Frequently Asked Questions
How to Select Frames
The style of your frame should always flatter the art it surrounds!
If the art you want to use isn’t the same style as your room, that’s OK. We can help you choose a frame that serves as a bridge between the different styles. An ornate frame may work well with abstract art to help it work in a classic space or a fresh look for traditional art can be achieved when paired with a soft contemporary frame style.
What about the width of your frame?
Many people assume narrow frames are for small pictures only and larger works of art should be pared with wider frames.
This isn’t always the case. Wider frames can benefit smaller pieces by calling attention to them. The width of the frame can also be used to relate the framed art to the scale of your room or furnishings. Generally, you shouldn’t overpower a room with a frame that’s too large for the space or under-power the artwork with too small a frame.
How wide or deep should a frame be?
Our deeper frames are generally used to create shadowboxes for framing mementoes and such.
However, the same frames can provide great solutions when framing art. When the art is placed forward in the frame, the added depth projects the art towards you. If the art will be hanging in a bookcase or similar area, a deeper frame helps offset the recess. We can also recess the art into the deeper frame, adding depth and drama.
It used to be a common practice to combine more than one frame to make a single one!
This technique is called stacking. Stacking frames enables us to mix colours, styles and textures to co-ordinate with your art. This technique also helps us provide you with a frame of a grander scale for a large or a special piece. Ask one of our expert framers about this.
How to Select Mats
A well-selected mat links your artwork to your frame and enhances the overall appearance. The quality of mats has improved over the years and come in many different colours and textures. At Picture Perfect Gallery as we only carry the highest quality acid-free mats.
We also do mat replacement. Do you know that picture of Uncle Bill on your wall, dating back to 1955? Even if it was matted in those days, it was likely just paper. It’s amazing what an older picture will look like with an updated mat! Or the picture you had hanging on a beige wall and now the wall’s dark burgundy. Bring in your picture and we’ll update the mat to better work with your home or office.
How to Choose the Right Glass
Like mats, the choices have improved tremendously over the years. Glass or Acrylic. Depending on what you’re framing, where you plan to hang your piece and how much you want to spend, the choices are many. We look forward to showing you how it works with your art and to help you, we’ve put together this chart: