How to frame your limited edition prints

So, you have found your favourite print. Maybe it’s the Brenda Floral Portrait that’s stolen your heart. Or perhaps the Rhoeo is the missing piece to your décor. Now for the million dollar question: how are you going to frame these heirloom additions?

Choosing an art print to complete your interior style is only half the challenge. The other half is working out what your framing will look like. That’s why we have created this nifty guide to help you pick out the perfect frame.

Size

First off, you need to make sure any frame you choose will match the size of your print. To make things easier, Lamai Anne’s prints come in standard Australian paper sizes. Keep this in mind if you are ordering a frame internationally – always check the actual dimensions of the frame you are looking to purchase. For example, if you have invested in an A2 sized Tulip Bloom, a frame of the same size is the only way to do the print real justice. And remember that frames are always measured from the inside.

Board

The second part to framing is determining what the artwork will be doing within the frame. Is it going to be right up against the frame, or will it have a border? Do you want it to be floating or flat? The two main board options are mat and mount. The difference between these is that the former sits on top, slightly covering the artwork, while the latter is positioned behind it creating a floating effect. 

The biggest benefit to adding a board is that it helps ensure the longevity of your print by separating the artwork from the glass. It also allows the focal point to remain on the artwork rather than the frame. Plus, if you have a frame that is too large for your print, you can always cut a mat board to fit the frame, creating a window to show off your art. Unlike frames, mat and mount boards are measured from the outside. A professional framer can help take the guesswork out this. Lamai’s A1 prints have a 20mm white border with a torn (deckled) edge. These look fantastic float mounted or box framed (meaning the glass sits off the print). For the A2 prints, Lamai recommends adding a mount board around the frame or choosing a box frame.

Glass

Many commercially available frames will come with glass. Which, unless it’s a really cheap frame, should do the trick in protecting your print from dust and grubby fingers. However, if you want to eventually pass this print on to your grandkids ­– or are hanging them in a spot that gets a particularly large amount of direct sunlight – a better quality glass might be worth considering.

Light and moisture are a print’s worst enemy, so a non-glare or UV filtering glass are good options. Although more expensive than stock standard picture frame glass, these will ensure your print looks as good as the day you bought it. There’s also the plexi option, which means replacing the glass with a type of plastic that also has a UV coating.

Style

From highly decorated and regal to sleek and Scandi, frames come in a huge variety of styles. Unless your interior décor is totally eclectic, avoid choosing a frame that will contrast drastically with either the artwork or the rest of your décor. A jarring frame will take away from the actual artwork and create visual mayhem.

Choose a frame that will complement your print as well as any other furnishings in the room. As a general rule, if your artwork is the statement piece, your frame should low key. Lamai loves simple light oak frames for her prints, but at the end of the day it all comes down to personal preference.

Milena Tsitovitch
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