Ideas on How to Frame+Display…


how-to-frame-a-picture-&-hang-artwork how-to-frame-a-picture-command-strips-easy-picture-hanging artwork for Boo's room

I find hanging artwork & pictures one of the hardest things to do in our home! Not least because the walls in this house are like steel & the plaster flakes off, but I also find choosing frames & deciding on a layout a struggle…

Boo was given this gorgeous original Quentin Blake print for her birthday, but as my Dad didn’t want to choose a frame for us, we needed to find one ourselves…

I’ve always been lucky in the past that original artworks have been handed down or purchased with frames, & if I choose prints or posters, I tend to go for standard sizes so it’s easy to find reasonably priced frames that fit (usually Ikea). Things that aren’t standard size tend to get put away as I am, quite literally, scared of the cost of framing stuff & making a mistake in choosing! But this was such a special gift that I knew I needed to get it sorted asap.

So, when got in touch, I was more than happy to try out their service, and I have to say, I’ve been genuinely impressed with the service, quality of frame we chose, and how easy it was to order (you just choose your frame & finish, whether you want a mount or not, pop your dimensions in, & it gets delivered within a week or so). For a bespoke frame, I think the costs are really pretty reasonable too, and I’ll be taking another look at frames for some of those prints I’ve had stashed away…

For Boo’s picture, I chose a clean & simple white wooden frame (that’s pretty much my standard choice!) For more advice on frame choice, check out these expert tips on how to frame a picture over on the Etsy blog (there’s also an eFrame discount on offer until Dec.10th 2014).

As far as hanging goes, since our walls are so hard (and I change my mind alot!), I tend to go for Command picture strips as they’re easily removable & don’t require making any holes. They’re also great if you’re in a temporary or rented space as they don’t leave a trace behind. Our Belle & Boo print (another special piece) came ready to be hung so I used these kind of hooks (hence the hammer, in case you were wondering) which work pretty well in our case too.

I can’t decide yet whether this wall will eventually become a gallery wall or whether I’ll keep things simple…it took me enough time to decide on side by side, stepped, or vertical as it was!

I’d love to get a little braver with with my framing & display choices, how about you? Do you go bold and big, or clean & simple; gallery, statement or symmetrical? x

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Comments (3)

  1. Cat | The Triple Triangle

    I think how you’ve handled the artwork looks lovely. I’m a bit of procrastinator when it comes to prints. For years me and the hubs never bought anyone else’s work, mainly because he’s a designer and I’m a photographer. Over the past year or so we have started to buy work of others and we have made a gallery wall in our living room. Unfortunately I still have a lot left to frame and hang!

    I may end up filling the holes, re-painting and starting again though once I’ve got off my back side! ha. I like to change things a lot too so nothing ever stays in one place that long. Great idea about the command strips.

    I tend to try and buy standard size prints and then pop to ikea and get the stromby frames. For any irregular sizes we go to our local framers who does us a good deal. Sometimes they have far too much choice but we stick to simple.

    1. sarah-lou - Post author

      Great that you’ve built a strong local relationship…your photography is lush & look forward to a cuppa & a good read of your loverly blog x

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