4 Mistakes To Avoid When You’re Framing Photography Prints

If you choose to do the framing for an original art photography print purchased from a company like John O'Hagan Photography, you can contribute some of your own artistic abilities to the interior decor of your home. However, there are a lot of factors that go into successfully framing prints that it's important for you to avoid overlooking.

You can ensure that the results of your framing project meet your expectations by avoiding the following four common mistakes:

Choosing an overly elaborate frame that distracts from the image

The frame you choose should showcase the image rather than stealing the show. There are a lot of gaudy frames out there that might catch your eye when you're frame shopping, but they'll most likely overpower the image you're framing. 

You especially want to avoid an overly elaborate frame if the image itself is particularly complicated. A very elaborate image and frame combination can create an ensemble that is too busy and creates a feeling of visual cacophony. 

Framing according to passing trends

Trends come and go in the world of art photography framing, but you probably want something you'll be satisfied to keep hanging on your walls for years to come.

For example, "face mounting" is a passing trend that involves mounting the photo directly on a piece of plexiglass. While trends like this sometimes temporarily come into fashion, they are often not advisable for long term framing because in years to come they may appear unusual or unattractive.

Also, some trends involve unconventional matting and framing techniques that require acidic materials like adhesives. These materials can damage photograph art prints if the prints are exposed to them for long periods of time.

Being unable to successfully complement the photo image with your framing choices

You should always select a frame with the image you'll be framing constantly in mind. Your frame needs to complement the image and match it in terms of colors and textures.

Neglecting to consider the environment in which the frame will be placed

Your frame doesn't just need to match the print that's going inside. It also needs to match its surroundings. Remember that your frame and photograph are going to have to match up with the wall's color and also the other decor accessories in your interior. 

In the years to come, you may decide to move your frames around and switch up the artwork in the rooms of your home. By opting for a simple frame with a neutral color, you will maximize the chances that you can freely move your photo around between rooms without it clashing with your other interiors.