Helpful Hints: Online Framing August 17 2015

Sometimes the hustle and bustle of getting your pictures framed can be a lot of hard work. With online framing you can skip all that and do everything yourself. Its as easy as placing an order and voila, your art and frame will come to you. Online framing is a way to make your framing experience easier, more convenient and less expensive than visiting a shop. You can even take pictures off your social media accounts and turn them into beautiful high quality framed art for you and your family and friends to enjoy.

The whole process is simple and painless. All you have to do is pick out a piece of art that you want framed; it can be a picture you purchased, a photo you took or artwork that you made yourself, whatever it is that you want framed and on display. Then you visit whatever online framing store you have chosen to work with and pick what size, style and mat you would like. After you have picked your photo and framing style you send it to the online shop of your choice. From there all you have to do is wait for your custom frame to be returned to you. The shop makes the personal frame that you ordered and sends it back when they are done. Easy as that. No wonder online framing is gaining popularity to quickly.


Picking the Perfect Frame March 20 2015

Picking the Perfect Frame

Picking the perfect picture frame to compliment your art may seem like a daunting task. What looks best? Do these colors match? How can I choose the best frame to go along with this piece? So many questions. A few tips will help you to skip the confusion and pick out the best frame for you.

  • Always remember to measure the size of your picture. Don’t forget to include any borders that may be surrounding your art piece as well.
  • Pick out a matting color that you think looks the best with your picture. The matting is the area that surrounds a picture when it is in a frame and it should always be two or three inches larger than the picture itself for basic framing.
  • When picking out a color for the mat there are a few things to keep in mind. Focus on the color scheme in the picture instead of trying to match the room itself. The mat should go well with the art that you are trying to display and that is what you should be focusing on. Look at the elements in the pictures that you want to be most noticeable and pick out a mat that properly executes that. Try to stick to neutral color tones that will not overpower your piece.
  • Next, choose the right size frame. Picking a frame that is too thick for the size of your print may end up overpowering it so always be sure to keep scale in mind.
  • To get the measurements right when purchasing a frame do not forget to include the mat in your order.
  • Another very important factor to keep in mind is to take your time choosing the right style and effect that you want to achieve. Contemporary prints usually go well with sleek style frames while older pieces can handle strong bold frames and shapes. This is the most important factor to consider while choosing how you want to stylize the print and your room.  
Try as many samples as you want to double check color and finishes until you are truly happy with how your piece looks.

Custom Framing Shops Around the US March 05 2015

New York

ROOQ Fine Art and Framing: Found in Manhattan New York ROOQ is a welcoming framing space owned by Jawed Farooqi. Jawed wanted his space to be open and luxurious, so in order to get exactly what he wanted, he built it himself. Not only does he have over 3,000 custom frames to choose from but he also showcases the work of many local artists.

(13 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003)


Miss Q’s Framing & Home Decor: When you step into Miss Q’s the options for your framing needs are endless. Whether you are on a budget or want to splurge and buy a high end frame, your options will sure not be limited. Along with selling vases, mirrors and other decorative accessories Miss Q’s is your one stop shop for all your framing needs.

(1950 N Damen Avenue, Unit 1, Chicago, IL 60647)


Tom Battles Custom Picture Framing: Run by Battles, a graduate with a degree in commercial art, he had started the business as a hobby. Turns out people loved it and it soon became his life. He graciously helps customers find their perfect frames without breaking the bank and as one can tell from reading yelp reviews, he has nothing but positive results.      


(Oak Cliff at 413 N. Tyler St. Dallas, TX 75208)


Allen Custom Frame: At this shop they do everything from design and frame to deliver and installation and the pride themselves on being a full service framing shop. With a rich history beginning from 1912, Allen Custom Frame has had years of experience in perfecting the art of framing.

(4620C Wisconsin Ave. N.W. Washington DC 20016)

San Francisco

Framed & Cornered: With thousands of frames to choose from and hundreds of mat color options Framed & Cornered is a go to shop for providing plenty of framing necessities. If you are in a rush this is a great option since they provide same day service when needed. Their main promise is to protect your art pieces to keep them is top notch quality for year to come, with many happy customers it seems that they are pretty good at keeping their promise.

(695 San Jose Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110)

Los Angeles

Ballards Artwork Framing: Ballards is both a framing shop as well as a gallery that hosts events throughout the year. With a staff of passionate and helpful artist a visit to Ballards is guaranteed to be a satisfying experience. Not only can you go there to get your art beautifully framed, but you can stop and stay a while and take in the magnificent art gracing the walls already.

(1568 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026)