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If you are looking for a picture frame to mount a special picture or painting in, the best choice may be to purchase a custom wood picture frame for the artwork. An individual’s choice in framing treasured family portraits, vacation pictures, landscape photos, oil paintings or a poster is a personal design statement and should enhance and complement the work of art. The frame that surrounds the picture is as much a piece of art as the picture itself.
Art enthusiast, artists, photographers and collectors of fine artwork, oil paintings, originals, giclee, prints or canvas realize the importance of the frame design and how it can increase the value of the piece of art. These collectors usually have originals or limited editions of custom framed art displayed throughout their home. True custom picture frames are usually made for more expensive pieces of fine art and paintings. To preserve fine art pictures, special materials and matting are used to prolong the life of the art.
Interior designers and decorators also search for new designs in custom picture frames to use to decorate and coordinate the other design objects within the room. Larger artwork mounted on a wall is usually the main focal point of the room and the picture frame is as much a design element as the picture it holds.
Many frame companies offer custom picture frames and there are differences in what is considered custom made. The term “custom” can have different meanings pertaining to woodwork, furniture and custom wood accessories like picture frames. Custom made means the complete wood product is made to the design, size and color you choose. Many times this is confused with the term “semi custom” which is the custom assembly of stock wood parts or picture mouldings cut to your requirements. Semi custom frames are usually cut from one piece moldings that are prefinished wood or a soft wrapped material with a thin layer of vinyl veneer or laminate and then cut to size and fitted together with a miter joint. This type of picture frame is popular and there are hundreds of choices to fit into any décor. Frame manufacturers can yield the most from this type of stock picture mouldings and keep their inventory down by offering cut to size special orders. These frames are fine for most people but there are alternatives for framing that special piece of wall art.
If you have ever visited an art museum or art exhibit you may have noticed that many of the paintings are mounted in ornate custom picture frames which are very unique and intricate. Ornate styles are fine as long as they don’t overwhelm the art object and attract more attention than the picture itself. Consider where the picture frame will be hung and coordinate or accent the colors with the existing furniture and furnishings. The wood stain colors of the furniture and frame don’t have to match exactly but should have a similar tone. If you are considering having a custom wood frame built there will be many choices in species of woods, stain colors and special finishes like faux and glazing. Most custom cabinet and furniture makers can help you with the choices and show you samples of the wood finishes they offer.
Custom picture frames made to order are usually built with different layers and shapes of wood trim and then assembled unfinished. After the frame is assembled the wood finishing process is started with sanding and then applying sealers, stains, antiquing, faux, or specialty finish before final coats. Some popular design styles are contemporary, traditional, country, mission, western, driftwood, shaker, driftwood, distressed wood and metal frames. If you are using small to mid size frames like 8x10 or 11x14, try placing pictures together in groups of two or three to make them more interesting. Larger sizes like 16”x20”, 20”x30” and 24”x36” can stand alone or have smaller pictures hanging on either side. Consider this before you purchase a custom frame to decide if you want to have smaller matching picture frames made at the same time.