Custom Framing Services

Framing your photographs can be more expensive that you might initially think. If you've shopped around for custom framing, you will be pleased to find that you can save a considerable amount of money by having your photographs and fine artwork professionally framed by us. We can usually save you at least 50% off the price of many local retailers. We simply have lower overhead prices and are able to pass along the savings to you!

We use conservation quality mounting and matting materials from the finest moulding, matting and glazing suppliers. We buy uncut bulk matting and moulding from local or regional vendors ensuring you receive the very best prices possible. As the person framing your photographs is also likely the artist that created them, extra special care is taken that can never be provided by a chain store employee or even another professional framer.

Please schedule a private consultation at 720-530-6290.

Framing Suggestions

A frame provides more than just physical support for your photograph, it provides a zone of separation for the photograph and displays it in a proper decorative context for your home. You will need to make four decisions when purchasing your frame, the frame itself, the type of glass, the matting color and style and the type of material used to seal up the back of the frame. When choosing the various elements of your frame, (moulding, matting and glazing), take into account the purpose of the photograph, where it will be located for display and the colors of the photograph and of the display location.

Sizing your Frame

The physical size of your photograph will help determine the proper size for its frame. You should be careful not to allow your chosen frame to overwhelm the artwork being displayed. Complex frame designs used to display intricate artwork may result in a 'busy' or 'crowded' look. Larger photographs often look better using the wider frame moulding while smaller images often look better using thinner frames. A wide frame will add 'substance' to a large piece hanging over your sofa or fireplace and a thin frame will not overwhelm smaller photographs.

Choosing Colors

The colors that you choose should complement both the artwork and the colors of the room where it is displayed. The portraits that we create can be assumed to grace the walls of your home for several decades so often it will be better to match the colors of the frame to the photograph rather than the colors of the room where the image is displayed. In the decades to come, that room will be painted several times.

The colors that you choose for your matting will affect the presentation of the photograph. It is usually best to choose conservative colors. Your matting should usually be a different color than the frame moulding otherwise you risk drawing attention to the frame rather than the image itself. Lighter colored mats create space and let the photograph stand out on its own. Dark or brightly colored mats 'extend' the photograph into the frame so the the image and the frame feel like a single unit. It is important to be careful not to overwhelm the photograph with a bold-colored mat.

Choosing Matting

You may choose both single and multi-layered mats to frame your photograph. Single mats are often chosen for their clean look and are usually lighter colored whites, creams and neutral colors. Double mats are usually used for all portraits and give the piece a more 'finished', professional look. We have over a 100 different mat colors and will help you choose the best matting to display your image beautifully.

If you are displaying images printed on canvas paper we suggest not using any matting at all. Canvas papers receive a UV coating and don't normally use a glass or acrylic glazing, as there is no need to separate the work from the glazing, there is no need to use a mat. Furthermore, without the protection of glazing, the mat itself would be subject to damage.

Pricing

Most of the cost of custom framing is reflected in the labor costs required to create and assemble the final product. Using conservation quality, acid-free and lignon free matting, I will provide you will prices that will usually be significantly lower than you can get elsewhere with the quality and careful attention that only the artist that created the photographs in the first place can provide.

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