Things to think about

I have a few options here to get you thinking. Go through my step-by-step guide – this will help you understand what you need.

  1. Is it for an exhibition? A gift? For your office? For your home?

Exhibition framing tend to be either black or white, though silver or a plain wood is also generally accepted. This is so the frame is not to personalised and therefore easier to sell.

For a gift – have those person’s tastes in mind

For your office, again, it would be good to keep things simple so it appeals to most people.

If it is a personal frame – this is where you can have the most fun.

  1. Do you know what look you want?
    • Modern/Simple/Ornate?

The very modern look, which galleries want at the moment is white – all the way! – White frames and white mounts – but this is not always the look people want in their home.

Generally, for the home, it is best to really look at the image and choice a framing option that brings the image to life the most.

    • Where are you going to hang the piece? – you may want to think of the colour of the room or what other pictures are hanging near –by

Once you have a rough idea the whole process is a lot less over-whelming.

  1. What is it you want framed?
  • A print/poster
  • A photo
  • A canvas
  • An object – Cricket ball/rugby shirt


All these different things need different approaches. Have a look at my Frame example section – this should give you some ideas.


A print is the most flexible of most images and gives you limitless options. Depending on the value of the image you can choose to have it flattened either by dry mounting or adhesive mounting for inexpensive work or tab stretched mounting for valuable pieces. Here we use limited amount acid-free adhesive tabs so as not to affect the image in the long-term.


Photo’s need to be kept off the glass –either with a mount or with a slip. This is to stop what is known as hot spotting – moisture build up between the glass and the image – this in time will permanently damage the photo


Canvases need deeper frames in order to fit in the stretcher bars the canvas is attached to. They also generally do not have glass – this is normally to show off the texture of the painting. However if the image is painted flat and it has value. Some people like to put it behind glass – this is to protect the image.


Object framing is always object specific – anything can be framed – but it always depends on the shape and size of the image and working out the best way to attach the object and hold it in place in the frame.