang picture frames on your wall without the need for you to create unsightly holes on your wall. In this blog post, we are going to discuss some easy picture hanging techniques you can use if you want to skip out on using nails.

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Metal prints and canvas prints are both print options that many people consider when they want to decorate their homes or offices. They both have their own pros and cons that one should consider before deciding which print to invest in.

Metal prints or metal photos, as they are also known, have gained a lot of traction in recent years among people who want high-quality artwork but still do not wish to spend too much money on it.

Canvas is also a classic choice when it comes to printing and creating artwork. In this article, we are going to compare the two printing mediums and help you decide which one is best for your needs.

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Framing is a great way to show off your favorite photos or artwork. They last for a very long time and look very nice hanging up. However, picture frames are fragile items that need to be stored properly in order to avoid damaging your precious photos or artworks.

Because of the fragile nature of picture frames, you need to know how to store them properly to make them last a lifetime. In this article, we'll be discussing how you can properly clean, cover, and store your picture frames to maintain their condition.

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In 2021, 51% of art dealers surveyed reported an increase in sales. With all this art being sold, isn't it crucial that it's framed and displayed beautifully?

One mistake people make when hanging photos and fine art is choosing the wrong frame. You don't want your family photos or new artwork to be done an injustice by a frame that's the wrong size. Art is an essential part of our culture and homes, and we should treat it with respect.

Continue reading The Frame Room's blog post on the most common, popular, and standard picture and framing sizes!

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How to Find Free Art

11/21/2018 8:34 PM

How to Find Free Art
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The best things in life are free! Today we are going to share some secrets just in time for the holidaysDid you know there are thousands of free high-resolution images available for download? With thousands of stock photos and images online there is sure to be something to pique your interest. The Frame Room can print any digital image in-house and frame them for one-stop gift-giving. Consider printing on a host of interesting papers such as metallic or pearl. Better yet, add more pop with a printed canvas! 

Some think adding art to our home or office is expensive or simply daunting and are clueless where to start. Gifting art to someone else can feel even more terrifying, but it doesn’t have to. I’m here to ease those worries! Here are some great ideas to get those creative juices flowing and stay on a budget. 

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Sprucing Up the Office and Retail Space
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It’s all back to business now that summer is drawing to a close and schools are back in session. Are your office walls looking a bit bland or sparse? Maybe the same picture has been hanging on the wall for 13 years and you’re a little tired of looking at it. This indeed calls for an office makeover. Here are a few ideas to get that dreary office from funky to fabulous. 

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Choosing the correct picture framing matting can be a daunting task. Not only do you want to pick out the right color, what are the different kinds, and what is acid free any? Read this to find out!
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A first, but often confusing step in custom framing is mounting, commonly called dry-mounting, your poster, print, or other artwork. Learn about dry-mounting materials and process here.


How to Choose Custom Framing Mounting

 

At The Frame Room, our core philosophy is to educate and inform our customers during the picture framing decision process and empower them to make the best decision for their personal needs. For many of our customers, they are picking out framing and/or matting for a highly personal, sentimental, and valuable object. To some, they are simply framing a poster, print, sports jersey, or diploma to protect it from the elements and ravages of time. This article will help to outline the differences of the kinds of mounting we carry and shed light on their recommended uses to ensure the best job for your framing dollar.

 

I’d like to begin by providing a little background on mounting or dry-mounting as it is commonly called? We utilize a vacuum press to dry-mount your poster, art print or other artwork to a rigid board ready for framing. This is one of the biggest differences between do-it-yourself (DIY) framing and professional framing. You've seen it, a picture in a frame that seems to be buckling, bubbling, or falling down in the frame. That won't happen to your frame piece with our technique. Furthermore, no matter how hard you you press and how evenly you think you apply pressure with spray mounting adhesives, it will bubble and it will look bad over time. Moisture and humidity are almost as relentless as gravity; the other thing dry-mounting your artwork or poster fights and wins!

 

We offer the following mounting substrates with their description and uses:

 

  • Our standard dry-mounting. This pH neutral, but not acid free board, is great for everyday framing applications. It is available in 1/8" and 3/16" thickness.
  • Artcare Restore© reversible mounting board. This is an acid free and reversible mounting board great for valuable posters, art work, and photography. If you think you may ever sell a valuable piece or wish to reverse the mounting process, this is your board.
  • Acid free foam core with reversible, acid free, archival mounting tissue. Similar to Artcare Restore© but the board isn't coated with the adhesive, instead we use an acid free mounting tissue. A more old school solution to this problem, but still use full.
  • Black foam core mounting board. This is important...use on newspapers or two-sided documents you do not want the reverse side showing through. White foam core will allow this to happen. This black foam core is acid free and will reduce the degradation of your artwork.
  • Linen backing of posters with the acid free mounting tissue. This is a conservation technique to basically reinforce an old, brittle, or valuable document. It is widely accepted among collector of valuable vintage posters and movie posters. The more modern day acid free mounting tissue replaces the more traditional rice paper. This process was messy and frankly, i do not miss it.
  • Hanging on acid free foam core using acid free linen tape. This technique is for posters, art prints, or artwork you just don't want to mount or for diplomas with embossed seals or again, you just don't want to mount.
  • We also use hot glue and stitching methods for mounting of objects (i.e. masks) and fabric or cross stitching/needlework. Typically it is mounted on acid free board or acid free matboard.

 

We hope you have found this article informative. This article is part of a 6 part series intended to introduce you to all the components and levels of framing. The series includes:

 

  1. Picture Frame Matting. How do I Choose?
  2. Wood or Metal Frames. How to Choose a Frame.
  3. How to Choose the Correct Picture Frame Glazing.
  4. How to Choose Custom Frame Mounting.
  5. What Exactly Does Conservation Framing Mean?
  6. What the Heck is a Shadowbox Frame Anyway?

 

We look forward to being there to serve all of your custom picture framing needs.

 

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Different artwork, posters, diplomas, or other framed items require different glazing, aka glass. This article will help answer the questions about clarity, UV ratings, and best glazing uses for you.Read More
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It's time to frame your piece, and someone say are you going to do it up to conservation standards? Conservation framing? This article will take the mystery out to help you make your choices.


At The Frame Room, our core philosophy is to educate and inform our customers during the picture framing decision process and empower them to make the best decision for their personal needs. For many of our customers, they are picking out framing and/or matting for a highly personal, sentimental, and valuable object. To some, they are simply framing a poster, print, sports jersey, or diploma to protect it from the elements and ravages of time. This article will sum up and answer the question; what exactly does conservation framing mean?

 

Throughout this series of articles you've been introduced to the numerous matting, frame, glazing, and mounting options available for your custom picture frame project. In very simple terms, conservation framing is:

 

Conservation framing is the use of techniques and materials in the framing process to protect, minimize, or stop the degrading effects of the environmental influences, i.e. sunlight, heat, humidity, and gravity, that constantly attack your framed piece. There are different levels of conservation framing, ranging from a minimum of using uv glazings and acid free mounting boards to a more through use of higher end uv or museum grade glazing, pure cotton rag mats, acid free mounting boards and the use of encapsulation. Encapsulation is a technique whereby using tape we literally seal the inside of the frame from any air actually touching your piece. Air is the enemy, as is light. We need light, but we can stop the uv. We don't need air inside your frame.

 

That is pretty much, without the use of extreme technical jargon, what it means when during the picture framing process we refer to Conservation Framing.

 

We hope you have found this article informative. This article is part of a 6 part series to introduce you to all the components and levels of framing. The series includes:

 

1. Picture Frame Matting. How do I Choose?
2. Wood or Metal Frames. How to Choose a Frame.
3. How to Choose the Correct Picture Frame Glazing.
4. How to Choose Custom Frame Mounting.

5. What exactly is Conservation Framing?
6. What the Heck is a Shadowbox Frame Anyway?

 

 

We look forward to being there to serve all your custom picture framing needs.

Comments | Posted in Learn Picture Framing By Kory

It's time to get your poster, art print, sport memorabilia or other piece framed and you are wondering, wood or metal frame? This article will help guide you to the best frame for you.


At The Frame Room, our core philosophy is to educate and inform our customers during the picture framing decision process and empower them to make the best decision for their personal needs. For many of our customers, they are picking out framing and/or matting for a highly personal, sentimental, and valuable object. To some, they are simply framing a poster, print, sports jersey, or diploma to protect it from the elements and ravages of time. This article will help to outline the differences of the kinds of frames we carry and shed light on their recommended uses to ensure the best job for your framing dollar.

 

We carry hundreds of wood and metal frames. So how do you choose?

 

First of all, there are few rules, but the most important consideration is size and weight. You really shouldn’t choose a thin wood or metal frame for pieces over approximately 11" x 14" inches. Our professional designers will help you pick out a frame that can support the weight of your finished piece while proportionally matching the framed work.

 

With that stated, we normally ask, do you prefer wood or metal? Queue, "I don't know." Let's cover some basic differences.

 

  • Weight - Metal is typically lighter, but this is marginal.
  • Strength - While metal is stronger, the difference isn't really a factor in the decision.
  • Finishes - Wood offers a much greater variety of finishes from gold leaf, antique, weathered, ornamental, and many more. Metals are typically anodized colors or brushed Florentine matte finishes but have added some more ornate styles as the production methods have improved. Wood frames have a great advantage in this field and is a primary reason they are by far the more popular framing material.
  • Price - Until about 3 years ago metal was typically 20-30% cheaper. Metal frames were a great cheap frame option. Then the price of the commodity aluminum, the material used to product metal frames, went up and seemingly overnight the price playing field was leveled. Now, through the proliferated use of sustainable forestry and production practices wood frames are the best option based on price. All our wood frames are from sustainable forests in line with our corporate belief in conservation and stewardship of our environment.

 

This can serve the criteria to begin your decision, but at the end of the day you'll choose the best frame to your picture based on finish, color match, artwork composition match, and size proportionality. Our frame design professionals will be there every step of the way to help in your decision.

 

We hope you have found this article informative. This article is part of a 6 part series intended to introduce you to all the components and levels of framing. The series includes:

 

  1. Picture Frame Matting. How do I Choose?
  2. Wood or Metal Frames. How to Choose a Frame.
  3. How to Choose the Correct Picture Frame Glazing.
  4. How to Choose Custom Frame Mounting.
  5. What Exactly Does Conservation Framing Mean?
  6. What the Heck is a Shadowbox Frame Anyway?

 

We look forward to being there to serve all your custom picture framing needs for years to come

Comments | Posted in Learn Picture Framing By Kory

At The Frame Room, our core philosophy is to educate and inform our customers during the picture framing decision process and empower them to make the best decision for their personal needs. For many of our customers, they are picking out framing and/or matting for a highly personal, sentimental, and valuable object.

To some, they are simply framing a poster, print, sports jersey, or even framing a diploma to protect it from the elements and ravages of time. This article will help to outline the basics of shadowboxing in order to beautifully display and preserve your dimensional objects.

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