How to select the best picture frame for your canvas

Written by chris pink on April 3, 2015 in Picture Framing

Getting a family image or holiday photograph printed on a canvas is a fantastic way to put a smile on a loved one’s face and share some memories at a special time.

The way canvases are printed, with the image often wrapped around the sides, means that many people decide not to have the gift framed.

Putting a frame around a canvas can look stunning, though. In this week’s blog let’s take a look at the most suitable picture frames to choose from, and think about where colour fits in, too.

Depth is important

The first important thing to remember is that depth plays a vital part. Some canvases are thin, while others are blocky and sit two or three inches from the wall. Be sure to choose a frame which is deep enough to accept your canvas – simple box frames work very well.

Thinking outside the box!

While the box frame is the go-to option for standard canvases, it is possible to be more adventurous. There’s no reason why your canvas can’t be treated to a more ornate frame, and frames with texture compliment the surface of a canvas very well and continue the theme.

Multi-frame options

Have a canvas that you want to make a real feature of? In that case, it’s entirely possible to put a thin, simple frame round the canvas, and then place a bigger main frame around this.

Doing so really allows the canvas to jump out of the wall, and leads the eye in and out of the art-work beautifully.

Colour is your friend

If you’re trying to achieve a high-contrast look between colourful walls and a colourful canvas, we’d recommend framing with a paler-coloured frame, such as cream.

If your walls are white, though, and you’re looking to make a big impact with your canvas, then it could be a great idea to choose a very bright frame.

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