Spring is in the air and that means a lot of us are busy working on projects that refresh our living spaces. There's no better feeling than revitalizing your décor and giving your house a deep clean, including everything on your walls! Here are some great tips that can breathe new life into your favourite, framed things and as well a simple guideline to keep them looking as good as new!
Revitalize your artwork:
Change your glass: For many years the only option to reduce reflection was to use non-glare glass. This product cuts down the reflection by diffusing the light bouncing off of it. Non-glare glass is effective when looking directly at your art piece, but starts to get very cloudy when viewed at even a slight angle (like down a hallway).
In the last decade some new types of glass have come out that are fantastic options for taming that glare. Art Glass and Ultra View are two similar glasses that have virtually no reflection. Instead of diffusing the light coming in, they have a special treatment that lets the light pass through but stops it from bouncing back, eliminating the glare. By changing out the regular or non-glare glass for Art Glass or Ultra View, the colors and details in your artwork will sharpen and look more vibrant, bringing new life to the piece!
Change the mats: Mats are one of the simplest and most cost efficient ways to revitalize a tired frame design. Décor trends are always evolving and one way to keep your framed artwork in tune with your current style is to add or change the matting.
Years ago, the trend was to use very colorful mats around an art piece to create a really strong impression on the wall. With time and exposure these colored mats can fade and even change tones. Design sensibilities have also changed with people leaning more toward neutral tones in matting and letting the artwork speak for itself. Updating your mats will instantly revitalize your framed artwork and help it to contribute to your current décor. I can’t tell you how many of our clients say that the effect of making this change is like seeing your artwork again for the first time!
*Quick tip: Snap a few shots of your room’s décor (walls, furniture, accents) on your phone and show them to your framer. This way they can help you based on what it is and where it’s going!
Keep things clean:
Frames: Everything needs a good dusting in the spring and frames are no exception. A slightly dampened, microfiber cloth can keep your frames clean. Avoid using spray cleaners or excessive rubbing to ensure that only dust is removed from your frame and not it's finish.
We hope these tips have helped and if you’d like to find out more, don’t be shy! Tell us about your project and will gladly offer you our best suggestions.
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