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Standard Frames for Paper Prints & Shadowboxes

 

 

A frame does much more than just protect your picture, it enhances the image itself. Whether you're framing a rare poster, a contemporary print, or a special photograph, it's important you choose a frame that won't detract from the image, but will complement and complete the look. Here's your step-by-step guide to choosing the perfect frame.

The color and finish of the frame is a great way to emphasize the image it contains and to portray your own personal style. Not only can the frame be chosen to match the picture, it can be chosen to match your interior style too. So before you pick your color, take some time to consider the overall look of your space and decide what look you are going for.

The width of the frame should complement the style and size of the artwork within. A wide frame could easily overwhelm a small picture and a narrow frame will not be bold enough for a large picture. Equally a wide frame would suit a graphic and daring print but might detract from a delicate botanical print.

 

STANDARD FRAMES

We use this type of frame with archival and photographic paper where prints are covered by our unbreakable acrylic glass.

 

MATTE BLACK

This solid, smooth black frame is sleek and stylish - a classic choice for photography and graphic art prints.

 

MATTE WHITE

Our solid, smooth white finish is perfect for contemporary art and photographic prints with a minimalist look.

 

 

NATURAL WOOD

A natural hand finished maple frame is a classic and tasteful choice that works particularly well with paintings by museum masters. Maple also provides a beautiful surround for bright contemporary prints, giving modern pieces a timeless appeal.

 

White Maple

 

 

SOFT SILVER

This wooden silver leafed frame showcases a beautiful soft silver finish. Its sharp edges give it the perfect balance, creating a seamless blend of classic and modern.

 

BLACK AND GOLD LEAF FACE

 

 

LINEN FILLERS TO OPTIONALLY ADD TO THE PREVIOUS FRAMES

 

ANTIQUE GOLD LEAF & SILVER LEAF

Gold leaf frames provide a rich museum look that often times serves as a perfect way to integrate the finish of furniture in interior design. We offer frames in gold and in silver that offer a warm metal tone without being too ornate for a perfect classic contemporary look.

 

 

 

 

 

BLACK & GOLD EDGE

When only a small gold accent is needed, this slim black wooden frame adds a touch of luxe without being traditional.

 

 

METAL FRAMES

 

This frame has a very contemporary look as the face of the frame is only a quarter inch

so it appears as a skinny frame when looked face to face, but has depth of 1  3/8 inches.

 

 

THIN BLACK METAL

 

THIN BLACK METAL WITH A SILVER FACE

 

 

SHADOWBOXES

 

When used in a Shadowbox style frame, the elements will be placed as in the profile below:

 

Shadowbox Profile Detail

 

What is a shadowbox?

When a paper print is floated, it is presented in what is currently known a 'Shadowbox'.

The back and the edges of this 'box' are lined with a choice of paper mats in white, off-white or a linen mat with a very discreet texture as our standard. Different colors are available for customized shadowboxes.

A foamboard surface, 2 inches smaller than the print, is placed between the mat and the print, to create a sense of depth and a 'shadow' around the art print.

You have the choice of ordering the edge of the art print torn, also called deckled, or straight.

The following drawing illustrates the different layers of a shadowbox where art prints are raised:

 

 

 

THIN METAL FRAME FOR A SHADOWBOX (1/4 Inch Face)

 

 

WOODEN FRAMES USED FOR A SHADOWBOX

The following frames are deep and have a face of 1 1/18 inches

They have plenty of depth to house the different layers needed to create the sense of depth, and a raised art print.

When presented as a shadowbox, matching mats are used to line the sides and the back of the 'box' where the raised art print, is placed, on a smaller foamboard.

 

This is an example of a shadowbox with a gold leaf frame and a deckled edge print

(a linen mat was used in this particular example).

 

Shadowbox Deckled Edge

 

MATTE WHITE

MATTE BLACK

Black Frame for Shadowboxes, solid wood

NATURAL WOOD

Natural Maple

GOLD LEAF

WARM SILVER

SP Silver

DARK OAK

Dark Wood