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Tips to Choose The Right Custom Frame: A Beginner’s Guide

Some people claim that getting something custom framed can be intimidating, but we disagree. While it requires a lot of decision making, it’s not a chore when you work with a professional consultant trained to make great recommendations. We’re here to help you every step of the way.

Tips to Choose The Right Custom Frame: A Beginner’s Guide

1 – Be open-minded

The first thing we do when we sit down with someone new helps them get past the idea that what they have is “wrong” or “bad.” We work with everyone from amateur photographers to people who have a priceless collection of art that has been in the family for generations.

2 – Framing doesn’t have to be expensive

In the past, the rule of thumb has been the more expensive the art, the more expensive the frame. That’s not always the case. We can save you money on framing by cutting out the middleman and ordering directly from the frame manufacturer. Plus, we don’t charge a “handling” fee on custom-framed pieces.

3 – Know what style you’d like

If you’re not sure what you want, that’s okay. We have hundreds if not thousands of options for you to choose from. If you’re starting from scratch, don’t hesitate to ask for help.

4 – Your pieces don’t have to be in the same style

In fact, we encourage it. One of the most important things you can have in your home or office is variety. It creates a sense of energy and interest that you can’t get from a space filled with the same style frame. Let us help you build a fantastic custom collection.

5 – Consider your space

If you’re working with a small space, a gallery quality frame may not be the best option for you. But, if you’re working with a larger space, those same frames will not overwhelm the space.

6 – Think about how you want to display the piece

You may have pieces that you’d like to show off stand-alone, but there are also pieces that are part of a collection. Placing them on the same style frame will help them blend together, even if they aren’t exact matches.

7 – Work within your budget

We work with a lot of people with varied budgets, but we all have them. If your budget is more modest, we can help you find the right style while making it a custom frame. If you have a larger budget, we can build an amazing custom frame that will showcase your art perfectly.

8 – Buy from a reliable frame shop

Never be afraid to ask questions. A framing shop that isn’t open to queries and questions is a sign they are selling a service, not a product. A frame shop that stands behind its product and attempts to answer every question is a sign you’ve found a quality shop.


The most important thing to remember is to have fun with it. Whether you’re getting something custom-framed to honour a family member or to fill out a blank wall in your home or office, your piece deserves to be showcased in the way that best tells its story. Hiring a professional to help you tell that story correctly is the first step to making that happen.

If you need art framing in Sydney, come to Picture Framing. Based at Newtown, we have framed the memories of many customers over the years. Offering sound advice and a wide range of quality products, we can help you achieve your dream framed piece.