Like with everything in life, being prepared is the key to a successful experience! When people call ahead or email in with questions about what they want to frame, I’ll often give them these four quick tips.
1. Take pictures: These days almost everyone has access to a smart phone or some other device that can capture images quickly. Snapping some reference shots of where the item might be placed and the surrounding décor are great ways of getting you and your framer on the same starting page. Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words!
2. Know your comfort zone: This applies to your budget as well as taste in design. Giving a rough idea of what you want to spend and what kind of framing you would like to achieve gives your framer the opportunity to do his or her best work. If you have champagne tastes and a beer budget, you and your framer can discuss the best options before diving right in. It is very hard to move on from a frame-azing design when your heart screams yes and your wallet shouts no! Working in and around a comfort zone will allow your framer to present the highest value designs, so you get the most bang for your buck!
3. Let the art lead the way: Now that you have 1 and 2 squared away, it is time to put on your creative cap and have fun! The most successful frame designs find the perfect balance between presenting the art in its best light and working with its eventual surroundings. Look to compliment the key features of any piece by making choices that allow them to shine. Think of your art as the star and your frame as the stage and let them put on a show!
4. Think about the future: Framing a cherished art piece or a treasured item is to create something that will outlast your car, your television and certainly the latest, greatest gadget. Because of this you need to consider protecting it so it lasts. There are many archival and conservative framing products that can help in this. Acid free mats and conservation glass are two easy options to work with that are cost effective when considering the lifespan of your piece. This is especially important with family mementos (letters, pictures, medals etc.) Because they continue to look special they will be cared for by the next generation, ensuring that your family memories last the test of time.