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Framing your Prints

The way your artwork is framed can be the cherry on the cake when it comes to the look and feel of your home. It seems like a very straight-forward task but can be quite daunting if you're not sure what you're looking for! Here are some examples to give a basic understanding of what to consider when framing your artwork, so that you can get the finishing touches just right in your beautiful home!

There are two main options which always give a great finish:

1. Frame sized matching the print exactly.

This means the print will go right to the edges of your frame with no extra border.

Example of a print in a frame that fits the size exactly

 The indication of a frame's size always refers to the inner window rather than the frame's outer edges. So for example, if your print is 8x10" and you want the print to fill the frame you would simply look for an 8x10" frame:
 8x10 inches Vivarti white frame available on Amazon 8x10 inches Hampton white shabby chic frame available on Amazon 8x10 inches Metro Vintage Wood frame available on Amazon
 The inside window is always a little bit smaller than the size specified, so that the print sits seamlessly beneath the edges of the frame with no gaps showing.

2. Frame with mount

This means the frame size is larger than the print to give space for an additional border called a mount (or "mat" if you're based outside of the UK).
 Example of a print in a frame with a mat/mount included
 For this option you would look for a larger frame than the size of your print. So if you are framing an 8x10" print, that is the size the mat would need to be. The frame size would be larger than the print - possibly 10x12" or 11x14".
 10x12" frame with 8x10" mount Metro Vintage Wood frame available on Amazon 10x12" frame with 8x10" mount White frame available on Amazon 12x14" frame with 8x10" mount Distressed Rustic Wood frame available on Amazon
 
By default, the window of any mount will actually be a little bit smaller than the size specified. This is so that the edges of your print will be covered seamlessly with no gaps between the print and the border.
 
If you are based in the UK and would like to browse different styles of frames in person rather than ordering online, homeware stores like Ikea, Wilkinsons, The Range, Home Bargains etc. usually have really great selections at decent prices. You can even find some really nice frames in some supermarkets.
 
If you are having trouble finding a frame for a specific sized print, or still aren't sure what you're looking for, feel free to get in touch and we will try to help!