How to choose the right frame
- by Nathan Lamb
- February 08, 2021
- 3 min read
A good quality frame like the hand-finished frames we offer with our prints not only enhances the image you have chosen but protects your artwork, preserving it for many years to come. All of our prints have four options for frames so you can find the perfect one but sometimes it can be difficult to choose. To help here's your step-by-step guide to choosing the perfect frame.
Choose a complementary colour
Picking the right colour and finish of the frame can do wonders to emphasise the image it contains but it should also complement your interior style. When choosing a frame you should take some time to consider the overall look of your space how your new artwork will relate to the objects and art around it and decide what aesthetic you want to achieve
King and McGaw source all of the material for their hand-finished frames from sustainably managed forests in the Northern American states, where the temperate climate ensures a slow growth rate. This produces timber that has a consistent colour and grain making it ideal for picture framing. The timber is milled in the UK and each frame is finished by hand in their workshop before being carefully packed and set out for you to enjoy.
Black stained ash
The classic option goes with pretty much everything in our collection. If you like to see the grain of the wood, these hand-stained ash frames have a beautiful artisan touch. The responsibly sourced solid ash frame, with a black stain and hand-polished coloured wax that gives a deep lustre.
For a lighter touch that can help the frame itself blend into lighter coloured walls, the responsibly sourced, solid wood satin frame offers a minimalist look that is perfect for contemporary prints, photography with a neutral colour palette. The smooth white satin finish is applied by hand.
Gold Gilt Solid Pine
For a touch of the traditional, perfect for older homes you can opt for our Gold gilt frame. Perfect for older prints this responsibly sourced solid pine frame, is hand-painted and shows a small amount of grain for a vintage feel.
For a warmer touch and a bit of scandi chic a natural oak frame is a classic and tasteful choice that works particularly well with bold prints, bright contemporary prints, giving modern pieces a timeless appeal. A finishing wax is applied by hand, creating a satin finish that emphasises the character of the timber
Some prints look better without a mount like our performance artwork prints which come unmounted as this is how they were intended to be displayed when they were designed.
For our other prints King and McGaw opt for an acid-free mount-board with a white-core that means the cut bevel-edge nearest the print remains crisp and white; lesser quality boards quickly discolour so you can see an unattractive yellowed edge. They also bevel the edges on their mount board at a deeper gradient than many high street stores, making the mount-board appear thicker and your chosen artwork even more special.
All framed prints that leave King & McGaw have been quality checked by their talented team and hand sign the back of every framed print that leaves our workshop.
Hopefully this helped but if your still stuck check our our other how to guides but if your ready to chose jump straight back to our bestsellers below.