A deeper study into hanging and arranging framed art
A recent help guide by Affordable Art Fair in the UK helped spur us to make another post on arranging, framing and hanging your art. Of course, we’ve made several posts on hanging picture frames, but any additional resource is always appreciated when we speak with artists and gallery owners.
When should you frame your art?
Even though we sell picture frames at low prices here at Frame USA, we’ll be the first to admit that not every piece of wall art calls for a frame. In fact, many contemporary pieces are meant to display alone. These can always be spiced up with a Floater frame, but this does not make their existance 100% necessary.
Some times to consider a frame would be any time you do not have a canvas. Your display options are both more limited and wide open when using paper of some sort. Some artist will simply mat their artwork, others will simply buy a frame in the correct size for their piece. Custom framing is another option, but the concept remains the same — don’t let the framing overpower the artwork. As another precaution, don’t frame a piece of art for the sole purpose of matching a room. Art can be arranged in any which way, whereas a room can undergo many changes over time.
What’s the right height for hanging frames?
Ideally, you’ll want to aim for the average eye-level to get the best reaction. Art is meant to be viewed and appreciated, and won’t have quite the same effect unless it’s easily viewable. Try to keep the top of the frames aligned with other horizontal lines in your art space.
Where should I hang my picture frame?
Obviously if you’re at a gallery, you’re going to hang them in whatever way possible that is appealing to the viewer. In a more permanent interior setting, however, you’ll have to consider things like color and size. Don’t ever worry about matching colors exactly — it’s just not going to happen, and it can look rather tacky. Stick to using the art and frame to compliment the room, or allow it to become the centerpiece and stand out. You can also learn more about how to hang your frame correctly in our previous blog post on the matter, which goes over the geometry of the project a little more thoroughly.
What are some steps that you take in keeping your wall art up to par? Leave a comment below — we’d love to hear from you!
Community. Whether you’re a business, a family, a nonprofit or an individual, you are formed and molded by your local communities. At Frame USA, we feel that communities from all across the United States can benefit from a little help here and there; especially when they’re making positive differences in their area. We received this great message from Grace Church after we helped them by donating 30+ Unfinished picture frames:
“Dear Dan [CEO, Frame USA],
I bet that by now you have forgotten about us here in Wisconsin, or at least thought that we forgot about you and were acting like the 9 out of 10 lepers who failed to return to thank Jesus after they were healed. On the contrary, we want you to know that we have never stopped thanking you for your kindness and generosity to Grace Church.
It has taken a long time…. to mobilize the missionaries to send in a new picture, to get the frames stained, to order the vinyl and then to get the authorized person to hang the frames on the wall. … The frames are in a really nice formation, and on two different walls as you leave the sanctuary. One side is for Global missionaries and the other for U.S. missionaries….”
Needless to say, we were glad to help such a great cause. Do you have any deserving causes that you’d like to see mentioned or considered for our Charity of the Month? Leave a comment below, or visit our Charity page to learn more.
*Note that these frames were sent as Unfinished frames, but wood-stained by the recipients. Just another way to add your own personal touch!
One day only – June 13, 2014 – you can save 13% on all of our websites! Get great deals on picture frames, wholesale poster, mats and affordable closeout frames. Don’t delay though, because this offer expires at midnight EST! Go to FrameUSA.com and start shopping…
We love a good contest, and our selection for June is a great way to frame some of your favorite instagram shots or artwork — absolutely free!
Of course, we expect some great shots and work from this contest based on what we saw last time. Even if you’ve never shopped with us before, if your work is selected, we’ll frame your submission for you AND send a great offer along with the frame. If you like our work, feel free to use it on an order!
Do you have any work that you’d love to see framed? Enter it into our contest by posting it to instagram! Just use hastag #FrameUSA when you post and we’ll enter you into our selection process. We’ll pick the 5 most creative and “stand out” art/photographs. Let the creative games begin!
This narrow black picture frame has always been a favorite. Luckily, we have plenty of other great options!
As part of our efforts to keep customers aware of our frame product line, we’re going to be posting discontinued and brand-new products here as soon as we find out! Usually we love gushing about how beautiful and intricate our new frames are, but discontinued series are just as important if you’re particularly fond of a frame.
This time, our Tuxedo Narrow moulding has been discontinued by our vendors. One of our favorites, the Tuxedo Narrow is a black eco-friendly wood frame with a thin strip of shiny material along the inside that accents artwork with more of a focal point than your standard frame. Fortunately, our vendor still plans to keep Tuxedo Wide in stock, so if it’s the look you’re going for, be sure to check it out!
If the series appeal is the narrow profile, however, we would recommend our Black series. The narrow profile on our Black series is also angled, giving it a 3-dimensional look from afar that the Tuxedo series also offers. If you’d like help in finding out what would look best with your artwork, you can always email our sales team here and they will be glad to help!
Memorial Day Weekend is here, so we’re taking 10% off everything on the site!
Happy Memorial Day Weekend! It’s a great time for remembering those who have not only fought for our country, but for remembering all who have served and given their service to the USA. As a company, we are very grateful! All of our products are sourced and made in the United States, and we couldn’t do that without our rights and freedoms.
As for our sale, we’re taking 10% off all four tabs on our website! That means everything from Frame USA, Posterservice, Mat Designers and Frame Closeouts is 10% off across the board! You can save big on any imaginable combination of items, like some from the following:
Build A Frame
– Since all four of our websites are on sale, this is an automatic 10% off your entire Build a Frame order — regardless of what you choose! If you’ve been wanting a framed print from Posterservice with matting, this is the perfect opportunity to save big. (Even if you just want a nice frame with great matting, you’ll save big!)
– With Father’s Day and Graduation creeping up on us, this is a great option for personalized gifts. Some of the best examples we’ve seen with engraved frames have been engraving based on great family vacations, or remembering a summer road trip with the whole family.
– With Build a Frame and Posterservice being 10% off, it’s a perfect time to remodel your wall art. Nobody likes a totally bare wall, so think of some ways to save money if you’re in the process of remodeling or decorating your very first home! (College students, this is also the perfect time to stock up on the biggest collection of humor and art posters from Posterservice.com!)
– With graduation season drawing near, diploma and certificate frames are great choices to give to your graduate (or to yourself!) A framed college diploma brings with it a great sense of accomplishment that will be remembered for years to come. Hang it in your personal office, or when you finally arrive at that perfect job you’ve always dreamed of!
Framing has many different meanings and many uses as terminology, spanning from artistic photographs/photographic cropping, reflective framed surfaces, and of course, picture framing itself. Exploring the art of framing is diverse and complicated, but an interesting obervation of what framing has meant in the past and what it means today.
Set in the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, this exhibit aims to explore the meaning of framing in both a past and present sense. This exhibit is hosted by Cornell’s History of Art majors, showing that these students not only study the history behind the art, but the artistic perspective itself. You can find out more about Cornell and this gallery at the link provided below.
To learn more about art framing, you can visit our blog archive on the subject here.
Choosing office decor may not be as simple as you think – interior decorating says volumes about your business.
For those with a business that sees plenty of through-traffic such as hotels, restaurants, marketing firms, cafes or studios: art and interior design are a major selling point of what your business entails.
Let’s start with the hotel example. Think of a time where you have stayed in a nice resort, or maybe a refreshing getaway where the artwork matched the theme of the surrounding environments. Of course, the focus of any average getaway hotel is ambience and design over the importance of displayed content, but the chosen wall decor of your business will undoubtedly be noticed at some point by your guests and clientele.
So what sorts of wall art would fit your company the most? Consider your target audience, and who will be viewing this art the most (aside from yourself, of course!) If you specialize in design or architecture, perhaps displaying blueprints and sketches would be a great way to capitalize on your wall space. For restaurants, photos of famous/local celebrities eating at your establishment make interesting conversation pieces. Other ideas include photos of the owner, the establishment during construction, group photos of your staff and visually interesting products that your business sells.
If your line of business doesn’t work with much imagery (and chances are, it does to some extent) you can always find related imagery to frame and display. For instance, if you are a dog groomer, you could post a fun bulletin board with pictures of various dogs you’ve groomed over the year. You could also post artistic images of barber salons, dog photography, or imagery that fits your brand. You don’t have to limit yourself to subject matter so long as the imagery supports the branding of your business in some way.
In closing, the decor of your business space is meant not only to demonstrate what your business is all about, but to help convert more sales. The customer or client is already in your office, so you don’t need to go to great lengths to impress them. Let your wall art and branding encourage them to trust you with their business.
Do you have any examples of an extremely well-designed business space? Leave a comment below and let us know! For our Business/Wholesale service, click here to fill out our custom quote form. We’ll let you know how we can help!
Using FrameCloseouts.com has plenty of great benefits and is a great solution for many of our customers… But the model may not be for everybody. Here are three reasons why Frame Closeouts might be right up your alley.
1. Lowest frame prices on the web.
If you need a lot of frames and don’t have the money to buy from our wholesale website, then FrameCloseouts.com is your place to go. Whether you’re a budding photographer or looking for some cheap frames to turn a profit on in your store, you won’t find better deals anywhere else (Especially if you shop during one of our site-wide or wood color sales!)
2. Thousands of popular sizes in stock.
We have thousands of popular sizes in stock — 8×10’s, 5×7’s, 11×17’s… You name it, we have it. Frame Closeouts does not have any options for custom framing, but we can always take care of that for you on our main website.
However, for most art and photography, FrameCloseouts.com will have every size you want at the prices you need. Be sure to stop by the website and check out the deals of what we have in stock!
3. Fast shipping.
Having so many frames in our Closeouts department also means that there is less production time involved. While most of our products are made to order, pre-assembled closeout frames only need to be packed and shipped!
Sale may be extended. (But the only way to be sure to save is to shop now!)
Artist Evelyn Henson Gives Readers a Quick Framing 101
Choosing the right frame for your business can be a lot of hard work. Having the right frame for the job takes both intuition and some pretty basic knowledge of what makes a good complete work of framed art.
This weekend, we discovered an article written by Evelyn Henson that went into some good details about what to buy, where to buy and what kinds of frames go best in any given situation. Join us while we summarize this article (while also adding our own advice as framers!)
One of the highlights we spotted was to be sure that you’re personally in love with the frame. Before you even think about the artwork, think about how you’ll feel months and even years down the line with that frame on your wall. Once you’ve found a few that fit that criteria, you’ll want to try and see what matches best with your particular artwork. You can also work backwards if you’ve found a great frame, but have no art. Websites like Posterservice.com offer a wide variety of art prints that are more than reasonably priced.
Another question the artist posed was the source of frame material. Knowing whether you’re looking for wood, metal or plastic will save you time and money in the long run. As a general rule:
Plastic frames are best used for posters or a more thin printed material.
Wood frames are usually some of the best in the market. While Henson was of the opinion that white is the best color, this can be problematic if the frame has defective joins or scratches. We prefer black picture frames, and based on the thousands of orders we see for them, we have to agree with the majority! Black is a very standard, very impressive color for most artwork.
Metal picture frames typically go well with modern art pieces and minimalist concepts.
We hope this little tidbit of information has helped you with your framing purchase. Have a great day, and let us know in the comments what your favorite type of frames are!