How to choose the right frame size for your wall art

Have you already found your favorite piece, or just going to do it, you definitely will think about how to frame it? Where to begin? What must you do in order not to be disappointed after? In fact, there is no right size frame for art. You can make with your piece that you want. However, I am here to make your task easier. I’ll talk about some of the rules that will facilitate the choice of frame size.

Standard picture frame sizes

Well… most just use standard size frames. Such frames can be found in stores. Selection of standard sizes can save considerable money than in order to make a frame for Custom sizes. Use the dimensions shown above to choose the frame you need.

Art decorated in a mat and frame looks great. (Paintings made oil or acrylic, usually not framed mat). Why use a mat? There are two reasons. Firstly, mat adds depth and visual appeal. For example, a small image with a large white or light gray mat around it looks great. Colored mat allows accent color of pictures. Furthermore, the mat prevents contact art and glass. This can be important when placing pastel drawing or watercolor. Check out my post The easy way to mount a poster with mat board yourself for more details.

If you have a frame 8 x 10 inches, and the art of the same size, then you will not have a place to have a mat. You have to take a big frame, for example, 11 x 14 inches. Thus, you can put a mat around 8 x 10 picture. How to choose the size of the fields of the mat? Keep in mind, the small field almost does not perform their aesthetic function. In this case, the mat will merge with the frame. I advise you to take the mat with fields 1/3 – 1/2 of the smallest measurement of your picture. This means that if you have a picture of 8 x 10 inches, 8 inches is the smallest dimension of your picture.

Thus, the field should be from 2.7 (8×1/3) inches to 4 (8 inches x1/2) inches on each side. Therefore, the frame size that you need from 13.4 (8 + 2.7 + 2.7) inches to 16 (8 + 4 + 4) inches on the short side and 15.4 (10 + 2.7 + 2.7) to 18 (10 + 4 + 4) inches longer side. Now look at the standard frames size above. The most appropriate size of the frame will be 14×18 inches. Note that these calculations are approximate and not compulsory. This can be used as a starting point for the selection of the frame and mat. I hope now it will be easier to choose a frame for your art.

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