Best Ready-Made Picture Frames and how to frame them

It’s like shopping for a well-dressed, friendly, environmentally conscious UNICORN that makes a mean stir fry and washes your car for you.

They practically don’t exist.  Super elusive, expensive and annoying to buy.

But we need them to conquer our gallery wall fantasies and our family photo sharing dreams.  

I can’t wait to make my millions with my attractive and affordable ready-made, LARGE SCALE frames. BILLIONS EVEN. Move over Donald Trump. Sionara, Bill Gates.  It’ll be the facebook of framing. The ‘skinny girl margarita’ of wall decor.  

But until then i’m sharing what i use for ready-made frames that are the best for the price.  The ones that look expensive but aren’t – ish. 

Be prepared to spend some money – perhaps even more than what you are framing. It sucks, but not framing things isn’t an option for me anymore – its become an addiction.  

it’s like not wearing makeup. Sure i can go without it; its physically possible but its not pretty.  Put simply, i’ll look 1 thousand times better with it on.  It just takes some effort, time and money. Like framing. 

1. Framatic Fineline frames in white or black

 

Fineline 16x20 Wht Frame with 11x14 Shadow Mt Open

This picture does NOTHING for them, but they are really really great in person.  They look really high end and gallery-like but are under $50 including the mat. And they have this patented ‘framelock’ corner joining system on the back which makes is extremely easy to install the photos (as opposed to the Nielsen brand where you have to unscrew 8 screws….).  

Hands down my favorite.  The mats look high end, the frames themselves look expensive and they aren’t.  The largest one they have is 16×20 which has a mat for an 11×14 piece of art.  But all the sizes are great.  They range from $15 – $30 From A.I. Friedman in New York.  Order online HERE.

See? The double matting looks great and the frame is thin and smart. I’m not the biggest fan or really wide frames – i like them deep but not wide.  Unless they are large scale and then they can be deep and wide.  

That’s what she said.  

(Welcome back to 2008.)

I wish i could find a picture of the back, its so genius.  

2. Framatic Woodworks Frames.

I love the blonde wood frames. They have more texture and dimension than just white, but are still light and look Way more high quality than the ikea natural frames. 

WOODWORKS 16X20/11X14 ESP

They range from $18 – $30 (for the 16×20 – frame, not mat opening) From A.I. Friedman as well (and maybe other places but i have yet to find in Los Angeles…although i haven’t tried Blick yet.) Order HERE. 

3. Nielsen ‘Photography’ Frames (that’s the line that i like) 

These pictures don’t do them justice AT ALL either:

PHOTOGRAPHY 11X14/5X7 FRM

In person they are very pretty and simple, with a good deep profile and a really thin metal frame with thick archival matting and uv protectant glass.  These are higher quality than the Framatic fineline, BUT they don’t come in white (its like TV’s – someone is under the impression that we actually want to ‘see’ the frames and the TV, when really I want it to disappear and let the art pop – and the tv image….unless you have a dark wall, obviously, or a lot of black accents in your house…..)

These range from $25 – $31 (cheaper online than in the store, but then you have to pay for shipping).  You can order here. 

Also don’t be afraid to paint the frames – that is why god invented white and gold spray paint.

4. Pottery Barn Wood Gallery oversized mat frames.

Sometimes i think that the size of the mat is out of control. BUT sometimes you have something that is important to you that is small and you want to give it more importance so these are a good option. Also mixed in with thinner matted frames and they look really good.  

Plus they come in three finishes. 

Alternate View

They range from $47 – $55 which will add up, but way cheaper than custom framing.  Link HERE. 

5. Pottery Barn Lee Gallery silver frames

For the more traditional look, these are still modern and elegant; albeit even more expensive.  

Lee Gallery Frames

They look expensive and high end.  I hate that i keep using that phrase like its so important that something look ‘expensive’, but i just hate when something that is cheap looks cheap – some thing that is well designed can look expensive but not be inexpensive.  Cheap looking frames look like a dorm-room and instantly dumb down an entire collection. 

6. West Elm Gallery frames.

Detailed View

They come in three different finishes and range from $!2 – $44.  I don’t see them at the store very often so you might have to order online.    These aren’t as deep as i like them, but they are great to mix in with others.  The frames and mats are good proportions. 

7. Ikea ‘Ribba‘ line. 

These suckers are super cheap and good.  The have a good deep profile that feels modern and simple and when mixed in with say the framatic frames they don’t look cheap.  

RIBBA Frame IKEA Shadow box frame. The image can sit against glass or be recessed. The mat enhances the picture and makes framing easy.

I particularly love this square ones (i think its 20×20) for $19.99  I’ve even had a mat cut for 4 polaroids and i floated them in the middle.  It looked totally custom and expensive.

 

RIBBA Frame IKEA The mat enhances the picture and makes framing easy. PH-neutral mat; will not discolor the picture.

All the other sizes are good. The mat is yellower than i want it to be, but its totally fine. And the super large one (above) that holds is 28×40  is a good ‘i’m super desperate’ solution for $25, but its kinda a piece of crap so don’t think its going to live out your framing fantasies. But often it can be ‘Meh, (shrug) good enough.’ 

I love this size, too:

RIBBA Frame IKEA Shadow box frame. The image can sit against glass or be recessed. The mat enhances the picture and makes framing easy.

5×5 (i think) for $9.99.  The squares are great to mix in with rectangles – the collected look is all about contrast in shape size and finish, so these are a good cheap way to get that look.  

The natural wood is good too, but mix it in – it looks kinda cheap so if you do a whole wall it will scream ‘ikea’ and as much as we all love ikea, we don’t want our homes to scream it.  Plus nobody will understand what they are saying because they say weird things like ‘roplenploo’ and ‘nolfblaterson’. 

RIBBA Frame IKEA The mat enhances the picture and makes framing easy. PH-neutral mat; will not discolor the picture.

8. Nielsen Cosmopolitan frame in ‘Gold’ and ‘Satin Black’

 

COSMOPOLITAN GLD 16X20 FM

The finish is great. Its brushed gold, not the crazy shiny brassy gold that looks super cheap. These have slightly a more traditional bent because they curve in, but they are still simple and modern.  The 16×20’s are still only $31.  HERE. 

9. Photo mounting via bumblejax.com

Now i feel weird saying this is a good option when i haven’t done it myself. But i think that if you have the right photo (something more interesting and personal than say a yellow taxi-cab, but not so much a posed family photo) then it could be awesome – especially in a custom-size and with the acrylic frame option – so its all high gloss and pretty.  

These can be expensive so choose your photo wisely.  And go big so it looks more like a piece of high end art..  They give you a 30×40 option, which is $400 for the acrylic.  And they do square options as well which means that you can upload your instagrams. 

Be a bit careful choosing the photo – make sure its timeless and not too hipster because i’m afraid these could be the next ‘canvas wrapped photo’ which are kinda done.  A beautiful photograph or a sentimental photograph is always a good choice and is timeless, but something that just ‘looks cool’ could end up just looking like you are trying to be artsy which you might get sick of in a couple years. And they are too expensive to be something you get sick of fast. 

But this option is still way less expensive than framing a 30×40 photograph.  And they do custom sizes and other finishes.

I’m going to try it and see what i think….just trying to find the right photo.  I’m thinking one of the bear…in the moonlight….

Here are some additional tips and secrets:

1. If you buy a vintage frame from the flea market you can take it to a framers and have them add matting and glass and backing.  It wont’ be cheap, but it will look custom and unique, and cheaper than the entire custom framing job.  I would say it could be around $100 but there are a lot of variables.  

2. if you buy a ready made cheap frame and you want to make it look more high end, take it to a framers and have them cut you a linen or silk mat instead of a paper one. it looks immediately more high end.  I do this all the time.  For the most impact get a colored linen mat – the paper ones look cheap but a colored one can be really beautiful and then you see the texture of the fabric more.  

Make sure that its working with the colors in the piece, you don’t want the mat to stand out, you want it to compliment the art or photo.  

3. Art supply stores have a million different color and finishes of mats and if you don’t care about it being archival then they can be as cheap as $5.  Then you ask them to cut it for you – and often they’ll do it for like $10.  Sometimes they won’t, i’m not guaranteeing it, but if you ask nicely they might – it just takes them a second. The framing stores probably wo’t’ do this for you but the bigger art supply stores are more likely to.  I’ve done it a bunch.  

4. If you don’t want to get the mat cut, don’t be afraid to simply float the piece in front of the mat. I don’t always love this look but sometimes when the edges of a watercolor for instance are really pretty then i like to show it.  

5. Double matting can be tricky and over-decorative. But double white mat, or tone on tone can look way more special – just don’t get too nutty or it goes 80’s decorator really fast. 

6. You can spray paint any frame. Hell you can spray paint anything.  Montana has the best colors and finishes. You can get a gold that looks like brass – its dope.  Just tape it off with blue tape, stay 10 inches back and do even strokes, back and forth – probably 2 coats. 

7. Most framing stores have a price code system – like a – z on the back of the frame that corresponds with how expensive it is.  So ask what their system is so you aren’t falling in love with something that is $1000 for an 8×10, because they exist.  They’ll tell you to stay between A-D and then you’ll know your parameters.  

8. Frame for the piece not for your home.  As a designer or decorator or stylist, whatever i am, of course i want it to look the best in the house, but make sure the frame looks perfect for the piece no matter what house its in.  You are investing in the framing to enhance the piece, so ‘Frame for the art, not your house’ and you’ll be happy with it no matter how and what your home style changes to.  I’ve made this mistake before.  If a piece is an aged old oil painting i get it in an old world frame – it just belongs it in.  I once got one in a modern frame and i dont’ love it – it looks like i was trying to make it hip and it is way less interesting and has less integrity now.  But i was trying to be cheap…..

My resources for framing in Los Angeles:

1. Hotel De Ville.  I’ve mentioned this store before because Dana the owner has very good and creative taste and will give you strong opinions with both inexpensive and expensive options.  It is not CHEAP, i don’t want you going int there thinking you are going to spend $50. Custom anything is expensive and these companies need to get paid especially when they do a stand out job. Know that since you are spending money you are also getting an expert whereas if you go to Aaron Brothers they don’t care what you do and won’t help make decisions.  At least that’s been my experience.  Dana ways in and gives you options and makes it totally fun.  I’m absolutely addicted to going there.  

2. Quick Frames, 2904 Los Feliz Blvd.  Not amazing, but reasonable prices for the quality.  Well, ‘competetive’ prices and fast.  I go there when i have a mass amount and want them cheaply done (like for a shoot, less for myself) and he normally gives a good deal.  I would highly recommend Hotel De ville over here, but if you just want fast and cheap, then this is a good option.

3. Best Picture Framing company. 

This one isn’t for everybody. The frames are NOT amazing and they don’t have a huge selection.  There are only 2 mats to choose from – white and beige.  But 2-3 of their 20 frame options are kinda good. 

It’s downtown and in a pretty sketchy neighborhood. You have to pay cash. And don’t mention my name. And they may or may not speak English. And its not really a store, more like a weird warehouse with a weird door. 

Not a good sell, right?

But its CHEAP.  Like crazy crazy crazy crazy cheap.  You get what you pay for.  I go here if i have a large custom piece and can’t find anything ready made….. and on a budget.  OR if i have a huge lot of pieces to get framed fast – because their turn around is pretty fast.  If those are your needs then you can get something really large framed for $80 (or way less, depending on who rings you up).  Their prices may have gone up, i went there a lot during the show but don’t go there for myself normally.  Some of their frames are huge and gaudy but if they were spray painted could be kinda awesome……

 Beyond the readymade choices i recommend above, i would say if you are going custom framing to do it in person. I’ve never used one of the online choices, like pictureframing.com but i feel like it would be like buying upholstered furntiure online – it might be fine but its a risk.   I need to sit in it, feel the foam, look at the finish of the fabric in person in order to buy.  You’ll spend more in person at a store, but i think its worth it. 

Plus going online limits your options a TON, and these things are particular – a frame that looks gaudy and crazy online might just look amazing once you get it next to your piece with the right mat and you can’t experiment online. You just get it in the mail and have to make do.

PLEASE if anyone knows a good online resource for framing large items in modern frames PLEASE share. Ikea is really the only go to for cheap big frames.  

Anybody have any secrets we should know?  PLEASE share……please….

 

 

  1. Hey Emily,

    I highly recommend Fine Art Solutions in Highland Park. They do a lot of work for galleries and museums, and have very limited styles. But if you're looking for something to be framed really simply and expertly, then they are the place to go. I have them frame all of my vintage prints in their walnut frames, and it looks so sleek. It ain't cheap. I think I paid $125 for an 8×10. But they're great. I just realized this post is more about ready-made frames, and I am recommending an expensive custom place — oh well.

    Let me know if you ever try them out!

    –Katherine

  2. Great post! Will definitely be sharing it with my blog readers. Just a couple of thoughts from someone who worked as a Project Manager/Art Consultant for a large gallery & consulting firm– so I've specified probably 1000s of frames in my time..

    Re: Floating art on a mat– this is a fantastic look & as you mentioned, a great way to show off interesting shape or edges. BUT if you're floating a piece of artwork or anything else you don't want damaged, make sure that you use "spacers" ( can be plastic or pieces of mat/foam core ) between the mat & glass so that the glass doesn't touch the artwork. This will allow air to flow around the art & there will be less chance of condensation build up.

    Re: double mats– I agree, tone on tone is usually the way to go! I always found that giving the bottom mat a larger "reveal" ( the part of the mat you see ) gives the work a more contemporary look than the standard 1/4" reveal. It looks much more gallery-like and less bad decorator.

    Frame shops will often have overstock lengths of moulding– never hurts to ask, especially if you're framing something small. The small lengths can be really tough to get rid of and they would rather sell it to you at a discount than continue to pay for it as a part of their inventory.

    Totally with you on the photo mounting.. mounting on plexi is becoming really popular in healthcare, corporate & contemporary home situations for the modern look, budget friendliness & ease of cleaning. But I see it quickly becoming overused.

    Wish I could give you some sources for decent large scale ready-mades. Most of our large jobs were custom, since we had our own framing staff & buying bulk sticks, mats, glass, etc and fitting each one was better for our jobs usually.

  3. Great post. Wish I had this a couple weeks ago when I was scouring my town for appropriate already made frames for a collections of prints I wanted to hang.

    Will bookmark for next time. Or pin, rather. ;)

    Another tip – don't default to a place like Michael's for custom framing if you're getting it done in person. Even their "60% off" sales or whatever are usually more expensive than other framing places. I go to a local shop here in Oregon called "Afordable Framing" and they are more personable, less expensive, equally (or more) skilled, and it supports the local economy instead of big corporation names. Oh, and they had much, much faster turn around time.

  4. Great info! I willl be adding these to my resource list. As a artist i've done it all…paid WAY too much w/ custom frame shops & screwed up tons of stuff doing it myself;). Oh well, live & learn right? This is such a shameless plug but i recently blogged about a painting I just had custom framed (There is a new shop locally that I love using)… I bought a piece of linen that the framer attached to the matte & my painting is floating on top…it turned out so pretty. Anyways, you can see it here http://chillart.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/framing/.

  5. I worked in the custom framing industry for 10+ years, and I agree with the above comments- don't be fooled by the big box stores' 50% off coupons- their pricing is crazy expensive because they know you'll use a coupon. And like Artsy Forager said, always use spacers if you're "floating" a piece that has any value. For that matter, always use acid-free matting and UV protective glass for valuable things as well.

    But my tip is about a possible way to get cheaper matting. As you mentioned, you can buy matboard from art supply stores or even online. If you bring in your own matboard, a framer will most likely cut it for fairly cheap, and you will be able to keep the scraps to use in another project. Also, check around for frame shops in your area that sell "fall-off" matboard (these are the scraps) or frames made from the moulding scraps. As you mentioned, it's difficult to get rid of extra matboard or small pieces of moulding, so many independant frame shops will sell it for cheaper!

  6. Katie

    Emily,

    Your posts are killing it lately! They are insanely helpful, practical, immediately useful… Your taste is incredible, and your expertise is invaluable. I'm always psyched to read your blog. Keep it up! And thank you very much for sharing. Reading your blog is a little bit like going to online design school. If that exists.

    Katie :)

  7. Holly

    20 years ago my Mom turned me on to Westside Art Center in Inglewood – off the 405 past the big Randy's Donuts donut (you westsiders know what I'm talking about). They're pretty hole-in-the-wallish but really nice and reeeally inexpensive.

  8. Therese

    Brilliant post Emily, thanks for putting it together

  9. Kara

    This was beyond helpful! I'm so sick of the options at craft stores. Good to know a few online options that have worked for you.

  10. Laura

    I have become addicted to fractureme.com which prints your image onto glass. Cheap and great as long as the image you send is great.

  11. Danielle

    Great post! I have gotten a few things custom framed. They can be really really expensive, I only do it for things I will keep forever. I know people are discouraged from Michaels. I have only had good experiences. Usually I buy ready made frames for less valuable item, get mats cut and have the frame shop frame for me. The Michaels in Glendale has been great. They always can can the mat in a couple of days and done in no time. I find that the more expensive boutique shops can never have a fast turnaround. When the michaels people put it together, they even professionally desk the back and add hooks for the piece. I have had pieces done this way and nobody could tell it wasn't custom.

    I also love Imagineonmetal.com. I used them once for a picture of my dog from a groupon I bought. It was just an iPhone pic but turned out amazing. Great quality and they enhanced the imagine so it looks vibrant. I agree that the picture should be dometging unique and fun. The one of my dog car surfing is perfect on metal.

  12. Thank you for posting this. It’s exactly what I was looking for!

  13. Diane

    Great post! I'm always on the look out for a low-cost frame, but rarely does the mat that comes with it fit my artwork. I've been using Documounts in Portland for custom matting and have been really happy with their work. Not worth it for one mat, but the more you order the better the prices get. And anyone living near Portland can go by the shop to pick up an order and avoid shipping charges. They also offer some frame options. http://www.documounts.com/content/home

  14. Sara

    Such great tips!! Thanks so much for the incredibly detailed info! I'm glad to hear you approve of IKEA ribba…my go to recommendation for cheap frames, but I like to mix in different textures/styles (even if those are also in expensive) because I hate the frame-set-out-of-a-box-look. I also think adding at least once curvy shaped item (in a frame or a more sculptural type item) helps with the whole masculine/feminine balance you always talk about…some curve to balance out all of the right angles in most frames and mats.

    Thanks so much!!

    Don't know if this is a tip, but if you're looking for interesting vintage-y frames and want to unify a group with color & don't want to go the spray paint route (I have a client w/ little kids in a city apartment who just can't spray paint in there), there are some etsy sellers who sell sets of frames that they have collected and painted.

  15. Bridget

    Speaking of frames, actually my response to your post has absolutely nothing to do with frames (though I am saving this info for when my focus turns to a family gallery wall) so no seguey is being missed here; there is none. I just didn't know how else to post my overall comment. I'm smack in the midst of redesigning my family room and prior to pulling the trigger lately, I find myself asking What Would Emily Do. These WWED moments were first realized when making my sconce selection (went brass by the way), and then popped up again in the selection of fabrics for accent pillows (emerald green – yes) and now the WWED ringing in my ears has me stumped as to which side tables to choose for tables on either side of sofa. Matching non-matching, if non-matching, should/can tables be both round? Should I go with pair of brass round with mirroredtop and base or white painted round with gold accents? Or one if each? Obviously I'm not looking for any answers here (though I'd love if somehow you'd just "know" the right mix and telepathically be able to tell me). I recall that you had asked for suggestions on blog topics and was thinking maybe you could have a monthly or bi-weekly post (I always mess up which is which when using bi) answering readers' questions. Sort of a "Dear Emily . . . . From Desperately Seeking Side Tables". I love that movie with Aidan Quinn. Huge crush after that performance which was him just being totally good looking with those eyes. I'm sure your readers share in these WWED thoughts – at least that's what I tell myself to convince myself I'm not a stalker – cuz I'm not a stlker – though when I tell myself that it then feels like I'm the drunk girl who keeps saying "I'm not drunk, I'm really not".

    I'm sure youre completely overwhelmed and implementing this probably entails much more than the idea suggests, but you never know. Just throwing it out there. And if it's something you decide to do, I really wouldn't mind, like at all, if you wanted to use my dilemma as your first test case. Really, it would be okay, totally.

    Thank you, for your posts Emily. It's a pleasure to read them.

  16. Jenny M.

    I second your future business venture!! A very helpful and useful post all around. Thanks!

  17. Terrific info, practical and pragmatic, while keeping the aesthetics high…I scanned through the comments and didn't notice anyone who had used or mentioned American Frame online? If you have enough lead time, I recommend checking out their site.

    http://www.americanframe.com

    Although there's nothing like going to a frame shop in person to try frame and matte samples around the artwork in question, American Frame features a preview of your artwork to approximate the final result before placing an order. You can upload an image up to 50 MB in size. They'll even print it on archival quality paper or on canvas then frame it for you.

    Their prices are always consistently lower than any other custom frame shop I've ever used and they have free shipping on orders of $75 or more. The trade-offs are you may be framing your own artwork and doing some assembling, but I don't mind this part provided I have the time, I rather enjoy it. Large frames (over 54 unit inches) are charged an "oversized" charge for shipping purposes, but other than that surcharge and some assembly, I've experienced nothing but good quality and smooth transactions using American Frame.

    They ship promptly, so the lead time often isn't anymore than it would be going to a custom framer. They even have cheesy instructional videos with catchy tunes entitled "How to….with The Frame Fairy", reminding me of "Electric Company", "Sesame Street" and "School House Rock" days on PBS as a kid. As an adult these videos are only mildly annoying, a trade-off for good DIY information. All told, AF is totally worth checking out.

  18. anna

    great post! thanks!

  19. Chloe

    thank you for this post emily! seriously framing can give me a headache- your list helped a ton!

  20. My question to the group is how to mix Ikea frames into a wall collage? I love birch colored frames and they're impossible to find anywhere other than Ikea in a ready made fashion, but they are sooo deep that when I mix in my usual frames they stick out like a sore thumb (at least 1/2-1"). I love Emily's idea of mixing them in – but how?

    My solution for framing on the cheap is this eBay store! I don't love the standard mats, but he'll make any size frame for you! (except in a birch color, blah): http://myworld.ebay.com/tabby7/&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2754

    And as for great mats for super cheap: http://myworld.ebay.com/qww8x10/&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2754

    Ok, I've shared my secrets – please share how to mix Ribba frames into a wall collage :), I'm having the issue as we speak…

  21. This is a crazy comprehensive, super amazing roundup!

    Just wanted to add that I used to teach mat cutting as part of a photography curriculum, and it's not hard at all to cut your own mats. All you need is a $28 Logan cutter ( http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=620696&Q=&is=REG&A=details ), a heavy straight edge (ruler, etc), some cheap clamps from home depot and scrap cardboard. Oh, and math.

    If you can cut your own mats, you can make even cheap ass frames look like custom masterpieces.

  22. Melissa

    This is such a great post – something that we all struggle with. Will your next 'affordable' series be on curtains? Seriously – why are they so expensive.

    I have to say that I have used pictureframes.com a couple of times. They are good in a pinch for a really basic basic frame, I agree with you, I'd want to see it in person if it was anything elaborate. But, we just got a HUGE print framed with one of their frames, and while It's mainly a solution until we can afford to do the real thing, it's a great solution. We got a plain black 1" frame, so nothing extravagant. It looks good and it was only a little more than $100 (the piece we had framed was 60" x 44").

  23. AA

    Unrelated but… Can you please do a post on how to put together mismatched furniture, e.g. different wingback chairs. I know you've given tips on the show, but I was wondering if you could explain how to get started in choosing the right furniture for the look? PLEASE! Thanks :)

  24. bekah

    the title of the post makes no sense?

  25. Great post. I've resorted to buying, ahem, "cheap" artwork just to use the frame (for example, if I needed square frames, which used to be hard to come by). I've also picked up artwork at secondhard stores just to use the frames. But now I'm a mom and don't have the luxury of time, so I appreciate your tips!

    Question: I'm preparing some prints to sell in my etsy shop and looking for square mats. If you (or anyone) have a resource, I would appreciate a referral!

  26. Wow, thanks Emily! This is the kind of super-informative, useful post that we don't see enough of in blogland. Pinning it!

  27. Oh my gosh. So glad I found your blog. Duh. Love this post. I had all these great ideas about things I wanted to frame but became discouraged by the cost and choices. Not many options here locally (santa barbara). So I'll check those brands out online.
    thanks again!

  28. Just a quick tip, hang different size and styles of frames in your house to give it a modern look. Choose photos that are happy and really memorable. You can also mix art pieces in frames with your own photos.

  29. I just purchased a print of Michelle Armas' Antonia painting for my brother and his wife. I think you featured it in an art round-up you did a while back, actually. The print is 13 x 13.5 (square) but it is impossible to find a square-shaped thin (modern) frame. IKEA's 20 x 20 Ribba comes close, but they don't sell it online and the nearest store is 2 hours away. I'm having to take apart a RIBBA frame I have (which, ironically enough, my brother and sister-in-law gave to me a couple years ago) in order to mount the print in time for our gift exchange early next week. No time for custom framing, unfortunately.

    Thanks for sharing the tips and the online resources. I totally agree that it's hard to find good, modern frames. (Target does have some decent thin black frames, similar to West Elm's, but they never have the size in stock that I need at the time.)

  30. How do you feel about framing art on canvas? Is there a way to do that on the cheap, and how do you know when to frame your canvas and when not to?

  31. Julie

    EMILY!!! You're the best! Just used this blog to buy over 40 frames for artwork we've had sitting around the house for years. Mister Art is another great online resource. They had more sizes in the Fineline than A.I. Friedman. Speaking of the Fineline frames, they are WONDERFUL! My husband and I are in love with them. Thanks so much for sharing your wealth of shopping knowledge with the world!

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