It is my opinion that fine art landscape and nature photography is an incredibly dynamic medium that deserves to be experienced to be truly appreciated. Finishing your limited edition print with a rich, luxurious wooden frame adds depth, meaning and permanence to the work itself.
Professional custom framing will take an art piece to a whole new level of sophistication, adding elegance to the environment in your home with the ability to remain eclectic in design on its own, or to blend with your interior décor and architecture.
If you are considering custom framing for your large photography print but the thought of choosing a frame makes you intimidated by the sheer number of options, rest assured that the process is very simple where I provide professional assistance from the start.
There is no need for the inconvenience and expense of searching online for custom framers, as I fully provide this service for any image in my collection.
It is one of the best decisions you can make toward enhancing, personalizing and adding value to your art.
Which Print Styles Are Available With Framing?
Lumachrome® TruLife® Acrylic prints are my most highly recommended print style, and are also available with a full range of custom external frames, in which case we delete the normal recessed floating frame and add a custom external frame which incorporates a 'D-ring' hanging system.
Note that the Fujiflex® Metal and ChromaLuxe® HD prints styles are both fabricated as frameless only. I do not offer external framing for these prints, however it is possible to order them without the hidden floating frame, as explained below.
Can You Frame A Fujiflex® Metal Or ChromaLuxe® HD Print Yourself?
The short answer is yes, it is possible. But it is important to note that these print styles are intended to be presented frameless, meaning that a recessed floating frame is normally attached to the rear of the print which becomes invisible after hanging, creating the illusion that the artwork is 'floating' on your wall.
If you intend to externally frame your Fujiflex® metal or ChromaLuxe® HD print yourself after you receive it, you must contact me at the time of ordering so that I can be sure the rear floating frame is deleted, and the signature/edition number is relocated accordingly so that your frame will not obscure it.
Your own framer will then attach alternative hanging hardware to the external frame. Also note that placing glass over these print styles is not recommended or required.
Alternatively, if you desire a framed artwork I highly recommend that you consider a Charity Edition framed Lumachrome® TruLife® acrylic print instead, as I have full access to the entire catalogs offered by Italian framing experts Roma® and Omega® which are explained in full detail below.
This will save you the time-consuming and often inconvenient process of hiring an expensive third-party framer with the additional risk that your print may be damaged in the process.
Store-bought Versus Custom Framing
You may be familiar with the typical pre-manufactured photo frames and mat board that can be purchased at many big box stores, found in a variety of standard sizes to fit most photographs or poster prints. The purpose of the matting is to give your art a more finished look.
These frames are usually made with inexpensive wood, metal, or plastic materials and may not be acid-free, which can damage or yellow your artwork over time.
Also, the sheet of glass that is usually included in the kit may add distracting glare, and rarely has any ultraviolet light protection, which can lead to fading and discoloration of the art.
Gallery-Quality Custom Framing
The images below show the dramatic differences in quality and construction of a custom framed Charity Edition Lumachrome® TruLife® acrylic print.
First, there is no glass required because the face of the photograph is covered with TruLife® acrylic, which is extremely durable, scratch resistant, and offers 99% UV protection while vastly eliminating reflections and glare.
The linen liners are made of wood and covered with linen cloth, which provides additional depth, beauty, and an overall finished look to the art piece. Note that when you order a framed print, you do not necessarily need to include a linen liner; it simply depends on the look and style that you are trying to achieve.
Once the print, linen liner, and frame are assembled, the rear of the print is then covered with an archival fabric whose role is to prevent dust and contaminants from damaging the print as well as providing a museum-quality, finished look to the art piece.
Two strong D-rings on the back of the print are used for the hanging system which combine with hooks that will be placed on your wall, as seen in this special mounting tutorial for framed prints.
Italian Handmade Frames By Roma® and Omega®
For decades, Italian framing experts Roma® and Omega® have been producing world-class handmade wooden frames coveted by leading artists and photographers worldwide. These talented artisans consistently push the boundaries of quality and design to produce a vast collection of products with passion and skills that are handed down through generations.
We have access to the full catalogues of framing from both of these amazing manufacturers to produce gallery-quality nature photography artworks that are elegant, unique, and personalized to your own style or home décor.
Finally, when you opt for a Charity Edition framed Lumachrome® Trulife® acrylic print, not only will you receive professional assistance in choosing the right frame, you will also be taking advantage of the extensive selection of premium materials that each company offers to produce an artwork with the style, luxury and refinement that brings your home to life.
Keeping It Simple: My Recommendations
I understand that the sheer number of options available for a custom frame can be overwhelming. The good news is that I am here to streamline the process and make it as simple as possible.
To that end, below I have curated some of the most beautiful, elegant and popular frames available from both Roma® and Omega® which are sure to spark your creativity.
Keep in mind that the possibilities are vast, but rest assured you will gain confidence in choosing the right frame for your art piece after viewing these selections.
Above, this coastal sunset image was printed at 40"x40". The exquisite frame is a Roma® Tabacchino 4-inch scoop in the 'Dark Ash' color. The linen liner is the 3-inch flat/beveled edge style in black. The total dimensions of the piece after framing is approximately 54 inches square.
This winter scene is printed at 32"x40". The frame is an Omega® 4" Light Aluminum scoop coupled with a 2-1/2" white linen liner. Although the coloring may look like metal, these frames are made of wood. Note how the frame and liner combination compliment the cool winter tones in a fresh and striking manner. Overall dimensions after the framing are 44"x52".
For this waterfall photograph above, there is no linen liner, and the print is mounted such that it appears to 'float' within the frame. There is a 1/4" gap all the way around the acrylic, for a unique and creative look. The frame is a Roma® Lavo in Matte Charcoal, and the ripples in the wood accentuate the textures in the rocks and water of the image. A perfect example of how you can tap your creativity and think outside of the box.
A Final Note
Every fine art photograph deserves a beautiful frame, which adds sophistication, elegance, and value to your art. Although choosing a frame may seem intimidating initially, rest assured that in most cases, the process is as simple as a few quick messages to exchange ideas.
When ordering a Charity Edition framed print, simply message me first through my contact form, and I will guide you through the process. Sometimes sharing a simple picture of your space is all we need to narrow down the choices. Either way, it is a rewarding experience to have your vision fulfilled in a stunning art piece that you will cherish.
Remember that the fine art frames presented here are only a small selection of available framing, although it has been my experience that these choices are some of the most beautiful and elegant which are sure to fulfill most interior styles.
If you would like to search the full catalogues of available product, feel free to view all of the Roma® frames here. Use the 'Refine Your Search' menu to narrow down your choices.
You can also search the catalogue of Omega® framing here.
Now that you have the tools and some knowledge of fine art framing, let your creativity guide you and enjoy the journey.
Charity Edition fine art prints are expertly crafted to last a lifetime and beyond, with a brilliance and warmth that creates a breathtaking focal point in any room of your home or office.