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Framing prints

While a print will always be the main focus when investing in new art, its frame is a subtle yet equally important factor to consider when decorating your home. We asked Catherine Kelly, a consultant at Cape Town-based Framed by Orms, to share the ins and outs of framing prints. Assessing the artwork's environment When a client walks through the door at Framed by Orms, the first question we ask is: 'Where is this artwork going to live?' Each individual frame needs to accentuate and support the artwork whilst still complementing the space around it. Based on their answers, we can then start to assess their options. If your house has a modern interior, the best choice for the artwork is Diasec®, a patented archival mounting method which involves mounting a print between a Dibond aluminium backing and a perspex glass front. This perspex-print-aluminium sandwich results in a borderless presentation, and gives the artwork an incredible three-dimensional effect – unlike regular glass, with perspex glass the light reflects off the print itself instead of refracting off the glass. Another contemporary and trendy framing method is shadow box framing. This is when the artwork is mounted to a raised board inside the frame, creating the illusion that the artwork is floating. We can do this in a number of colours and textures depending on the interior space. The most popular finishes at the moment are natural wood, black and white. The other factors

  • The value of the image. Does it need to be protected and preserved? Archival framing preserves the art over the long term and will help maintain its value.
  • Museum Glass versus non-reflective glass. Although costly, museum glass has a nearly invisible finish and effectively blocks up to 99% of UV light rays so framed pieces remain clearer and brighter for much longer. Non-reflective glass dulls an image slightly and blurs the detail.
  • Duco versus showgrain. When selecting a colour for your wooden frame it is important to decide if you would like the wood's natural grain to show through – this is called ‘showgrain’. If however you would prefer a smooth satin finish then you will request ‘Duco’.
  • We have recently pioneered a new method of finishing our corners to avoid unsightly cracking. This happens mostly in larger Duco-coated frames and we are very excited to have found a solution.
We have many more options to suit all budgets so please do not hesitate to contact one of our consultants. They are passionate about framing and are always willing to explore the various options with you. For more information on framing visit