I took some photos of a friend’s baby the other day as the agency she had joined asked for some. My friend loves them and wants to hang them on her wall so she was asking me about how best to frame them. This got me thinking. How should you display art or photographs to best effect and how easy is it to navigate the many options out there. So here is a quick guide to framing those images that you love.
- Think about where you are going to hang it and the impact you want it to have. Do you want it to blend into the wall or stand out? Are you hanging a single large images or several small ones? Once you have decided that you can look at the framing options.
- There are a lot of plain frames on the market – Ikea, John Lewis and Habitat all do decent looking black and white frames if you are looking for something simple. You can always get the correct sized mount cut for you either at a shop or online if you are happy with your measuring skills.
- If you are looking for a bespoke frame then I would suggest going to a shop rather than buying online. You can take your print along and try it out with a variety of frames and mounts.
- If you are creating a gallery from the beginning then uniform frames ie all black, may work well for you but if you are adding to an existing gallery then do not be afraid to use different colours and sizes of frames that suit each individual image.
- For a more eclectic look scour second hand shops for old prints with nice frames that you like. You can then put your own prints in them. This can be a much cheaper way of getting a great frame.
In terms of glass, standard glass is fine for a photo you can reprint but if you are framing irreplaceable artwork then consider conservation or museum glass. It is pricier but it will protect your print from fading. Try not to hang precious images in direct sunlight.
So, find your favourite photos, commission a family shoot or buy a new print and get them hung on the wall. It’s a surefire way to refresh your interiors and make you smile.
PS My friends baby has her first audition this week – the agency loved the photos too.