The Lowdown on Wall Art Framing

With so many framing styles and materials, one could find it difficult to select the best option for their Wall Art. The framing, also known as moulding, is a complementary element of the Art and should have the ability to make it’s Art stand out but not to overpower it.

Some people have a clear vision of what they want whilst other need some guidance. At Curatr, we’re all about finding the most suitable option for our customer’s interior, own style, and budget.

For the most part, affordability is a key factor in frame selection and there are so many options to choose from. We cover that a little further on.

There are two primary factors to consider for framing, being frame style and frame type.

  1. Frame Style

Close Up Framing

The most popular and affordable frame option is ‘close up’. This is a simple frame option whereby a thin margin of the canvas or Art Print overlapped. This works exceptionally well when the piece has a fair amount of white bleed. The Art sits right up against the glass.

Box Frame

A boxed frame is where the sides of the frame is lined with a foam core which raises the image for depth. Box framing is usually done with a double rebated frame.

Mount Board

A mount board is a thick stock quality border of solid colour (usually white with Curatr’s Art) in between the frame and the Art. Mounts can be anything from 1cm up to make a small or big impact. Mount boards are primarily used for smaller images and the likes of photography to give more focus to the Wall Art.

One mount is the most popular, simple and minimalist option however there are some Art products that look great with a double mount. It has become a popular method to float a small image with uneven mount dimensions at the bottom. This is referred to as a loaded bottom.

A V-Groove in a mount is same as a single mount framing, except a V-Groove is cut out of the mount board. This could be the same or a different colour to the mount.

Floating Frame

A floated frame on a mount is when the Art is floated on a foam board and raised from the mount (literally like it’s floating). It sits on top of the mount rather than being overlapped like the standard mount.

Art can also be floated between glass. This is when you have a glass border around the image made possible by having two pieces of glass – and then the outer frame; meaning the wall would be visible through the glass.

Stretched Canvas

Canvases can also be stretched over a wooden backing with no frame. This can be a more cost-effective option for canvases. A canvas can also be stretched and dropped into a L-shaped frame, which lifts the Art and gives it a more upmarket look.

  1. Frame Type

We offer three types of material for framing being synthetic, aluminium and wood. A frame should highlight the Art, but it also plays a role in functionality in holding the Wall Art and glass safely in place. The larger the Art, and thus the glass, the stronger and more durable the frame needs to be.

Synthetic Frame

Curatr’s most popular frame type selected by customers due to its affordability and quality is a synthetic frame. These frames can range from 2mm in width up and available in black, white, greys and wood colours.

Aluminium Frame

Aluminium framing is exceptional. Slightly higher in price however it provides a slim, minimalist profile and ultimately a high-end finish to the Wall Art.

Wood Frame

A wood frame, which can come in many widths, sizes, designs and finishes is the highest quality frame. Wood framing is almost always use for Fine Art and if budget has no bearing.

Curatr can help

If you’re unsure what framing works best, get in touch with Curatr. We’d love to give you the best options aligned to your budget, your Wall Art, your interior décor, and your individual style. We also do photographic layouts and mock-ups for customers who are more visual.