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The Basics of Framing and Hanging Art

We’ve all been there–staring at a blank wall with a piece of art in our hands. Then, we’d practise our eye for the perfect framing and hanging. The truth is, it’s not easy, and not everybody has enough creative juices to find the ideal spot. But don’t give up! Art experts are on the rescue. 

Here, we’ll tell you the basics of framing and hanging art so you can finally live in peace. That way, you can also explore on your own and find the perfect spots for you!

The Basic Rules

For the record, when we say art, we mean artwork and not expensive masterpieces of heirlooms that need special care. For those pieces, you need expert framers that can accommodate your unique considerations.

Without further ado, let’s begin! Here are four basic rules to art hanging and framing:

  • It Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive Art

You don’t need expensive art to make your interiors beautiful. In fact, most people purchase local and fantastic artwork from online stores, flea markets, and on vacations. In certain circumstances, artwork that we want to hang on the wall may be paintings our children made, vintage posters of our favourite films and artists, sentimental pieces, travel photographs, and even gorgeous quilts that are too fragile to use. 

Whichever of these artwork you have, you don’t need to be intimidated by the process, nor should you spend a fortune hanging and framing them. Just do what you feel should be up on the wall!

  • Frame It Like You Mean It

When you frame a piece of art, think about it for the long haul. You need to use proper materials when framing and hanging to preserve the work for years to come. Use acid-free matting materials and dust covers on the backs of the art piece. 

Aside from a glass layer over the front, you can also use acrylic, which is lightweight and shatterproof. The only disadvantage is that it’s more prone to scratching than glass. Whichever material you use, make sure it’s treated to protect the artwork from ultraviolet rays. 

  • A Special Frame for Canvas

Oil paint on canvas is less prone to damage compared to other artwork. It’s generally hardier and more stable against various environmental elements, such as sunlight. Hanging them without any ultraviolet protection but in indirect sunlight should be fine. 

In addition, you can softly sweep on canvas without the fear of damage. It’s also interesting to see the textured sweeps and paint buildup. Nevertheless, you can skip the glass and the mat for this artwork, but don’t neglect the frame or the moulding. 

  • Solar or Shady Art?

Sensitive artwork like textiles and watercolours not only need a glass with ultraviolet protection and a shaded spot to hang on. Watercolours must be hanged in a well-shaded site, a dim hallway, or a dark bedroom to prevent their colours from getting washed out by the sunlight. 

Final Thoughts

Contrary to popular belief and what the rich have told us, art is for everybody. In fact, art is not only what we find in museums and galleries but also sentimental pieces of art we made or adored over the years. Now, highlight those beauties by caring and finding a good spot for them!

Picture Framing is a custom art framing service in Newtown, New South Wales. Since 1993, we have been Sydney’s leading picture framer, capturing the memories of many customers over the years. We provide a wide range of services, such as custom framing, art and poster mounting, canvas stretching, custom matt cutting, and gallery framing. 

In short, we are Sydney’s one-stop shop for all art-framing needs! Get in touch with us and have your dream piece framed today!