Consider the frame as the bridge between the image and the space it lives in.
Images are as different as the spaces and the people who live in them. So I prefer that each individual chooses a frame for the image, their space, and their tastes.
My preference is for framing that doesn’t draw attention away from the statement of the image with an even more dramatic statement. I like an understated frame that sets the image off from its surroundings elegantly with a generous white matt that rather than being cramped surrounds the image graciously.
I frame all of my images in a contemporary brushed steel with white matts, but then I live in white rooms with contemporary furniture and my prints often go into contemporary galleries. I’ve seen my work framed in white washed natural wood, cherry, black, white, and even gold where each worked exceptionally well for the images and the spaces they were displayed in. Your space has a unique character and so I recommend you choose what you think the best addition to it is.
I highly recommend using archival acid free mounting materials. I prefer to use cloth hinges to hang prints in matts rather than dry-mounting them to board or using adhesives; many claim to be archival but are not and they often invite and make future conservation much more difficult. My goal is to be able to remove all of the matting and framing easily with no damage to the print; the framing is replaceable, the art is irreplaceable.
I recommend high quality anti-glare museum glass or plexi-glass as it reduces distracting reflections. If you choose UV retardant glass or plexiglass remember that only the highest quality does not have a subtle green appearance.
I highly recommend quality light – and enough of it. My prints are optimized for 3500K, most halogen light sources are close to this. I prefer full spectrum lighting (I use Solux.) to richly render all of the colors. Displaying your prints in the best light will truly make them shine.
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