Framing Advice

What makes a Bespoke Harrison Lord Picture Frame special?

As professional framers we offer a huge range of colours. Also remember what metals are used in a room, if you have light switches, table lamps and fire surrounds in stainless steel then look at silver, pewter picture frame mouldings rather than brass or gold. Since your living room maybe your largest room this where to hang large eye-catching artwork, remembering the more eye-catching it is the greater the viewing distance you should allow.

If you home is modern you can go for a big picture emphasised perhaps with a picture light. This gives an otherwise featureless wall a lift. A gallery wall of smaller pictures can have the same effect.

A custom picture frame is all about discovering what suits the art. We consider everything. Where will it be displayed? What level of protection is needed? What your goals are for the project?

There are many questions and details that can guide the process. The outcome is a frame entirely customised to you.

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Glass Options – We offer regular glass as standard in our frames, with higher grade options to choose from including ‘Gallery Glass’ which has an anti-reflective property to make your artwork sing or glazing with anti-scratch coatings.

Artglass AR 99™ is the highest performance anti-reflective glass with 99% UV protection. The “invisible” glass ensures neutral reflection colour and helps prevent the treasured keepsake from fading. Artglass™ ranks the highest in the market of anti-reflective glass and now its successor Artglass AR 99™ combines superb clarity with the best possible UV protection highly valued among industry professionals and museums. Preserve the true color, texture and beauty of framed artwork. Artglass AR 99™ is your perfect choice for picture framing!

Mount board You can choose from many colour options all are acid-free 'Conservation' boards which are most commonly used to protect your artwork. The window, an aperture in the mount, is usually cut with a bevelled edge. The glass is on one side of the aperture and the artwork is on the other, creating an air gap the thickness of the mountboard. Because it covers the edges of the artwork, a window mount can be useful for cropping or levelling an image. This style of frame is used to display water-colours, photographs, prints, etc. Double Mount - A Double Mount provides an inner border around the artwork. General advice is to choose a darker, contrasting colour to the top mount, and one that also complements the colours in your artwork. Two layers of mount board can used to add an architectural depth to an otherwise flat piece of work. One layer can be raised to enhance the effect and add a shadow gap. Multi Aperture Mount - This mount has a number of windows cut into the board. Useful for organising collections of items, emphasising text descriptions or masking sections of artworks.

Mount board You can choose from many colour options all are acid-free ‘Conservation’ boards which are most commonly used to protect your artwork.

Single Mount. – This type of mount is used to protect water-colours, photographs, prints from touching the glass. positioned over the edges of the art, a window mount can be a good way to tidy or crop an artwork without the need to cut it. 

Double Mount – A Double mount provides an inner border around the artwork. Generally, choose a darker contrasting colour to the top mount, and one that complements or contrast with the colours in the artwork. A double mount can be used to add depth and interest to an otherwise flat piece of work. The mounts can be spaced to enhance the effect and add a shadow.

Multi Aperture Mount – This mount has a number of windows cut into the board. A good way for displaying collections of items, such as family montages, postcards or a selection of your favourite holiday photographs.

Close mounting is a way of displaying an artwork with no visible mount. The artwork is first taped to a piece of mountboard of the same size before being placed directly into a frame.

Box frame – float mount – Box frames use a spacer or fillet between the glass and the mountboard to create a void large enough to hang the art without it touching the glass.

With float mounting, the artwork is kept in front of the mountboard so it is entirely visible. This is most effective when the edges of the paper need to be seen, such as the rough deckled edges handmade papers

Tray frame – This method can be used to frame works on canvas or on board. It can also be modified for glazing. The edges of the artwork should be neatly finished, and are best painted to the same colour as the mounting board.

Moat tray frame – This method of framing is most often used for canvasses, but can be adapted for paintings on board.

Double Slip Frame – This is a contemporary style of framing, using two different frames, a broad outer frame usually with a neutral narrow inner frame.

The overall effect of a well framed piece of art can be as substantial as curtains or lighting and probably cheaper. It’s the location and frame style of a picture that can make or break a room. Like all aspects of decorating there are a few simple rules to follow.

The way pictures are displayed can either create an illusion of space, height or bring everything together with a cosy feel.

In a hallway or corridor multi aperture frames are an excellent way of displaying photo’s or a collection of postcards to add a personal feel. The addition of a mirror can add light where there’s a dark area, whilst a row of matching framed prints or photo’s will add width to a narrow corridor, as well as creating interest on a long blank wall. Make sure everything is hung at viewing height that’s level with your eyes and mirrors don’t reflect ugly fittings like thermostats or heating switches.

Moving on to the living area, art can be used to define different areas, lock onto accent colours and create a personal stylist’s finishing touch.