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Tips For Framing and Hanging Art

7 Tips For Creating a Killer Art Gallery

You've finally purchased the art print you've been pining for, but haven't gotten around to hanging it yet. Sound familiar? If the answer is yes, we're here to help! After discovering Framed & Matted, a great online resource for affordable framing and matting, we decided to catch up with founders Chrissy and Matt Droessler for tips on how to make any piece of art look gallery-worthy.

Chrissy and Matt's Tips For Creating a Gallery Wall

  • Group various sizes to fill an awkward space: If you have a piece you'd like to hang above a sofa, but it doesn't quite fill the space, add smaller frames on either side to balance the center frame.
  • Choose matching frames for a streamlined look: If you're hanging a group of art and are afraid that the works look too random together, use the same frame to make them appear more cohesive.
  • Mix frames for an eclectic look: Don't be afraid to mix old and new. You will be surprised how nice the contrast of a modern white frame can look next to an antique wood frame.
  • Start in the middle: Want to build your gallery wall over time as you find new things to cherish? Start with one anchored work in the center and build out the frames from there. This way, the wall never looks unfinished, and you have time to collect and find your treasures.

Keep reading for tips on choosing the right mat and frame and more!

Chrissy and Matt's Tips For Choosing a Frame and Mat

  • The foolproof formula: The framing should enhance what is being framed and bring viewers' eyes to the artwork, not distract them. You can't go wrong by sticking with classic frames and mats.
  • The adventurous formula: You can also pick your frame and mat color by either matching the artwork or by matching and enhancing the color scheme of the room.

Chrissy and Matt's Tips For Becoming Your Own Pro

  • The DIY route: Inserting your artwork into your frame isn't as hard as you may think and can be a great way to save money.

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ali-j ali-j 3 years
Good tips! So far I've been matching the frames to the individual pieces, but trying to stick to a unified theme (dark brown/black wood in the living room, metallics in the bedroom).
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