Conservation Framing

We offer the very best materials available for your frame project. Let us help you make it last a lifetime ... or more.

Frame a Memory   Some of the most special moments of our lives are over so quickly. Custom framing allows us to capture those times for you so you can enjoy them for years to come. Whether you have photos and mementos from special events, souvenirs from a trip, a golf score card from your best game ever, or a playbill form that show you finally went to, we can take your memories and turn them into beautiful artwork for your walls.

Choosing A Frame Color   Several methods are used when selecting appropriate frame colors, including: - Match or coordinate a dominant color in the art - Relate to the color temperature of the art. Red, orange and yellow are warm colors so they coordinate with gold or wood tone frames. Blue, green and purple are cool colors and they relate more to silver or gray frames. - For historical pieces, we often suggest using the finish color that would have been used originally when the piece was new. 

Choosing A Frame Style  The style of a 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 okay. We can help you choose a frame that will serve as a bridge between the different styles. For example, 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, instantly updating it. 

Appropriate Frame Width  Many people assume that narrow frame mouldings are for small pictures and larger works of art should be paired with wider frame mouldings. That isn’t always the case. Wider frames can benefit smaller pieces of art by calling attention to them. The width of a frame can also be used to relate the framed art to the scale of your room or furnishings – don’t overpower a room with a frame that’s too large for the space or under-power the artwork with too petite a frame. 

Classic vs. Trendy  Quality framing can last a lifetime. Therefore, we generally avoid trendy looking frame designs that could become dated in a short time. When you provide us with information about your room and your style, we can offer design concepts that look up to date and stylish, but will also have staying power well beyond that of any current trend. If you have art that is becoming dated, we can also work with you to update them to be more appropriate for today as well as tomorrow.

Frame Depth  Our deeper mouldings are used to create shadowboxes when we are framing objects. However, the same mouldings can provide great solutions when framing art on paper, too. When the art is placed forward in the frame, the added depth projects the art towards you. If the art will hang in a niche or bookcase, a deeper frame helps offset those recesses. We can also recess the art into the deeper frame, adding depth and drama. 

Combining Frame Mouldings  For centuries it has been a common practice to combine more than one frame moulding to make a single frame. This technique is called stacking, just like when carpenters stack mouldings when putting finishing touches on a room. Stacking frame mouldings enables us to mix colors or styles to coordinate with your art. This technique also helps us provide you with a frame of a grander scale for a large or special piece.

Liners  A liner is a border used between the art and frame when mats aren’t appropriate. Paintings on canvas and needlepoint are two art forms where liners are often used. Although, the first liners were gilded panels, fabric-wrapped liners are quite common today. Most are neutral in tone, allowing the colors in the art to stand out. Liners come in various profile shapes and widths to create an ideal combination with the desired frame. We can combine liners just like we layer mats, creating a truly custom work of art. 

What is a Float Frame?   A float is a minimalist frame option sometimes used when framing art on canvas. The painting drops into the front of the frame so none of its front surface is covered. This is especially beneficial when the painting continues from the front down the sides of the canvas or when an important part of the subject comes so close to the edge of the art that it would be covered with the lip of a standard frame. As most float frames are very simple profiles, another, more decorative, frame can be added around it to being out the personality of your art. 

Mat Quality   Not all mats are created equally. Mats are made from 100% cotton rag or alpha-cellulose are the best choices. Standard paper mats are highly acidic. They can discolor, much like newspaper. The acid in paper mats also migrates out and can damage the art. We always advise the use of better quality mats, both to protect your art and to prolong the integrity of the frame designs you purchase from us. 

Mat Colors   Mats are available in hundreds of colors, yet the neutral tones tend to be the best sellers. When you use neutral colors, the art generally stands out more. Neutral mat colors will also be easier to place into a new décor when you paint, buy new furniture, or move. However, if you want color, we have mats in all your favorite tones. We’re here to help you select the best color for your next framing project! 

Mat Patterns/Textures   In addition to smooth-surfaced mat boards, we also offer a variety of textures, both in fabric and printed patterns. Fabrics, such as linen, silk or suede can add a sense of elegance and sophistication to your framed art. Some of our other patterns work well as accents to add just a touch of interest to your design. 

Mat Border Widths   Did you know that mat border do more than add color around your art? The original intent of mats was twofold. First was to create a space so the glass wouldn’t come in contact with the art and second was to provide a field of visual relief that prevented the frame from crowding the art and to set the art apart from the rest of the room décor to easily focus on it without distraction. Those concepts are still important today, so keep them in mind. Generously proportioned mat borders will help you present your art, making it look its best. 

Multiple Opening Mats   We are able to custom cut mats with multiple openings to accommodate two or more items in one frame. This is one way to get your family together without any arguments! It is also a great way to frame miscellaneous memorabilia from a vacation or a sporting event such as a Super Bowl or World Series. Another great idea is to place each of your child’s school photos, from every grade, into one frame.

Conservation Glass   As you know, glass protects art by preventing people from touching it. Did you know some glass also offers additional ultra-violet protection that filters out harmful light rays that can cause your art and the mats surrounding it to fade? Conservation grade glass comes in different finishes too. One almost looks like there isn’t any glass at all. You have to see it to believe it! Stop in today and learn more about all of the protective glass options available. 

Reflective or Non-Glare?   Many people assume non-glare glass is better than clear glass because it costs more. The reason it costs more is simply because it goes through an extra process to make it non-glare. It may be the perfect choice for a soft focus bridal portrait or print with a muted color scheme, but when you have a diploma with fine lettering or a colorful graphic piece, you may prefer to use clear glass as it works to keep lines crisp and colors vibrant.