Framing - The Basics

The following article explores various types of framing options available for art and offers considerations for selecting the most suitable option. The ultimate choice of frame is entirely at your discretion. This article serves as a guide and provides suggestions for your consideration, should you decide to follow them. 

So as with Art, there are millions of types of framing options we can choose from. That being said, this is a big topic on what goes into choosing the right frame for your art in your home. So in this article I'll be going over the basics of framing and some things to consider when choosing a frame for your artwork.

If you would like to read a much more in depth article on how to choose the right frame you will need to have a Boxwood Golden Acorn or Mighty Oak membership. The in-depth article will include pictures and video. Currently, the in-depth article is a work in progress and will be available for Golden Acorn and Mighty Oak Boxwood members soon.


Choosing the right frame can either make a piece of artwork sing or destroy the art and take away from the beauty, connection, and feelings you loved about the artwork in the first place.

So what is the purpose of a frame to begin with? Ideally, the frame is meant to support the artwork, not to overpower or take away from it. So in this article we’ll discuss; 

  • Where to get your Frame
  • Type of Frame
  • Type of Glass
  • Type and color of Mat Board
  • Location for where it will be hung


    Ok, so you just got this beautiful piece of art from Boxwood and you’re looking to find a frame. There are many premade frames for cheap out there you can purchase online. However, because we use such high quality materials to create both the original art and fine art prints, artwork that will last several lifetimes, we suggest getting your art professionally framed where a framer will go over several options with you. 


    There are so many types of frames and I cover more of them in detail in the complete guide. 

    The more complex a frame the less of the artwork you see. The artwork not only gets lost, but the piece becomes more about the frame than the artwork. As a result you wouldn’t be able to enjoy the beautiful artwork you just bought.  

    When choosing the type of frame for your artwork the more simple and subtle it is the more it does what it’s supposed to by letting the artwork really shine. 


    As with frames there’s different types of glass to choose from as well. Whatever glass you choose you should make sure you can see a sample of it to be held over the artwork to make sure it does not distort the artwork in any way. 

    For example, some UV protective glass actually has a green tint to it and it can affect the colors of the artwork by making them either duller or brighter, changing the color all together, essentially like a filter. While there is some UV glass that is clear. So you’ll want to make sure to ask to see how it looks over the top of the art before choosing the glass you want.

    Reflectiveness of Glass

    If you have a piece of glass over your artwork that reflects everything it can make the art hard to see in different lighting scenarios. Ideally, a non-reflective glass is best, in order to really appreciate the artwork without having to worry about the reflections taking away from the artwork. 

    UV Glass 

    So one thing to consider with UV glass is while it keeps the UV rays from penetrating the artwork, the heat can still build up within the frame and over time cause the artwork to warp.


    MATBOARD - Type and Color

    What is it?

    Matting serves as a thoughtful framing element, delicately framing the artwork while providing a subtle buffer between the art and the glass. Beyond its practical function, it plays a pivotal role in elevating the viewer's experience, directing their attention to the masterpiece and complementing the colors palette of the artwork. 


    There are 3 types of mat boards to choose from. We discuss this in more detail in the in-depth article. To avoid “mat burn” on your artwork over time it’s important to select a high quality archival or museum style mat board that is made of 100% cotton. As 100% cotton mat board it should be 100% acid and lignin free. This tends to be the most expensive option. 

    However, most people tend to use acid - free mat boards with either a cotton, color, or white core. Cream cores on mat boards will fade and discolor with time.


    Selecting the perfect color for your matboard involves more than meets the eye. For the scope of this article, let's delve into the fundamentals. According to basic color theory, overly vivid/bright/intense mat boards can detract from the artwork, draining its intended hues. This creates a clash where the mat and frame compete for attention with the artwork, potentially overshadowing the artwork itself. Consequently, the dominant mat color can diminish the vibrancy of the artwork, tarnishing its beauty.

    Ideally you want to keep the color of the mat board surrounding the artwork very neutral with very minimal color and light or dark depending on the overall lightness or darkness of the artwork. For example, if the art is very dark, you may want something more in the middle value range to dark when choosing the mat board.  


    When deciding on a location in your home for the framed artwork to be hung it can depend on many personal tastes and what you’re trying to achieve. One of the best analogies to keep in mind when hanging art is if you have a handful of glitter and throw it up in the air and say, “Did you see that one?!” So the more clutter or things you have surrounding your art on the wall in a room it can make it more difficult to appreciate the beauty of it. 

    With that said, Where you hang your newly framed artwork is important. You have to ask yourself some questions; 

    • Do I want everyone to see this? 
    • Is it an identity piece that you identify with that you want everyone to enjoy? Is this something for your office as a source of inspiration?
    •  Is this something for a specific bedroom that may have a theme to it?
    • Or do you just love the art and want to hang it wherever you have space in your home? 

    All of these questions and answers to them are personal and valid. There’s no wrong answer there. 

    The biggest thing to keep in mind is as with a cluttered wall or possibly room taking away from enjoying the artwork, if the color on the wall is extremely bright/intense and overpowering it will be difficult to actually enjoy and appreciate the artwork.

    Framing a high-quality piece of art is not merely about encasing it in a protective border; it's about enhancing its inherent beauty and preserving its essence for generations to come. As connoisseurs of fine art, we understand that the frame is not just a frame; it's a vessel that elevates the artwork to new heights. Here are some key considerations to ensure that your treasured masterpiece receives the framing treatment it deserves.

    1. Material Selection

    The choice of framing material plays a pivotal role in the presentation of high-quality art. Opt for materials that not only complement the artwork aesthetically but also provide adequate protection. Fine wood, such as maple, walnut, or oak, exudes timeless elegance and offers durability. Alternatively, metal frames can imbue a contemporary flair while maintaining structural integrity.

    2. Matting and Mounting

    Matting serves as a buffer between the artwork and the frame, preventing direct contact that could cause damage over time. When framing high-quality art, opt for acid-free mats to ensure the preservation of delicate surfaces. Additionally, consider the color and thickness of the mat to create visual depth and highlight the artwork's focal points.

    3. Conservation Framing

    Preserving the integrity of high-quality art requires specialized framing techniques. Conservation framing utilizes archival-quality materials and methods to protect the artwork from environmental factors such as light exposure, humidity, and airborne pollutants. UV-filtering glass or acrylic shields the artwork from harmful ultraviolet rays, while acid-free backing boards prevent deterioration over time.

    4. Frame Design and Style

    The frame should complement the aesthetic of the artwork without overpowering its inherent beauty. Consider the style, era, and subject matter of the artwork when selecting a frame design. Ornate frames with intricate details may be suitable for classical or traditional pieces, while sleek, minimalist frames can enhance the contemporary allure of modern art. Strike a balance between elegance and subtlety to let the artwork shine.

    5. Customization and Personalization

    Every piece of high-quality art is unique, deserving of a framing treatment tailored to its specific characteristics. Consider custom framing options that allow for precise measurements, materials, and finishes to suit the individual needs of the artwork. Consult with a professional framer who can offer expert advice and craftsmanship to ensure the perfect frame for your masterpiece.

    In essence, framing high-quality art is a meticulous art form that requires careful consideration of materials, techniques, and aesthetics. By adhering to these key considerations and enlisting the expertise of seasoned professionals, you can elevate your artwork to new heights, ensuring its beauty endures for generations to come. Let the frame be a testament to the reverence and admiration you hold for your treasured masterpiece, honoring its legacy with elegance and grace.

    Elevating Your Art: A Maestro's Guide to Framing and Placement

    Welcome, fellow art enthusiasts, to a brief yet illuminating discourse on the nuances of framing and placing your cherished artworks within the sanctuary of your home. As a seasoned artist, I've come to understand that the presentation of art is as crucial as the art itself. Let us embark on this journey together, exploring the fundamental principles and practical steps to ensure your masterpiece is showcased with the reverence it deserves.

    Framing Essentials

    1. Material Matters

    The choice of frame material can significantly influence the aesthetic appeal of your artwork. Consider the style and mood you wish to evoke. Wooden frames exude warmth and tradition, while sleek metal frames offer a contemporary edge. Embrace the harmony between the frame and your artwork, allowing them to complement each other harmoniously.

    2. Balancing Act: Size and Proportion

    The dimensions of the frame should be in proportion to the artwork it houses. A frame too small may appear insignificant, while one too large can overwhelm the artwork. Aim for a balance that accentuates the beauty of the piece without detracting from its essence.

    3. Preservation and Protection

    Protect your artwork from the ravages of time with conservation framing techniques. Opt for acid-free mats to prevent discoloration and archival-quality materials to safeguard against deterioration. UV-filtering glass or acrylic shields your art from harmful light, ensuring its longevity for generations to come.

    Artful Placement

    1. Finding the Perfect Stage

    The placement of your artwork within your home sets the stage for its grand debut. Consider the ambiance of each room and select a location that allows your artwork to shine. Whether it's a focal point above the fireplace or a gallery wall that beckons exploration, let the space elevate the artistry of your piece.

    2. Eye-Catching Elevation

    Position your artwork at eye level to ensure optimal viewing pleasure. The average eye level falls between 57 to 60 inches from the floor. Aligning the center of your artwork with this measurement ensures that it captivates viewers without causing strain or discomfort.

    3. Creating Cohesion

    Harmonize the artworks within a space to create visual cohesion and narrative flow. Group pieces of similar themes or styles together to form a curated collection that tells a story. Experiment with arrangements to discover dynamic compositions that resonate with your aesthetic sensibilities.

    Practical Steps to Perfection

    Prepare Your Canvas

    1. Gather your artwork, frame, and necessary tools, including hanging hardware, level, measuring tape, and pencil.

    Frame Assembly

    1. Carefully insert your artwork into the frame, ensuring a snug fit. If using mats, position them to enhance the presentation of the piece.

    Mark Your Territory

    1. Use a pencil to mark the desired placement of your artwork on the wall. Consider factors such as lighting and spatial arrangement before finalizing the position.

    Hang with Precision

    1. Install the appropriate hanging hardware on the back of the frame, ensuring stability and security. Use a level to ensure straight alignment and adjust as needed.

    Final Flourish

    1. Step back and admire your handiwork, making any final adjustments to achieve visual harmony and balance. Revel in the beauty of your curated space, where art and ambiance intertwine in a symphony of style.

    In conclusion, framing and placing your art is an art form in itself, requiring careful consideration and attention to detail. By embracing the principles outlined above and following the practical steps provided, you can transform your home into a gallery of unparalleled elegance and sophistication. Let your creativity unfurl as you orchestrate the perfect backdrop for your beloved artworks, enriching your living space with beauty and meaning.