Belgravia’s tips for framing art
Here at the gallery we are regularly asked by clients about how best to frame their art, and whether special glass is needed. Our main advice is to keep it simple and listen to the professionals. A wide frame can make a small picture look seriously important. Works on paper should never be hung in direct sunlight as they will fade fast – special UV glass is available and is very good, it can make all the difference between a work lasting a lifetime or not. Framing can make or break a work of art and can be costly, but it will be worth it in the end. When choosing a frame, think about what other frames you have in your home, and what will be surrounding the work to ensure they match. Mounting is also very important – there are many different types, including having a double or triple mount, a single thick mount, or no mount at all (floating) – all options can totally change the feel of the finished product. Sometimes you need to know when not to frame a piece and leave it unframed, many works on canvas, if the stretcher is deep and sturdy, and the artist has painted the edges, simply don't need a frame. Belgravia Gallery is happy to offer advice on framing and recommend the best framer for the job.
Pictured – a triple step silver leaf frame with handpainted gesso mount, this frame transformed the Braque painting that was placed inside.